Alan George Blackwood

BLACKWOOD, ALAN GEORGE

Alan George Blackwood of

Kelowna, passed away on

May 4, 2013 at the age of 84 years. He is survived by his

loving wife Gladys

(nee Oldhaver); daughters

and sons: Lynette Patenaude,

Richard (Jocelyne), Patrick

(Donna), Heather (Ken)

Lawrence; grandchildren:

Rena Johnson, Amber (Jason) Stratton, Jolene (Dan) Fremlin, Danielle (Brett) VanderHoek,

Tyler, Garrett, Evan; great grandchildren: Natasha, Lukas, Drew, Bayley, Yukon; sister Mildred (Lloyd) Flintoft and many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his sisters

and brothers: Eva (Jack) Fisher, Margaret (Bill) Stokes, Edna (Ralph) Daniels, Charlie (Doreen), Ethel (Don)

Stratton, Lillah (Ken) Parks and Roy (Catherine).  Alan

was the ninth child of William and Amelia Ann

(nee McCurdy) Blackwood.  He was born in Kelowna

September 8, 1928 and married Gladys in 1951. Alan

started with CN working tugs on Okanagan Lake in 1947 and the Athabasca River in Alberta. In 1955 they moved

to Vancouver, where he began his 35 year career with

CP Transport taking a transfer to Williams Lake in 1965

and then back to Kelowna in 1977.  Alan retired in 1988 to enjoy 18 years of “Snowbirding.”  His number one hobby was his family and he and Gladys spent many years visiting one group or another.  Alan loved socializing and playing cards and was involved with the Lions Club (Williams Lake and Westbank). Fishing, hunting and traveling were

interests that kept him entertained for his whole life, with

the best times being shared with his wife Gladys, his

children and grandchildren.  Dad, grampa, great grampa will be remembered as a big Teddy Bear with a happy

carefree spirit and a heart full of love. Everyone he knew

will always have fond thoughts of him. 

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family

by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

250-860-7077.