FRANCIS, Allan Hugh
January 6, 1932 - May 10, 2014
Surrounded by family, Allan passed away peacefully on May 10, 2014, in his 83rd year. He was born in Winnipeg to Richard Francis and Ethel (nee Gallagher). He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Helen (nee Gallagher), and his three children, Karen (Peter), Allan (Lenise), and Sandra, and by four grandchildren, Michelle, Julie, David, and Eric. He is also survived by his two sisters, Valerie Campbell and Pat Rieman, and their loving families. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Allan grew up in Spearhill, Manitoba before attending the University of Manitoba, becoming a professional engineer. He worked his entire career for Dominion Bridge Company in Montreal, Regina, Calgary, Amherst, Montreal (again), Winnipeg, Montreal (yet again), and Toronto. He began in the position of design engineer and advanced to the position of President. Throughout his long career, he was highly respected by his colleagues in the industry. He was also a consummate family man who took great joy from spending time relaxing with family at the cottage, or the ski shack, or while exploring the world. His love for sport started with baseball and moved on to curling and golf. He was a long-time member of the Markland Wood Golf Club where he and his friends also spent many hours engrossed in bridge, another of his favourite pastimes. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Butler Chapel, 4933 Dundas St. W. (between Islington and Kipling Aves.) on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. A Celebration of Allan's Life will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. The family would like to thank the exceptional team at St. Joseph's Health Care Centre for their care and support. If desired, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society. Online condolences may be made through

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Turner & Porter Funeral Directors - Butler Chapel
4933 Dundas Street West Etobicoke, ON M9A 1B6
(416) 231-2283

Published in National Post from May 12 to May 13, 2014