Alan was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan to parents Wilbur George and Dorothy Stewart Durr. He was raised on a farm just a few miles south of the small town of Bromhead and like most prairie kids he played hockey and baseball, rode his horses and loved being around machinery. Alan also loved music and played with a few bands including The Gold Teens and Canadian Crescendos and later with The Chaparrals in Williams Lake, B.C.
In 1968 he married Jennifer (Janie) Helgerson. The couple lived in Williams Lake until 1973 and then returned to the farm. Alan also owned a cattle liner which kept him busy and helped subsidize the farm during the dry years. Always wanting to see new places and try other occupations Alan, Janie and their three children moved to Kamloops in 1990. He had an excavating business, purchased All Points Bus Charters and worked at a variety of jobs that included driving trucks, dispatching, equipment operator on a variety of projects including ‘The Sea To Sky Highway.’ In 2008 he and Janie moved to Blind Bay to semi retire but Alan continued to work. He was always ready to try something new as long as it included machinery and one of his last jobs was gold mining in the Yukon.
Family and friends were the most important to Alan. He passed his life long love of music to his children. He was happiest out on his boat, in his shop or just sitting around a campfire passing the time of day with new friends or old.
Alan is survived by his wife Janie. Three children: son, Jay Durr (Deb Porter), Daughter Alison Durr (Allen Radford) and son John Durr. Two grandchildren Thomas Alan Durr and Hannah Jean Durr, a sister Dolly (Cordell) Sandquist from Cobble Hill B.C. as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents and one brother Merton.
Special thanks to the Salmon Arm Community Nursing, Canadian Cancer Society, Dr. Francois Malan and the wonderful people at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Marjorie W. Snowden Hospice or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
A celebration of Alan’s life will be held on July 27, 2013 at the Parkside Lounge located inside the Interior Savings Centre at 2:00 PM. All are welcome to join us and share your fond memories of “Big Al”.
At the end of one’s life perhaps the truest measure of that man is not in having amassed all the trappings of wealth but rather in the number of people that call him Friend. Good bye for now A.J.
Arrangements entrusted to
Kamloops Funeral Home
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