Posted: April 14th, 2016

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We are saddened to announce the passing of ALLAN NEVILLE, on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the age of 86 years.

He is survived by his daughter Gayle (Joel) Morrissette and his sons, Scot (Marcie) and Lee (Rochelle); grandchildren: Loni, Lacy, Simon (Brianne), Emily, Sam, Chloe and Sophie as well as his great-grandson, Hunter Joel Lyons.

Allan was predeceased by his son Gene and his brothers, Keith and Eric.

Allan was born in High River, AB, on November 1, 1929. The early years were spent in the Turner Valley oil fields and surrounding areas. To make ends meet, the family formed a dance band called the Swing Shift and Allan became an accomplished trumpet player. He loved Jazz music and the Dixie band era. After a number of moves, the family settled in Coaldale where Allan was married to Kay Holtman for a time. They had two children, Gene and Gayle. After a number of years, Allan joined his parents in Hays, AB. where they starting farming.

Allan and Sherri were married in 1969 and moved to an acreage near Lethbridge where they raised their two sons, Scot and Lee. He worked for Western Canadian Seed and later, Palliser Distillers. He became a proud member of the UFCW and it was there that he met Norm Leclaire, a man he admired and trusted. Dad often said he wished he had become a union activist when he was much younger. We’re sure that management did not share that thought.

Allan had a passion for classic cars – especially Ford Mustangs and ‘56 T-Birds and loved working on old cars with his buddies from the Lethbridge Street Rod Association. He had compassion for animals and appreciated the companionship of any stray cats that happened to wander into his yard. Allan also enjoyed working on various projects and collecting memorabilia.

During his days at Palliser, he became close friends with Randy Gray. Dad and Randy remained the closest of friends and shared in many escapades that are best left unchronicled!

A Celebration of Dad’s Life will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB, on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with Pastor Glenda Wert officiating.

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2 Condolences for “NEVILLE Allan”

  1. Ken Manning says:

    I worked with Al at Palliser from start-up for around four years.
    We were both engineers in the boiler house. At that time my last name was Bezeau, which I changed to Manning some years ago.
    Al was a great guy with a unique sense of humour. He was kind and intelligent, and as good and loyal as a friend could be.
    At times a rough exterior could mask the real Al, but in truth he never fooled anyone.
    Years ago I met Sherri and Scot and Lee and my heart goes out to them for their loss.
    Over the years I’ve thought of Al many times, the laughs we had will stay with me for the rest of my life.
    Farewell Al, rest easy, the world you left behind is a better place for your being here.

  2. LaWana (West) Jensen says:

    I am Allan’s cousin. Allan’s father, Albert was my mother’s brother. My mother is Ruth Ada (Neville) West (Oliver).
    I married an American and have lived in the USA all my married life.
    Several times when visiting family in the Cardston area we would stop in and visit Allan and his wife. In our genealogy data base it shows Sharon Mary Frances as Allan’s wife and she is the one with him when we’d visit. (Is she still living?)
    Allan was always pleasant and courteous to us, I liked him very much. I also knew Eric and Keith. When my husband and I lived in Salt Lake we would visit Keith and Ann. We were there when Keith was diagnosed with cancer and passed away.
    I’ve lived long enough to have most family members pass away so I know the empty feeling but the sweet memories will fill the spaces. Treasure those memories. May the family be comforted. Be thankful you had Allan for all those years.
    Please contact me via email. I’d love to be in touch with the family. I have one sister still living in Lethbridge – Donna (West) Widmer. She is 86 years old and lives in the Haig Tower.
    Dorothy gave me lots of genealogy information when she lived in Lethbridge, after my uncle Albert passed away in 1968. I loved Aunt Dorothy. She was a regal lady.
    Sending warm thoughts and prayers to the family.
    LaWana Jensen

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