On December 21, 2020 Allan Oliver of Edmonton passed away at the age of 87 years with Pauline, his loving wife of 64 years, at his side.
Allan was born to Emily Mary Oliver (nee Brumfit) and Wilfred Stanley Oliver in the Gibbons area. His older sister Robin Mae Westover predeceased him in 1966, his father in 1984 and his mother in 1997. Members of his sister’s family, brother-in-law Gary, grand nephews Gavin and Michael, nephews Ricky and Ted, as well as a host of aunts, uncles and cousins also predeceased him.
Allan married Pauline September 15, 1956 and graduated as a Chemical Engineer BSc. from the University of Alberta in May 1957. Their family grew quickly with their first-born Pam (Keith), followed by Jay (Eman), Stacey and Crystal. They moved into their new home in the Gold Bar area of Edmonton February 6, 1959 – the home they resided in for 54 years until they moved to their retirement condo in Rosedale Senior’s Living Residence.
Their children all graduated from the University of Alberta and gave Allan and Pauline 8 delightful grandchildren: Andrea, Stuart (Devon), Amanda (Jeff), Monika (Sam), Grace, Gina, Aiden and Hailey. In the spring of 2019, their first great grandson Gibson joined the Oliver Clan.
Allan joined the workforce building the new Sherritt Gordon metal refinery at Fort Saskatchewan right out of high school in 1952. He stayed with the company for 37 years, retiring in 1989 as General Manager.
Allan and Pauline were one of the founding families of St. Augustine Anglican Church. Many friendships fostered through this community led to life-long friends that shared in Allan and Pauline’s activities of travelling, trailering and social gatherings.
Allan greatly enjoyed a large number of hobbies and activities with the family including Sunday and holiday dinners and working with his kids on various home improvement projects. Allan and Pauline enjoyed travelling and covered a lot of the world in their journeys with Europe being one of their favorite places. Pauline and Allan also would spend 3 months in California each winter for a good many years, enjoying a circle of very close friends.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Rosedale for their ongoing support and kindness to Dad and Mom.
Allan will be laid to rest in the church cemetery at Emmanuel Anglican Church in Gibbons at a later time. A virtual service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021. Please click here to view the service.