July 31, 1936 – July 3, 2008
Alan passed away peacefully in 100 Mile Hospital with family by his side. Alan was born on July 31, 1936 in Kamloops, B.C. He came to the Bridge Lake area, with his mother Lois, in 1940. Shortly after their arrival, Lois married Marion Higgins who would become the father that Alan had always wanted. Alan always had a love for the outdoors. He learned how to hunt, trap and fish at a young age and these skills quickly turned to pure enjoyment for him. His most memorable times were spent at the Whitley Ranch where he rode broncos and found his true love for horses. He always found time to take in the local rodeos and later was content watching bull riding from his recliner. Alan’s younger years were spent logging, then working for the highways crew and eventually truck driving before a brain tumor forced him into retirement. He survived this ordeal and spent many happy years under the watchful eye of his dear friend and caregiver, Doris. Many enjoyable hours were spent in their kitchen, drinking coffee, playing crib and listening to Alan’s favourites – Country Classics. Alan was predeceased by his parents Marion and Lois and brothers Neil, Glen and Mel. Survived by his dear friend Doris, daughter Annette (Fred); three grandsons: Charlie, Chris, Curtis and one precious great-granddaughter, Amira. Also survived by his stepchildren: Ed, Ken (Jody), Brian, Sharon (Dan), Ruth (Barry) and by his siblings: Elmer (Kathrine), Teresa (Gerald), Clarence, Irene, Clifford (Lorna), Kathy (Pete), June (Nick), Colleen and all their families. Alan also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins as well as several dear friends who will truly miss him. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to either Roe Lake Recreation or the Lake View Cemetery, C 68 Thomas Point Site RR#1, Lone Butte, B.C. V0K 1X0. A tea will be held to celebrate Alan’s life on Friday, Aug. 1, 2008 between 2pm and 5pm at the Interlakes Hall. We invite all of Alan’s many friends to join us.