ALLEN CAMERON McKILLOP

Allen Cameron McKillop

Born August 9. 1927 in Dauphin Manitoba and died peacefully December 16, 2014 in Summerland BC.

Al was raised on the family farm during the depression years and grew up with an intense curiosity for all things in life. When the farm was converted to an Allied Forces training facility during the Second World War he learned how to fly during his early teens. This experience led him into a brief career with the first undercover drug squad of the RCMP and many colourful tales evolved.

After leaving the RCMP Al married Peggy Steuart in Summerland in 1953. The couple traveled and worked in the Southern US for a year or two and eventually settled into a steady job in Drayton Valley, Alberta. After many years of holidays in Summerland they purchased a lot in 1965 and eventually retired to their final home in 1980.

After some overseas contract work Al retired permanently in his late fifties and was thereafter frequently seen riding around Summerland on a small yellow scooter with a bag full of dog treats, Al was a friendly and colourful character with an easy laugh and a big smile. A survivor of four plane crashes, numerous motor cycle accidents, a blown aortic aneurysm and a quadruple bypass, Al did his best to tempt fate. In the end he passed quietly and was very much ready to go.

Al loved music and was gifted with a talent to pick almost any instrument and begin to play. He had a lovely baritone voice and participated in many bands and choirs during his life. A boyhood fascination with trains led to a lifelong hobby with model railroading. He loved skiing and swimming and was always willing to step forward to volunteer his time to assist with community events.

Al was cared for, catered to and coddled in his final years by the wonderful staff at Summerland Seniors Village for whom he always had a kind word and was very grateful. He was always treated with respect and kindness and he truly enjoyed living there.

Al was predeceased by his wife Peggy, 6 years ago and is survived by Jim & Patricia McKillop and Marian and Ross Plewman as well as his four grandchildren Jayme & Justin, Joey & Sandy, Patrick and Peter and his two great grandsons Cyrus and Nico. He is also survived by his sister Wilma Lewis and many nieces and nephews. “Uncle Al” is fondly remember by many and will be missed.

A gathering in memory of Al will be held at the family property in Summerland in the summer of 2015.

Those wishing to contact the family can reach Jim at jim.mckillop@gmail.com.

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