Mr. Wilson's Urn Photo
March 29, 1945 – July 27, 2015

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Alan Wilson at the Bethany Care Center in Cochrane at the age of 70 years.

His loss is deeply felt by his loving wife Marcia, children Gaynor and Nick, son-in-law Dave Levisky, and grandchildren Wilson and Isabelle.

Alan was born in England and moved to Canada with his family in 1974. Alan loved outdoor activities, the mountains, dancing, serving his community through the Crossfield Lions club and attending church. Alan will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

A celebration of Alan’s life will be held at the Balzac United Church on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 3:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cochrane Bethany Care Center (302 Quigley Drive Cochrane, Alberta T4C1X9 or www.bethanycare.com ) where compassionate nurses and care aids took such great care of him in the last few years of his life.

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  1. On 29/07/2015 at 3:51 pm Kathy Dardis Said:

    That happy face on the obituary photo is Alan to a tee. He always had a smile on his face till the latter year when his illness caused the change. Every time you saw him he was cheerful and a delight to stop and speak with. I will miss him as a dear friend for even when he was in care I had some good times with him and Marcia at his music class which he so enjoyed taking part in. I send sincere condolences to Marcia and her loving family for they will truly miss him but they will have many good memories to keep him in their hearts forever. Fond thoughts sent to each of you at this time.

  2. On 01/08/2015 at 2:43 pm Mary & Marshall Schofield Said:

    This lovely picture is of the cheeky chappy that we all dearly loved, it is also how we will remember him. A dear friend with a big heart who was loved by all who knew him.Alan will be greatly missed,the world a poorer place without him. Never has Canada seemed so far away as it has this week. Marcia,dear friend, we send our love as always from our family to yours across the miles.

  3. On 01/08/2015 at 3:38 pm Deneen Said:

    What a beautiful smile! I will miss seeing him on my nightly rounds.My thoughts and prayers for comfort, strength, and peace are sent to his wonderful family! May smiles and laughter be brought to you from many cherished memories!

  4. On 01/08/2015 at 5:14 pm Jo Tennant Said:

    A committed community person, a smile for everyone. I remember him always having a minute to chat and a dedicated family man. May memories help sustain you at this difficult time.

  5. On 01/08/2015 at 5:18 pm Jo Tennant Said:

    A committed community member. Alan always a smile, a minute to chat and a great sense of humour. He was a proud and dedicated family man. May the happy memories you have sustain you during this difficult time.

  6. On 01/08/2015 at 7:27 pm Elesha Said:

    Such a wonderful, gentle man. Thinking of your lovely family.

  7. On 02/08/2015 at 12:01 am Russ Said:

    Uncle Alan was a true gent, with a big warm heart which he would shop and talk and make anybody feel welcome.
    Who has brought into the world a lovely family.
    Sadly missed Russ Caz H Frankie x

  8. On 02/08/2015 at 12:51 am Eileen Hopkins Said:

    Alan always had a joke to share and a heart big enough to bounce laughter around his world for everyone to enjoy. His generosity of spirit and time will be sadly missed but not forgotten. He will be remembered by the many who had the joy of spending a little time with him. Condolences to his wonderful family.

  9. On 02/08/2015 at 6:32 am Nancy & Jim Gardner Said:

    We send our sincere condolences to the family. Rest in peace Alan.

  10. On 02/08/2015 at 6:57 am Brenda Dobson Said:

    Always the gentleman, always a smile, are my memories of Alan.May you rest in peace my friend! To dear Marcia I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family as I know Alan will be deeply missed.

  11. On 02/08/2015 at 3:31 pm Lana Lundell Said:

    Thinking of you Marcia and wishing you peace and comfort. I share in your sadness as you remember Alan. He will be forever remembered and missed. God Bless you and your family.
    Lana Lundell

  12. On 03/08/2015 at 8:02 am Mary Lou Davis Said:

    To have such a happy, kind family is your dad’s legacy Gaynor. Remember the best of times. Love to your mom, you and your family.

  13. On 05/08/2015 at 12:56 pm Wayne and Lind Ludwig Said:

    Our sincere sympathies in the passing of Alan. We first met Alan when he drew up the plans for our new house in Crossfield in 1981. As always, Alan had a smile and everyone was “love.” Our thoughts are with you Marcia, Gaynor, Nick and family at this difficult time. You will have many fond memories to help you through as I know what a close family you are.

  14. On 05/08/2015 at 11:46 pm Nick Said:

    First and foremost, thank all of you for your kind and amazing words about my father. I agree with all of you and I’m continually being amazed on how he touched so many lives. How do I write condolences to my own feelings. How can I express in words what this man meant to me. (Means to me) He taught me right from wrong. He set boundaries yet let me explore. He supported me in all and every aspect of my life. He never once let me believe that I couldn’t do anything I set my mind to. He sometimes disagreed with me and yet allowed me to learn and grow and form my own opinions He taught me to say “please”, “thank you”, “your welcome”, and “I’m sorry”. He taught me to be respectful, honest, genuine, and nice. “Be Kinder than necessary” . “Make someone’s day if you can”. “Never be afraid to give someone a compliment if you feel it” . “Respect women always, especially your mother”, (Gawd he loves you Momma). There are so many phrases that stick in my mind. I’m tending to remember the last couple years of his life but I want to remember and honour the amazing years that he lived (really truly lived) prior to his disease. Being my dad… Loving me, playing with me, teaching me about the world. Simply being the amazing man you all talk about above. The man who loved playing softball, watching me play hockey, baseball, skating, the man coaching soccer, curling, skiing, lions club meetings, church concerts, and of course attending any of his children’s events. For the last couple years our family has been consumed by the horrible disease/decline of frontal temporal dementia. We lost that loveable joyous light hearted man that was Alan Wilson. I’m so happy that he is remembered the way you all express in the words above. Reading your comments, knowing he touched your lives in some positive way allows those memories to flood over. To truly remember my Pops as he was, how he is now, how he will always be. Thank you all so much. Much love to all of you. Xxxoo. Dads free now and that’s “not three bad”!!! ❤️

  15. On 17/08/2015 at 9:34 am Glennis and Ken Salls Said:

    I do not know where to begin. Laughter is the first memory that comes to mind, along with kindness and caring. Alan was a good friend to us and we did have some wonderful times together. Yesterday a fellow stopped Ken to tell him a joke and you guessed it one of Alan’s old jokes. Distance changed our friendship but never how much we cared and loved Marcia and the family. Please accept our condolences.