MCILWAIN, Allan Graham Moffat November 29, 1931 - April 17, 2014 . Allan passed away suddenly on Keats Island, BC, at age 82. Born in Vancouver to John and Gladys (Humphries) McIlwain, he was the youngest of 8 children. John and Gladys raised their family on Barnston Island, in Marpole, and East Vancouver. Al attended Van Tech then worked in the shipyards of Coal Harbour while completing a 4 year apprenticeship in the trade of Wooden Boat Building with Dawe Marine Ltd. Al went north to work and formed a boat building partnership named McIlwain & Stephenson based in Quatsino. He soon returned to Vancouver to marry his sweetheart whom he had met at a young people's social. Al and Phyllis Greta (Casson) were married on August 28, 1954 at Grandview Baptist Church. Happily married for 53 years, they raised 3 children, enjoying a wonderful life on the North Shore and Keats Island. Al completed studies at the Westlawn School Of Yacht Design. He was a member of the Institute of Naval Architects of British Columbia and The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In 1967 Al formed A.G. McIlwain Ltd. Naval Architects - Consultants which he operated until his passing. Over his distinguished 47 year career, Al designed hundreds of vessels including tugs, fishboats, barges, water-taxis, and yachts which today ply the waters of BC and beyond. Al enjoyed working around the house and garden, playing steel guitar, and the music of Grand Ole Opry legends Gene Autry and Hank Williams. He could fix anything; a golf cart, broken pipes, or a grandchild's toy. He supported the work of the Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, Keats Camps, and Barnabas Family Ministries. Al was preceded in death by his beloved wife Phyl, sisters Elva, Beulah, Daisy, and Selma, and brothers Irwin and Lloyd. Al is lovingly remembered by his daughter Janet, son Stephen (Shannon), grandchildren Nolan, Paisley and Grady McIlwain, daughter Lisa (Fred), his brother Leslie, and numerous family members and friends. Al was a generous, kind man with a gentle demeanor and will be greatly missed. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 1:00 pm, at West Vancouver Baptist Church, 450 Mathers Avenue, West Vancouver. If friends so desire, donations in Al's name may be made to Keats Camps, a camp for kids which was dear to his heart. For those wishing to share a memory of Allan, please go to www.hollyburnfunerals.com Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221
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Published in The North Shore News from May 14 to May 15, 2014