1928 ~ 2013
Alan George Blackwood of Kelowna passed away on May 4, 2013 at the age of 84 years. He is survived by his loving wife Gladys (nee Oldhaver), daughters and sons: Lynette Patenaude, Richard (Jocelyne), Patrick (Donna), Heather (Ken) Lawrence; grandchildren: Rena Johnson, Amber (Jason) Stratton, Jolene (Dan) Fremlin, Danielle (Brett) VanderHoek, Tyler Blackwood, Garrett Blackwood, Evan Blackwood; great grandchildren: Natasha Johnson, Lukas Johnson, Drew Woodford, Bayley Stratton, Yukon Fremlin; sister Mildred (Lloyd) Flintoft and many nieces and nephews. Alan was predeceased by his sisters and brothers: Eva (Jack) Fisher, Margaret (Bill) Stokes, Edna (Ralph) Daniels, Charlie (Doreen), Ethel (Don) Stratton, Lillah (Ken) Parks, Roy (Catherine).
Alan was the 9th child of William and Amelia Ann (nee McCurdy) Blackwood. He was born in Kelowna on Sept. 8, 1928 and married Gladys in 1951. Alan started with CN working tugs on Okanagan Lake in 1947 and the Athabasca River in Alberta. In 1955 they moved to Vancouver where he began his 35 year career with CP Transport taking a transfer to Williams Lake in 1965 and then back to Kelowna in 1977.
Alan retired in 1988 to enjoy 18 years of “Snowbirding”. His number one hobby was his family and he and Gladys spent many years visiting one group or another. Alan loved socializing and playing cards and was involved with the Lions Club (Williams Lake and Westbank). Fishing, hunting and traveling were interests that kept him entertained for his whole life with the best times being shared with this wife Gladys, his children and grandchildren.
Dad, grampa, greatgrampa will be remembered as a big Teddy Bear with a happy carefree spirit and a heart full of love. Everyone he knew will always have fond thoughts of him.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Thank You, The Family.