Celebration of Life: Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 10:00 a.m.
Salmon Arm Legion, Branch #62
Born September 5, 1942 in Stettler, Alberta, Grew up in Calgary. He passed away on October 11, 2012 at Shuswap Lake General Hospital after being admitted on October 1st. He was grateful for the time he spent at home during his illness, being tended to by his long-time companion and friend, Ruth, and with the help of their two dear friends, Liz Rasmuson and Sheila Halverson. Thankfully, he was not aware of his illness until last May, and had been able to carry on with many of activities until June 1st. Remarkably he had never been ill, or in need of medical attention prior to this illness.
Allen is survived by his companion and best friend, Ruth Keskinen, his daughters, Dana Jones, and Karen (Gerry) Babin, his sister, Clarice Cardinall of Edmonton, AB, Bill Jones Anglemont, BC, Elaine (Alfons) Schuh, Calgary, AB, Don (Naida) Jones, of Calgary, Lori (Greg) Saunders of Vernon, BC. The children and families of Ruth Keskinen: Stig, Jr. (Paula) Keskinen, Kit (Warren)Hobbs, Lila (Val) Cugini, Rita (Darren) Eley, and their children and grandchildren, all of whom considered by Allen to be his extended “family”… He will also be missed by Tiki, his adopted dog.
He was predeceased by his mother, Helen, his father, Elmer, sister Linda Jones and Mel (Val) Jones, and Bonnie (wife of Bill Jones).
Allen was the owner of his own business, New Home Plans.net and advertised his company and house plans monthly with Friday AM. He had a high quality website – newhomeplans.net (still active) for which he won international awards. He was self-taught with computers and even learned how to read and write code. Most of his house plans were ordered by U.S.A.clients, (one of the homes he designed, when built, was valued at $5 million). He got orders for his work from as far away as Dubai, South Africa, and other foreign countries. His pride and joy locally was in designing the Salmon Arm Legion.
Prior to his home design business he had a successful sign company in Salmon Arm and many of his signs were so well done, they are still in use today. He was a born artist and painted murals both in the former Salmon Arm Hotel pub and dining room. He also loved doing cartoons and creating crossword puzzles. He had a brilliant mind.
Allen was an active Legion member, volunteering to sell poppies, wrap Christmas presents to be placed under the tree annually and supporting the Legion however else he could. He valued his family and friends. One his favorite things to do was to socialize with fellow Legion members.
His main interests were travelling and camping, reading scientific magazines, watching sports of all kinds. His favorite team was the Calgary Flames as he said he had to stay loyal to them after his move to BC in the 1980’s. He also supported the Calgary Stampeders, but next on his list was the BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks (unless they were playing Calgary).
Special thanks to Dr. C.A. Welder who had such a caring attitude and thoughtfulness towards Allen. He was so efficient in carrying out the necessary procedures, and it was very much appreciated; also to the nursing staff at Shuswap Lake Hospital for always going the extra mile.
Donations may be sent to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #62.