September 5, 1942 – October 11, 2012. Allen was born in Stettler, Alberta, but grew up in Calgary. He passed away peacefully with family and friends by his side. He was grateful for the time he spent at home during his illness, from April to Oct 1st, being tended to by his long-time companion and friend, Ruth, with the help of their two dear friends, Liz Rasmuson and Sheila Halvorson.
Allen is survived by his companion and best friend, Ruth Keskinen, his daughters, Dana Jones, and Karen (Gerry) Babin, his sisters, Clarice Cardinall of Edmonton, AB, Elaine (Alfons) Schuh, Calgary, AB and Lori (Greg) Saunders of Vernon, BC. Also by his brothers, Bill Jones Anglemont, BC, and Don (Naida) Jones, of Calgary, also, the children and their 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 were considered by Allen to be his extended “family”… along with his adopted dog, Tiki.
He was predeceased by his mother, Helen, his father, Elmer, sister Linda Jones and Mel (Val) Jones, and Bonnie (wife of Bill Jones).
Allen owned his own business, New Home Plans. His house plans appeared monthly in Friday AM. He had a high quality website – newhomeplans.net, and most of his house plans were ordered by U.S. clients. His pride and joy, however, was in designing the Salmon Arm Legion.
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 was multi-talented and had a brilliant mind.
Allen was an active Legion member and volunteer. He enjoyed socializing with fellow Legion members.
His main interests were camping, travelling, science, designing homes, art, and watching sports of all kinds. His favorite teams were the Calgary Flames and Calgary Stampeders. Next on his list were the BC Lions and Vancouver Canucks (unless they were playing Calgary).
Special thanks to Dr. C.A. Welder who had such a caring attitude; also to the nursing staff at Shuswap Lake Hospital for always going the extra mile.
Donations may be sent to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #62.
A brief ceremony and light lunch, followed by a celebration of Allen’s life will be held on Saturday Oct 27 at 10 am at the Royal Canadian Legion, Salmon Arm.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Allen’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.