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Dean Cameron ALLEN


It is with unspeakable sorrow
that we announce the sudden
passing of Dean Cameron
Allen, on January 13, 2018 at
the age of 51.
   He leaves behind his parents,
James and Holly; his brother,
Craig; an adoring family;
longtime partner, Gail; and a
legion of loving friends and
admirers around the world.
   Renaissance man, trailblazer
and autodidact extraordinaire,
Dean was a person of dazzling
wit, charm and erudition.
   Graphic designer,
typographer, teacher, web
pilgrim, critic, author,
Weimaraner tamer, song and
dance man, chef... he brought
titanic intelligence, insight and
humour to everything he did.
And whatever room he was
in, he was the weather.
   He was instrumental in
bringing clean, elegant design
and typographical rigour to
the early internet. And in
raising online writing to a
fresh and thrilling new art
form. A source of inspiration
to many, he was generous
with his guidance and praise.
   Equally at home with the
bawdy as the sublime, he
could wield his humour like a
cudgel or dashing sleight of
hand. And salvage even the
most dire situation with
   He moved from his native
Vancouver to France in his
thirties, and had perfected the
bise and Gallic shrug by day
two. He was a loving
stepfather, and gave full,
raucous meaning to the term
'bon vivant'. O, combien tu
nous manques.
   His absence is unfathomable.
We miss him with every

Published in The Globe and Mail on Feb. 6, 2018
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