McCuaig, Allan Dermott

Allan Dermott McCuaig was born November 17, 1925. He passed away April 11, 2011 in the Extended Care at the Coronation Hospital Complex at age of 85.  He was born in Hughenden, in the Teat Hills to Angus and Marion McCuaig.  He was the youngest of eight children.   “Dad was a traveler. At the age of 5, he traveled with his Mom and Dad to Colinton, Alberta. As an adult, he worked in B.C., Alberta and  Saskatchewan.  Dad wanted to join the army to travel but because of a medical condition couldn’t.  Dad was a jack-of-all-trades, working as a lumberjack, ranch hand and farmer.
At the end of WW II, Dad and his boss celebrated by drinking a bottle of whiskey much to the displeasure of the boss’s wife.  In 1948, he married mom (Jean Toffelmire).  To this union, seven children were born.  Dad’s brand was Bar J7.  The story was that it was for Jean and the seven children.  They started married life on the Inman Place, (Mel Webb’s ranch) moving to the Dunn place, back to the Blackburn house on Uncle Mel’s.  

In 1959, Dad and Mom bought Grandma Toffelmire’s farm.  They lived there until 2001 when they moved to Coronation.
Our most memorable memory of Dad was him listening and later watching Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night.  His favourite team was Toronto Maple Leafs and his favorite player was Eddie Shack.  Other programs Dad enjoyed were Red Skelton, Bonanza, Ed Sullivan, Beverly Hillbillies and Don Messer.
Dad enjoyed country and western music especially Wilf Carter and fiddling music.  He liked the local bands that came in to entertain.  Dad liked most food but did not like cooked peas (raw peas were okay), bananas and fish.  
He and Shorty (Dad’s dog) would raid Mom’s pea patch and Mom would blame the kids.  
He always said the only meat you should eat was Angus beef.  Dad raised Angus cattle.  He had names for every cow and could pet any cow.  Every spring and fall, we would move the cows to the flats and back home.  
Dad would travel in the truck in front of the herd with the calves that couldn’t walk to the flats.  We would bring up at the rear on foot.   Dad went to bull sales all over the country especially Angus bull sales.
Dad supported us kids with the 4-H calves and cows.  He transported our animals and us just about every weekend.
Mom and Dad enjoyed dancing and singing together.  They would dance to the music from the gramophone in the front room.  They would sing in the car.  They would go to dances all over the country.  Dad enjoyed square dancing and also called the square dancing.
Dad enjoyed Mom’s flowers especially her gladiolus.  He liked tiger lilies, lilacs and crocuses also.
In the winter, Dad would clean off the skating slough and make sure there was firewood.  Later he made a skating rink by the trough so we didn’t have to walk so far.  He would often start the snowball fights.  He would pull the kids on toboggans and car hoods with the tractor which they liked.
Dad was a good ball player.  He made ball diamonds in the tree belt making sure that they were ready for birthdays.   We went to lots of shin-digs at Nose Hills and Wheatridge, including Christmas parties.  
Dad was the President of Nose Hills Community at one time.   Dad liked to disk.  He disked with different people.  His team won some top prizes but also won lots of skunks.  Dad and Mom took us on holidays to Nordegg and surrounding area, Al Oemings, Steveville and Colinton.  
They went to several family reunions including Wisconsin, Prince George, and Abbotsford.  Dad and Mom went on several cruises.  The last cruise was to the Panama Canal.  Dad enjoyed working with horses.  He worked with Dick and Mac, Queenie and Jessie, Mickey and Darkie, and Barney and Blaze.  One of the heavy horses (Barney) always stepped on his foot and wouldn’t get off until he was ready to be harnessed.  His saddle horse, Scotty would come when Dad called him.  For us kids, Scotty would run away, playing, when we tried to catch him. The only way we could catch him was to have a pail of oats.  Tom Wraight and Fred McDiarmid would drive Dad around with their teams.  Going through the Neutral Hills was a highlight for Dad.
We had several last times family get-togethers on the farm before they moved to Coronation.  Dad would haul wood for days to make sure we would have enough.  He made horse shoe pits which the kids enjoyed playing.
Dad moved into the Assisted Living in 2008, and then to Continuous Care.  For years, we got together in the summer and around his birthday in November.  Last summer, his nephews and nieces came and Dad enjoyed this very much.
Dad enjoyed bingo, going to many bingos across Alberta.  If it was bingo day when we were down, we had to go.  
When he went into the home, he had to play bingo even if we were down visiting.  He called bingo when a caller was needed.  A big thanks goes to Pat who would phone and visit with Dad. Also he would go to bingos with him.  
To Dad’s “four bingo girls.”
Lee, Glenda, Carol and Dorothy, thank you.  Thank you to all his friends and relatives who visited, bringing him local news and gossip and laughter.  Dad was a good card player.  He liked playing Blackout, Canasta and Chinese Rummy.  
He would play Hand and Foot Canasta under protest.  A few times he was caught with two or three hands under the cushions of his chair. He also liked to play the game “Stock Ticker”.
Dad’s kids are Virginia (Tony Lovell), Susan, Bonnie (Glen Morris), Ian, Ross (Fe Pinada), Amy (Allan  Montgomery), Margaret (Keith Kimber).  His grandchildren are Christine (Cam), Dana (Angie), Aaron (Tammy), Michelle (Terry), Arbey (Candice), Matthew (Donna), Valerie, Vanessa, Joshua, Jeanine (Randy), Jason, Eleshia (Peter) Janelle (Jared), and Bradley.  
His great grandchildren are Chelsea (T. J.), Vincent, Breanna, Chloe, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Brandon, Colton, Dylon, Quinton, Kelsey, Joshua, Cody, Brandon, Kaleigh, Ash, Brandi and Jacinda. Sister Una, brother-in-law Owen and sister-in-law Vera and numerous nieces and nephews survive Dad.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Jean,  his mom and dad, Angus and Marion, his grandson Zachary, his sisters – Bessie, Ellen, Marion and Muriel, his brothers Archie and Angus, sisters in law, brothers in law, nephews and nieces.
A celebration of Allan’s life was held on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 1 p.m. in the Veteran Community Hall.
Card of Thanks
The family would like to thank Dr. Tolmie, Assisted Living Staff, Continuing Care Staff and Hospital Staff and the volunteers for their loving care and attention that was given to our Dad.  Thanks to Pat and Charlotte Gilmer for the music. Thanks to the Full Gospel Women for doing the lunch after the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Lung Association c/o Parkview Funeral Chapels. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at  Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 403-578-3777, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.

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