Allen B. "Al" PAGE
1953 - 2020
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PAGE, Allen B. (Al) February 17, 1953 - June 7, 2020 Al Page passed away peacefully in the company of his devoted mate Laurie on the evening of June 7th, 2020. Al had spent the afternoon sipping coffee, sitting in the sun, inspecting vintage bolt action rifles with friends. A fitting prelude to someone who was about to depart from our midst. After having a quiet dinner, a cup of coffee by his side, sitting in his favourite chair his heart ceased functioning. Allen B. Page, second son born to Dorothy and Arthur Page February 17, 1953, younger brother to Harry born in 1948. Al was brilliant, a thinker, collector, a multi faceted individual doing everything he enjoyed with passion. In his youth Al and his brother Harry were musicians. In his developing years Al enjoyed cars, target shooting, hunting and collecting. As he matured, his interest in hunting dogs, specifically German Shorthair Pointers unfolded. His favourite dog was Jake, a great hunter and field companion along with Laurie. Al did everything with dedication and conviction! He became a champion international hand gun competitor in the 1970's and a member of the Canadian Pistol Team competing in South Africa. He became accomplished in Practical Pistol shooting, silhouette, trap shooting, Cowboy Action shooting, bulls eye competitions with the eyes of a consummate marksman. Al was recognized by the Associations he belonged to, being a member of the Southern Vancouver Island Rangers and having bestowed a Lifetime Achievement Award. Also a member of the Victoria Fish & Game Protective Association who honoured him with a lifetime membership. He was also a member of the Juan de Fuca Gun Club. Al's passion for cars culminated in his ownership and restoration of a 1965 Mustang Shelby GT350 clone and a 1968 Mustang California Special. He was a member of the world wide California Mustang Collectors Association and also a member of the local Ford Mustang Collectors Club. His ultimate passion began in 1999 upon becoming acquainted with his future mate Laurie. Their relationship endured for 21 years until his passing. Al is irreplaceable, a mentor, scholar, instructor, sometimes actor in Wild West Shows, with an encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of firearms. The Al Page estate is seed funding a student bursary in his name with the Victoria Fish & Game Protective Association: https://vfgpa.org/allen-page. The loss for many is inconsolable. However, the legend will live on. A celebration of life will be held at some future date, TBA.



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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jun. 20 to Jun. 22, 2020.
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December 21, 2020
A great guy, kind person, always willing to help out and lots of fun. Al's infamous 'car cruises' to the local A&W were always a feature of every high school reunion. He will be sorely missed by all his old friends from James Bay and Victoria High.
Elaine Ellinger
Friend
August 8, 2020
What a loss to this crazy world! Loss of an ever-faithful friend; loss of an upbeat, constantly positive and encouraging presence that always knew things would turn out better than expected; loss of that dynamo of energy who could mobilize an enthusiastic army of volunteers for any event via an e-mail or two; loss of an ambulatory encyclopedia that knew the answer to any gun question ever asked; and most of all, the loss of the patron saint of the Victoria Women Shooters from the beginning. We were so blessed by Al’s support, and especially his mantra, which I heard many times, “Any excuse to be up at the Range!”
Good-bye, precious friend. I will miss your GTF biscotti at every gun and boat show!
Love & endless admiration,


p.s. So sorry this is late. I thought it had been sent. It's a forever message; I hope that counts.
Myrna Francis
Friend
July 17, 2020
I will miss Uncle Al. He took me under his wing when I first arrived in Victoria, and taught me how to shoot IPSC. A great guy, who was knowledgable about every aspect of the shooting sports.
Larry Zakreski
Friend
July 2, 2020
What a loss to this crazy world! Loss of an ever-faithful friend; loss of an upbeat, constantly positive and encouraging presence that always knew things would turn out better than expected; loss of that dynamo of energy who could mobilize an enthusiastic army of volunteers for any event via an e-mail or two; loss of an ambulatory encyclopedia that knew the answer to any gun question ever asked; and most of all, the loss of the patron saint of the Victoria Women Shooters from the beginning. We were so blessed by Als support, and especially his mantra, which I heard many times, Any excuse to be up at the Range!
Good-bye, precious friend. I will miss your GTF biscotti at every gun and boat show!
Myrna Francis
Friend
July 1, 2020
its a big loss my best and longest shooting friend is gone. He brought my to the cowboy shooting when the first match was in 1992. He has taught my endless things. His knowledge about our sport was a neverending source of inspiration. And he helped me whenever I needed it. Al you will be missed but never forgotten.
Holger Dittberner
Friend
June 29, 2020
What a loss to this crazy world! Loss of an ever-faithful friend; loss of an upbeat, constantly positive and encouraging presence that always knew things would turn out better than expected; loss of that dynamo of energy who could mobilize an enthusiastic army of volunteers for any event via an e-mail or two; loss of an ambulatory encyclopedia that knew the answer to any gun question ever asked; and most of all, the loss of the patron saint of the Victoria Women Shooters from the beginning. We were so blessed by Als support, and especially his mantra, which I heard many times, Any excuse to be up at the Range!
Good-bye, precious friend. I will miss your GTF biscotti at every gun and boat show!
Myrna Francis
Friend
June 29, 2020
This is a hard task to choose which memories of Al to share. There are infinitely more than anyone could ever list. His warmth, ever-cheery outlook, and enthusiasm energized every gathering he attended.
From my point of view, best of all was his love for shooting sports and firearms. It was Al who encouraged me to show up at the range and ask the (then) all-male SIAS members if I could shoot with them. I seem to remember it took more than one pep-talk, but he didn't give up.
Many years later, Al became mentor, good shepherd, and enthusiastic taskmaster to the fledgeling Victoria Women Shooters Club

June 26, 2020
Our sincerest condolences to Laurie and family. Al was always so cheerful, funny, and couldn't be stumped with a firearms question (and if he didn't know I'm sure he spoke with such authrity no one doubted him - LOL). We are going to miss your smiling face Al, see you again in a while.
John & Terri Green
June 26, 2020
Marvellous friend, many good times at North Saanich Rod and Gun shoots and Vancouver Island Mustang events. He will be missed for his muffins and conversation. Al was there when I purchased the pistol my husband Fred wanted, to give him for his birthday. Fred was not impressed the gun was registered in my name! We laughed over that for years.
Sandy Engels
Friend
June 23, 2020
Great loss to all who knew him. he was my "go tp" guy for any gun or ammo questions , when my students gave me odd questions. He was"cookie man" to our dog, who nearly turned herself inside out when she saw him. A fountain of knowledge, great stories, and lots of laughs.
He will be sorely missed. Rip Al, no more pain.

Sue and Art
Friend
June 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss, Laurie. I am happy to have met Al and am sure he will be missed. Good times shooting with him.
James Baldwin
June 23, 2020
I am so sorry Laurie--Al was such a friendly guy, honest, helpful and a genuinely kind soul. In the last number of years I have missed friendships like Al's.I remember the years he worked at Island Outfitters always behind the counter with a big smile and a hearty laugh and great advice. The Mustangs did he love the Mustangs. Rest In peace Al.
Terry Towns
Friend
June 22, 2020
My condolences, Laurie, in this challenging time. All will surely be missed.
John Lee
Acquaintance
June 22, 2020
Farewell Al, and see you on the other side.
John Lee
Acquaintance
June 21, 2020
Al was a good friend and mentor to all, and will be remembered by all the interests and hobbies he was involved in. A very amazing man! Proud to be his friends.
Tom & Jodi Sturgill
Friend
June 21, 2020
My condolences to Laurie and family during this very difficult time.Al was a good man who touched many.Hoping the day will come soon that the memory of Al will bring a smile to your lips and maybe a laugh as well as the sadness of missing him.Our loved ones are never completely gone as they live on in our hearts and memories forever.
Judy Leonard
Friend
June 21, 2020
l was a fine man and good friend, he will be missed by all who knew him.
Tom Sturgill
Friend
June 20, 2020
Laurie, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure that your cheerful personality will shine through when all the dust has settled.
Ken Gibbard
Friend
June 20, 2020
A very patient, understanding, spirit of a man. It was an honor to have known him...he had such a wonderful loving laugh too. Peace to you Al. Regards to friends and family. From Shelley.
Shelley Scott
Acquaintance
June 20, 2020
What I will always remember and admire about Al is that he never spoke down to anyone regardless of that persons knowledge about what ever the subject matter was. He could communicate with anyone and teach people with out being condescending. Thank you for the gift of knowledge that you gave to me.
Bo Wallenius
Friend
June 20, 2020
Al Page was a good friend. He will be sadly missed. The shooting fraternity lost a great one. See you on the other side, Al.
Rick Owens
Richard F Owens
Friend
June 20, 2020
He was a good friend, and a fount of knowledge. I'll miss him.

Doug Linton
Friend
June 20, 2020
Laurie, you have my sincerest condolences. May time heal the intensity of the pain as your joyful memories blossom.
Jean Chandler
Friend
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