Allan James Furey
February 24, 1946 - October 9, 2012
Private, athletic, loyal, entrepreneurial, trustworthy, competitive, exacting, proud, justly fair, tenacious: these are all things Allan.
Hard to live with? Sometimes, yes. Hard to get to know? Definitely. Loyalty was number one: we knew he was there for us. Tough on the outside, soft-centered. He believed in giving 110% to all he put his hand to, whether business or sports. Allan expected the best from all around him - not least of all, himself.
Born in Kingston, Ontario, adopted in infancy, grew up poor in Colonsay, Saskatchewan. He earned a bachelor degree, majoring in criminology at the U of S., Saskatoon. Playing sports, especially hockey and baseball was his passion. Allan married Carey, his wife of 38 years in Abbotsford, B.C. Allan started work at Matsqui Institution, and later became the District Director for the National Parole Service. Carey and Allan started Abbotsford Printing which they ran together for 14 years. Next, a paper supply company was formed. In 1991 they purchased and managed Eze Rent- It Centre. The past 17 years they have owned two businesses in Alberta, while residing Abbotsford, B.C.
Through the printing years, they started their family of three daughters and one son: Nichol, Vanessa, Alexandra and Conrad Furey.
Allan always thought outside of the box. Many would come to him for advice either for personal matters or business-related ones. Allan's adoptive Dad once told him: "You measure your height from the chin up." Allan was short in stature, but a giant from his shoulders to the top of his head. He loved the "game" all his life, not as a fan but as a competitor. He played AAA baseball, farm team level hockey, racquetball, running, weight-lifting. His nemesis - golf - caused literally hundreds of thousands of balls to flee from his clubs over the years. And he was addicted to his children's sports too.
Allan was agnostic most of his life. Months before he left us he trusted Jesus Christ with his soul.
Allan died at age 66, the result of complications from multiple massive strokes in December of 2011. Allan will leave a chasm in our home and will never be forgotten.
We love you and miss you Allan. God's speed. See you on the other side.
In his memory, a celebration of Allan's life will be held in Saskatchewan late spring. Notice will be given at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate some time or money to the charity of your choice, in Allan's name.

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Nov. 10, 2012