Alan Blakely

Alan Blakeley

March 26, 1922 – December 11, 2007

Alan passed away peacefully at Glacier View Lodge surrounded by his wife and family. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Lilian, daughter Pat Fyfe (Gordon), and sons, Peter (Val) and Paul (Lilian), grandchildren, Simon, Sarah, Catheryn, Lynda, Steven, Paula, Alan, great grandson, Theo and relatives abroad.

Born in Radcliffe, England, Alan was a veteran of WWII, proudly serving in the British Navy 1941-1946. Following his service and his work as manager in the hosiery trade in Nottingham, he and Lilian emigrated to Canada to be closer to their family. After working at Pacific House, he was employed as a custodian for SD#71 where he became known as the whistling, singing, janitor. He was proud of his role as president of CUPE Local 439 and retired from Arden School in 1987. Alan was a member of the Legion and enthusiastically participated in Remembrance Day Ceremonies at local schools.

Alan was active in the community. He enjoyed cricket, swimming, walking (especially along the beach at Point Holmes), basketball, as well as singing for CoVal, participating in CYMC summer theatre and working behind the scenes with his good friend, Mike Butler. Active in his church, he also sang and volunteered at Glacier View.

Alan will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humour, his passion for literature, song and dance, his positive outlook on life and his love for family and friends.

The family wishes to acknowledge the incredible kindness, energy and caring of the Glacier View staff during Alan’s stay. As well, sincere thanks to the Legion for their weekly visits and his church family for their uplifting prayers and support.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life service January 26, 2pm at Comox Baptist Church, Anderton Rd, reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glacier View Lodge.