DesRoche, Allan Bernard

December 19, 1953 – July 13, 2017


We are heart-broken to announce the passing of Al DesRoche on July 13, 2017 at the Sarcee Hospice in Calgary, AB after a courageous battle with cancer. Al was born in Summerside, PEI on December 19, 1953 to Ralph and Helen DesRoche and lived on the Island with his nine siblings and parents until he moved out West in his early twenties. In Calgary he met Wilma, the love of his life and best friend. Together with Wilma, Al spent many years owning and operating seismic drilling rigs and building their dream home property where he loved having his family and friends gather for a party.

Al will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Wilma and his large family; his father Ralph; his siblings Sheila Sexton of Borden-Carleton, PEI, Marlene Spencer of Charlottetown, PEI, Ivan (Sue) of MacKenzie, BC, LoraLee (Robert) Madsen of Calgary, AB, Kim (Brent) Gregory of Standard, AB, Natalie (Larry) Allen of Borden-Carleton, PEI, Lana (Blair) Green of Searletown, PEI, Floyd (Christine) of Standard, AB, and Trent (Tanya) of Borden-Carleton, PEI; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends near and far. Al was predeceased by his mother, Helen, his mother-in-law, Audrey Parkman and his brothers-in-law, Andrew Sexton and Billy Spencer.

At Al’s request, a private family Celebration of Life will be held. At a later date a “shop party” will be planned to give Al’s extended family and many friends the opportunity to celebrate in his memory.

Condolences may be left for the family at Arrangements in care of Cochrane Country Funeral Home 403-932-1039.

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  1. On July 18, 2017 at 6:03 am Lori and Peter Ashley Said:

    I am so sorry and sad about Allan’s passing. Allan was always so good to include Peter and I in your family celebrations at Christmas and in the summer. He will be greatly missed, heaven is lucky to have him. Prayers and love to you. Lori

  2. On July 20, 2017 at 5:09 pm The MacMaster Family Said:

    We are saddened by Al’s passing. Our most sincere condolences to Wilma and Al’s family. We will certainly miss his never ending cheerfulness and great big smile.You will be missed dearly and forever be remembered. R.I.P

  3. On July 24, 2017 at 8:01 am Gary & Michele Marsh Said:

    Gary & I are so sorry to for your loss Wilma, Al was such a wonderful man and will be dearly missed by everyone whose life he touched.

  4. On July 24, 2017 at 8:30 am bill reeves Said:

    Hi Wilma and family,just passing on to everyone a heartfelt message to let you all know how sorry I was to hear about Alan,s sickness and death. He was a great guy and would help anyone out without regard to his own schedule. We always had a good time years ago when we got together. He will be truly missed by all…bill

  5. On July 25, 2017 at 11:51 am Bunny & Ron Stephenson Said:

    Wilma & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. He was such a wonderful person. Ron & I are grateful to have had the chance to know him. Rest in peace Al.
    Angie (Bunny Macmaster) & Ron Stephenson and Family

  6. On July 28, 2017 at 5:22 am Eleanor Palmer Said:

    To Wilma and the DesRoches family. Words cannot express how deepIy sorry I am to hear about Allan’s passing. He was a wonderful man who I grew up with, and he will be missed by many. Cherish the memories. Sincerely. Eleanor Palmer

  7. On July 28, 2017 at 12:24 pm Annette and Vance Said:

    Our deepest condolences to all of you all.

  8. On December 25, 2018 at 2:06 pm Flo Said:

    Omg Wilma I am so saddened to read this obituary I’m only reading it today. Christmas Day 2018. I I lost my Dad in 2006 on the same date. July 13. My heart goes out to you I pray you are surrounded by family today. I think of you often Wilma. God Bless You