ALAN CALDERWOOD Alan Calderwood died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville, Ontario, having suffered a stroke; his wife Sarah and sister Morag were with him, as were his step-son and sisters-in-law. Alan was born in Paisley, Scotland, on August 15, 1945, the son of Tommy and Marion Calderwood. The family lived beneath a flight path; as a boy, Alan used to watch the planes fly overhead. They inspired in him thoughts of the world beyond his small town. As a teenager he went to apprentice as a turner/fitter; it was his ticket out of Scotland. He worked for the Merchant Navy, travelling around the world, before settling in Canada in 1967. After a year at Gilbey's Distillery in Toronto, he joined the Metropolitan Police Force, serving as a police officer from then until his retirement in 1995. Alan had always been a lover of animals (his work with the mounted unit had been a highlight of his police career), and in his retirement he devoted himself to caring for them: tending the dogs, horses, donkeys, pigs and cats at his home in Caledon; and travelling to work with whales and whale scientists on the east and west coasts of Canada, and in Argentina. In 2006, Alan married Sarah Crandall Haney, his partner of many years. He was a caring step-father for Sarah's three children, John, Tom, and Shelagh, an important figure in their lives and in those of their partners; he was also proud step-grandfather to a new grandson, Anson. He will be much missed. Memorial donations can be sent to the Canadian Whale Institute, Box 633, Bolton, ON, L7E 5T4.
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Published in the Toronto Star on May 15, 2013