A resident of Morrisburg for the past 70 years, Brian Van Allen passed away at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. He was 75.
Brian was born in Binsted Alton Hampshire, England on November 16, 1941, to his parents Dwight and Ethel Van Allen (nee Collins).
Brian’s father was killed in 1942 before the war ended.
Brian and his mother came to Canada in 1946 to start a new a new life.
Brian was educated in the local public and high schools.
He then worked in the retail grocery business for IGA and Dominion stores in Prescott.
To the end of his life he loved to shop.
In 1980’s, Brian stopped driving to Prescott an became employed by Rohm & Haas here in Morrisburg.
He remained there until their plexiglass production ceased in 1994.
For the remainder of his life, his health became extremely challenging.
In 1965 Brian married Sharon McInnis of Iroquois.
She was the love of his life, and they were lucky to enjoy 51 years together.
From the beginning of his life in Canada, Brian loved hockey.
Brian was a Montreal Canadiens fan and the was able to get the autograph of Maurice “the rocket” Richard at the Montreal Forum.
However, when the Ottawa Senators joined the NHL, he switched his allegiance to the local team.
Brian played hockey at all local levels, and continued until a friend introduced him to downhill skiing.
At that point he had to make a decision as to whether he could commit his weekends to hockey or skiing.
He chose skiing, and he traveled to every ski hill time would allow in Western Canada, Eastern USA, and even to the French Alps.
Brian is survived by his wife Sharon, his in-laws Doug McInnis of Iroquois, Lynn Harris (Carl) of Aurora, Donnie McInnis (Elaine) of Campbell River, B.C., Victoria, Mary Duval (Charles) of Long Sault, Lester McInnis (Kim) of South Mountain, Karen VanderPoel (Peter) of Iroquois and Ron McInnis of Iroquois.
Brian will be fondly remembered by his uncle Arthur Brooks and his cousins Elizabeth Boxall (Stephen) and Clive Brooks, all of Alton, Hampshire England.
He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Brian’s life was held at the Morrisburg Golf Club on Monday, December 19th from 3-5 p.m.
Spring inurnment of cremated remains will be at Iroquois Point Cemetery.
Donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.