Al McConnell passed away on Sunday, March 06 at the hospital in Comox, BC at the age of 82. Al was born in Elmvale, Ont. on June 12, 1933, the son of Wallace and Leitha McConnell. While still in his teens, Al joined the Canadian Army which was the first of several examples of Al’s desire to serve his Country. He later served in the RCAF, the Ontario Provincial Police and finally the Canadian Coast Guard. His dedication to Service was evident in each.
Al is survived by his wife Vi (Violet) who was serving in the RCAF when they married. They raised 4 children; Anne, Stephen, Sharon and Pam. The children gave Al 5 wonderful grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Each was dearly loved and supported in their various endeavours by Al and Vi. Family became Al’s priority upon leaving the Public Service and one could frequently find him helping out as only he could. Al’s sister Margaret and brother Robert predeceased him; sisters Lois and Joyce and brother Edward are married and reside in Ontario.
The body will be cremated and there will be a Memorial Celebration of Life at a later time.