Oct 27, 1939 – May 24, 2018
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard (Dick) Allan at Chilliwack General Hospital after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Dad leaves behind his beloved wife of 54 years, Donna, son Dave (Karen), sisters Pat (Murvil), Glenda (Paul), and Karren (Ted), and dog Tilly. He is predeceased by his parents Thomas and Edris, brother Don (Evelyn), and son Michael.
Born in Port Alberni, Dick completed the H.A.M radio operator certification after high school graduation and worked briefly for Transport Canada in Sandspit, B.C.. Pursuing a change in occupation, he completed teacher training at UBC and began his 33 year career in education in Chilliwack, most of this time as a Principal. His passion and time devoted to various schools throughout the district touched the lives of thousands who will remember him for his dedication to the educational community.
Dad’s contribution and service to Chilliwack extends back to years of soccer refereeing and as a volunteer on the Board for Chilliwack Hospice Society.
Dick spent a lifetime enjoying many hobbies, including woodworking and cabinetry, with many of his projects still in use or on display around the house. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing along local rivers and lakes for salmon and trout. In his retirement, Dad was an active curler and member of the Chilliwack Curling Club. He spent countless hours in service to the Club not only as a valuable member of various Masters and Seniors teams, but as Club President and Draw-Master for league play and bonspiels.
Many friends and relatives will, of course, remember Dad for piloting his family around western B.C and the U.S in all types of R.V’s, exploring hundreds of campsites, parks and highways over decades of memory-making trips.
Dick’s legacy of husband, father, brother, and friend will never be forgotten – he will surely be missed by all who came to know him.
The family wants to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr.’s Wilson and Kennedy and to all nurses and R.T’s in the ICU at Chilliwack General Hospital.
A service will be held Saturday, June 2, 2:00 pm at Carman United Church in Sardis, with a gathering to follow at the Chilliwack Curling Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chilliwack Hospice Society.