CALKINS, Allan Dale
Allan Dale Calkins was born in Ponoka, Alberta, November 24, 1929, at rest January 17, 2013. He was 83.
One of six children born to Grover Cleveland Calkins and Frances Mary Bush, Allan was raised in Lacombe Alberta where he had a notable history in hockey playing goaltender for the Olds Elks; setting Allan up for coaching hockey in Calgary with the Bantam AA Blackhawks, winning the City Championships in 1975-76. During these early years playing hockey in Central Alberta, Allan met and married Jacqueline Desharnais of Wetaskiwin on June 27, 1953. They would have celebrated their sixtieth anniversary this year.
The young couple moved to Calgary where Allan worked in the Oil and Gas business, first at Western Geophysical, then Triad Oil and Gas and later British Petroleum. Allan bravely branched out to start a successful seismic data company by the 70's, developing business acumen that followed him later into his farming career and somewhere along the line he became known simply as Al. Al demonstrated his strong values of community as he actively led the Kingsland Community Association in the late 60's and 70's as well as raising his three children, Glen, Michelle and Neal. Al's love of sport permeated their lives with Glen actively skiing and pursuing a career first in marketing with the Canadian Alpine Ski team and then as an owner of Tim Horton restaurants; daughter Michelle honed her skills in the pool with the Calgary Aquabelles; and Neal played ice hockey and lacrosse throughout high school and now actively coaches. Al challenged everyone to be the best they could be.
Al's grandparents, Clyde and Mary Bush travelled from the eastern United States to Alberta in a covered wagon to farm near Ponoka. This strong maternal family influence overtook Allan and by the early 80's he was searching for farmland and a new adventure. In 1982 Al purchased farmland near Tees, Alberta where he actively raised cattle and enjoyed the country life with wife Jackie. This was a prolific time for Al as he set about ordering his life with farming, tree planting, animal husbandry, gardening, bird watching and family. Al further directed his attention to a more unusual quest for knowledge about the Knights Templar, taking him to England, Scotland and Wales. His thirst for history also included the pioneers of Alberta driving many country roads and cemeteries in search of learning and this inquiry stretched to everyone he met. Al never tired of meeting life with courage and with pride.
Al's family includes brothers, Jack, Cork and Wes; sisters, Joan and predeceased Beth; wife, Jackie; children, Glen, Michelle (DeFilippi) and Neal; grandchildren, Dale, Anna, Paul, Ryann, Cori, Molly and Jack. Al was a son, man, husband, father, grandfather, farmer, gardener, bird watcher, crossword puzzler, historian, reader and a thinker.
Funeral Services will be held at Wilson's Funeral Chapel, 6120 Highway 2A, Lacombe on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Interment will take place at the Earlville Rutherford Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please give to the Red Deer Hospice, 99 Arnot Avenue, Red Deer, AB, T4R 3S6, www.reddeerhospice.com
where Allan passed away with dignity, and the honor and pride he always carried with him. Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting:www.wilsonsfuneralchapel.ca
WILSON'S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM,
of Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements.
"A Caring Family, Caring For Families"