It is with heavy hearts that the family of Alan Gear announce his passing after a brief illness, on April 9, 2012 at the age of 65.
Al will be lovingly remembered by Carole, his wife of 39 years, and his children Devon (Steve), and Alan Jr. Al will also be forever remembered by his sister Marguerite Lee, one niece and two nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Ted and Daisy Gear.
Al was born on Saltspring Island, B.C., on April 29, 1946. He graduated from Gulf Islands Secondary School and then began a diverse working life which included the marine industry as a mate/master and a marine surveyor, allowing him many adventures along the B.C. coast. Al also worked in real estate; he owned the Vesuvius Store on Saltspring and spent many years in the residential construction business.
Al took pleasure in life from many different things, he loved spending time with his wife, kids, friends, his pets, community projects, trapshooting, woodworking, road trips, history, reading, gardening, and he enjoyed good food. Volunteering his skills and his time was important to Al; he was a life member of the Saltspring Island Farmers Institute, a member of both the Saltspring Island Rod and Gun Club, the Forest Grove Rod and Gun Club, and Ducks Unlimited. He was also a 25 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
Al enjoyed a brief retirement in the home that he built in Lone Butte, B.C., located in the Cariboo, a place that he loved.
A Celebration of Al’s life will be announced at a later date.
Those who desire may make a memorial donation in Al’s memory to the BCSPCA, Box 1948, 100 Mile House, BC,
V0K 2E0. spca.bc.ca/100milehouse/
100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted
with the arrangements. 250-395-3243