Alan, the eldest of three sons, was born to Jim and Hazel Cail in Mission City, B.C.
He was raised and schooled in Mission where he graduated from Mission Jr/Sr High School in 1958.
In 1961 Al married Charlotte Kimola and they had a family of two sons, Jim and Steve, and a daughter, Kim. They moved north to find work, as their family grew.
Al worked at many different jobs, but his love for the outdoors led him to the forestry industry as his main choice of employment.
In March 1981, Al was in a horrific logging accident, which nearly ended his life. A huge tree crushed him but through pure guts and determination he overcame the odds and managed to survive. He used the clutch pedal of his pickup truck to exercise his leg to regain his strength. His leg had been so badly crushed that he was told it would need to be amputated.
Throughout the years, Al and his family lived in many areas of B.C. but the Cariboo was always his favourite. He especially loved the Farwell Canyon area. He and his family spent many hours on trail bikes, camping, hunting and fishing. Family was very important to Al. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren.
Alan was pre-deceased by his son Jim and his wife of 42 years, Charlotte.
Al developed a love for anything with wheels and a motor. He raced dragsters, did hill climbs, and owned several motorbikes, cars, trucks, quads and trail bikes. He could be out in the woods and not hear the birds singing but he could hear a truck coming from miles away before anyone else would hear it. He also had a fantastic memory for directions, names, local history and stories. He seldom packed a map but would “study” a map before leaving on a trip and would have all the details memorized. Al never ceased to amaze me with his memory for details.
Karen became his best friend and companion for the past five years of his life. They travelled in the back roads of B.C., had picnics in the middle of winter and enjoyed life to the fullest. Al went on one final moose hunt with his youngest brother Stan in October 2011.
They came back with two moose but Al was in pain. He fought a brave battle with cancer; however, he was unable to win.
He passed away quietly with his daughter-in-lawAngela by his side. There was no service held for Al in accordance to his wishes.
Al leaves to mourn his companion Karen, his son Steve (Angela), their daughters Ashley and Megan, his daughter Kim (Kevin) and his grandson Boden, his grandchildren from Jim’s family, Collin and Julie, brothers Richard (Joy) and family, brother Stan (Kathy) and family as well as numerous friends from all parts of B.C.
Al was never shy about striking up a conversation with anyone, anywhere, so he made many friends wherever he went.
Our heartfelt thanks go to friends and family for their huge support — Dr. Scrooby for his kindness and compassion throughout Al’s illness, Rhoda and Chris for their care and understanding, Dick Poole and Steve Cail for building a ramp to make it possible for Al to get outside, home care nursing, home support, the Red Cross and Hospice — you all made it possible for me to care for Al at home as long as was possible.
Thank you to the paramedics and fire chief for their compassion on Al’s final trip to the hospital. A huge thank you goes to Donna for being there for me. Last but not least; thank you to the staff at Deni House for making Al’s final days as comfortable as possible.
Without all of you, I could not have provided the care for him that I did.
A special thank you to Sheena and her staff at Little Moccasins Learning Centre. Your moral support and kindness has meant so much to me.
— Karen Fairclough and the Cail family.