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Alan Hird(7/24/1929 - 10/19/2013)

Surrounded by tears, love, and laughter, our amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, was lifted gently onto his next journey.

Dad was born in Kaber, England, a true Yorkshire lad. He spent hours keeping up with his older brother Doug; while sister Irene kept her watchful eye on the 'little nipper'.

In keeping with his adventurous spirit and a desire for a better life, Dad journeyed with his young family to New York onboard the Queen Elizabeth II, staying for a year in Amherstburg Ontario before completing his dream of living in British Columbia in 1954. A small house was bought in Pemberton Heights, North Vancouver in 1955 that is known to all as '1024'. As the family grew to four children, so did our beloved home, an ongoing project that was home to anyone who walked in the front door. During these years, Dad took great pride in coaching several soccer teams, including the Capilano Thunderbirds; he was a mentor and friend to all.

His career as a master cabinet maker and carpenter spanned over 38 years with Lauder Bros. leaving a legacy of hundreds of beautiful homes in the Lower Mainland. Dad shared a very special friendship which he truly treasured with Mal Lauder.

In 1979 he married Marlene and together they shared 34 years wonderful years. Dad's love of history and travel took them on numerous adventures across this country he was proud to call home. He led a full and active retirement in Penticton: hiking, biking and his greatest joy, cross-country skiing at Nickleplate.

Remembered with hearts full of loving memories: Marlene; John & Cindy, Beth & Tim, Beverly & Doug, David & Rosalind and our Mom June; Lesley & Graham, Susan & David, 10 grandchildren: Trevor, Devon & Kelsey; Nadia & Chantelle; Jenna & Sam; Ashley & Hayden; Josie and great-grandson, Jackson.

A Memorial will be held on Saturday November 2nd at 11:00am at Parkview Chapel, 1258 Main Street, Penticton, BC. A Celebration of Life will be held in North Vancouver at a later date. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

"Unforgettable, that's what you are"
Published in The North Shore News on Oct. 27, 2013
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