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THORNTON, Alan Richard

June 21, 1943 - January 21, 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Alan R. Thornton who died peacefully surrounded by family at Evergreen Memory Care Home in Campbell River BC.
Al was predeceased by his parents Ernest Charles Thornton and Mabel Rosalyn Thornton and his wife of 46 years, Audrey Louise Thornton.
He is survived by two sisters, Gladys (Larry) Philippot and Lynne (Larry) Iwamoto, his four daughters and their families, Shelly and Mark Harpring (AJ and Thomas), Tracy and Dan Brennan (Daniel, Chelsea, Corbin), Jolie and Phil Nasralla (Cassia and Spencer), Kylie and Simon Guillot (Haley, Jaxon, Elliott), an uncle, numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and their families.
Al was born and raised in Oliver BC, and grew up on Tuc-el-nuit Lake. He enjoyed being outdoors and the simple life of the Okanagan. He was athletic, active in Air Cadets and proud to obtain his pilot’s license at age 16. Al had a musical ear and played the piano, violin and harmonica and enjoyed performing in his high school orchestra. Al appreciated and loved all music. A talented artist with exceptional drawing skills, Al was known for his cartoon caricatures which are illustrated in his high school yearbooks. He later used this talent as a police sketch artist. Al had a great sense of humour and brought joy and smiles with his famous Donald Duck vocal impersonation. He brightened up people’s lives with his laughter .
In 1964, Al became a member of the RCMP, which was his lifelong dream. While in training he met the love of his life, Audrey. They were married in March 1966 and the couple enjoyed raising their family in various postings around Saskatchewan: Bigger, Lanigan, Outlook, Wilkie, North Battleford, Estevan, Weyburn, and finally Regina. Wherever he was posted Al was an active member of the community, he attended church, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge , volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and volunteered with swim club and Swim Sask. He worked hundreds of hours helping to organize swim meets and fundraise for the swim club . An avid swimmer himself, Al was often at the local pool getting in his laps , even in his senior years, Al enjoyed swimming for social interaction and to stay fit.
Al was a family man. He, Audrey and the girls enjoyed celebrating holidays with relatives, whether hosting or traveling to visit them. Many wonderful memories were made sharing summers with family and friends, camping at Turtle Lake, Jeannotte Lake, and taking road trips to see relatives in BC. Al spent quality time with his daughters, he was a fun dad. He did a lot of activities with his daughters, he instilled the importance of living an active lifestyle, working hard, having fun, and the value of kindness, honesty and integrity. He also encouraged each of them to play a musical instrument and to appreciate music and art.
After 31 years in the RCMP, Al retired as a Sergeant. He and Audrey moved to Kelowna and continued to work part time, managing apartment complexes, senior homes, and working security gates for an oil company in Alberta. Al loved landscaping, painting and handyman work at the apartment complexes. When visiting his daughters he was keen to help out with their “to-do” lists. Al was a terrific father-in-law and he shared a close bond with his “sons”. Most of all he enjoyed being “Papa Al” to his beloved grandchildren. He was an involved,
active and fun grandfather and he made great memories with all his grandkids. His family was his pride and joy.
Al and Audrey made many lifelong friendships and kept in touch with them. Whether meeting up with friends in Mexico every winter, or seeing friends in Kelowna, they truly valued these special relationships. They felt blessed to have such wonderful people in their lives.
After losing Audrey in 2012, Al reconnected with a dear friend from his youth, Pat Taylor. They shared a close and wonderful friendship in Kelowna. Al was happy to have reconnected with Pat after all these years.
Sadly, Al was afflicted with dementia and had a rapid decline in his last year of life. The family made the difficult but necessary decision to have Al moved to Vancouver Island in order to give him much needed support and enjoy the precious time that remained. There were a few difficult months until he was finally settled into the memory care unit at Evergreen Senior’s Centre. In spite of this disease, Al remained positive, kept his sense of humour, his Donald Duck impressions were enjoyed by many, his love for his family, his enjoyment of music remained strong. Al’s loving, compassionate and kind heart, his “true essence” still shone brightly. There were people who briefly knew him and numerous caregivers often commenting what a sweet and kind man he was . Al was loved and cared for exceptionally by the staff at Evergreen and we are very grateful to them. Al will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Al’s Life will be held in Kelowna on Saturday August 18,2018 from 6-9 pm at the Parkinson’s Recreation Centre in The McIntosh Room. There will be light finger food and refreshments. We invite you to share any photos and your memories of Al. In lieu of flowers, donations in Al’s memory are appreciated to his cherished causes: Alzheimer Society of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Royal Canadian Legion.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Emma Rimell.


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From: Toneff Funeral Services

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
August 18, 2018
Beginning at 6:00pm

Parkinson's Recreation Centre
1800 Parkinson Way
Kelowna, BC Canada V1Y 4P9

Light finger food and refreshments will be provided.  You are invited to share any photos and your memories of Al.

1800 Parkinson Way
Kelowna, BC Canada V1Y 4P9

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