Allan Charles Smith was born May 30, 1960 in Vulcan, Alta. He grew up there and later moved to Brownfield and farmed with his brother, Brian. This is when he met Mellissa and they got married in May 1986. They had two children, Ashley in 1992 and Geoffrey in 1995.
They made their home in Coronation where Allan worked for the town and through his passion and dedication, he was promoted to town foreman. Many members of the community got to know Al through his hard work, commitment and knowledge of just about anything.
Allan was a very busy man as you would never find him sitting around. He always seemed to have a thousand things on the go. If he wasn’t tinkering with things at home, you could find him around town cutting grass, fishing at the dam or crashing RC planes at the local RC airfield.
His mowers would be worn out after every season it seemed.
Although very busy he always found time to tend to his family and enjoy camping and hanging out with them regularly.
Flying RC planes was one of Allan’s most enjoyable and expensive hobbies as they would never come home in the same shape they left.
He tried multiple different models of planes – gas powered, electric powered, twin engines, big, small and even a realistic computer simulator to help improve his skills. His son Geoff enjoyed watching him attempt to take off, fly and land these planes as there was always question on how things would go. From smashing into the only pole in site, to flying right into the water, to crashing into the fence before takeoff, it was always an enjoyable time.
Fishing was another one of Allan’s hobbies. In the winter months he would have 4 – 5 different ice fishing shacks on the go. It did not matter if it was -40 or +10, he was always committed to an early start.
At times, his family would question his safety as he had the first shack on the ice and would be the last to take his off. Once it was unsafe for a full ice fishing shack, he would still find ways to enjoy his hobby like placing sheets of plywood down to get across the open water.
Camping was one of Allan’s ways to spend time with his family. He loved towing his kids and their friends behind the boat for hours, making bets to see who can catch the most fish and cooking the days catch over the fire.
On one of the Smiths annual camping trips their arrival was delayed by several hours. Allan blew a tire on the boat trailer in the middle of no where on a Sunday, which caused them to camp on the side of the road.
After Mellissa and him travelled around many miles in various directions looking for help, they found a replacement and were able to continue their journey. After this incident he never drove another mile without a spare tire.
Al went through a few different boats over the years and got his use and fun out of everyone.
One camping trip he tied the boat up to shore and went up to the camper for lunch.
As he headed back down to the water for an afternoon of fishing, he discovered his boat was missing and afloat unmanned in the middle of the lake. He ran back to the campsite yelling in disbelief as his family all had a good chuckle.
Lucky enough their neighbours were willing to help and gave Al a ride out to his boat. Al always figured out a way to solve problems no matter the circumstance.
Mellissa will never forget Allan’s musical touch. He loved to listen to music and play the guitar or keyboard. Now one might say there wasn’t much of a musical bone in his body, but he took lessons and was able get his son into it as well. There were many hours spent in the basement “jamming” making noise as the father son duo.
Allan was a jack of all trades with many skills and talents. He has taught his children many of these traits and they will look up to him forever.
Allan passed away in Coronation, Alta. on May 26, 2022 at the age of 61 years. He leaves to mourn his passing, loving wife Mellissa; daughter Ashley (Jared) Fawcett; son Geoffrey (Kelsey Rachar); brother Brian (Mavis) Smith; stepmom Betty Smith; mother-in-law Loretta Weinrauch; brother-in-law Curtis (Leslie) Weinrauch and their children Amy and Brandon; sister-in-law Charla (Nancy) Weinrauch; numerous other family, step family and many friends.
Allan was predeceased by his parents Merle Smith and Marie “Pat” Pickard; brother Wayne Smith and father-in-law John Weinrauch.
A celebration of Allan’s life was held on Thurs. June 2, 2022, at the Coronation Community Hall with Pastor Clayton Grice officiating.
Donations in memory are gratefully accepted to the Coronation Hospital Foundation, S.T.A.R.S. or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-578-3777.
Card of Thanks
On behalf of the Smith family, they would like to thank everyone who has gave their condolences. They have received countless phone calls, emails, texts, flowers, meals, visits, thoughts and prayers. They have been comforting during this difficult time and have been a reminder of the impact that Allan had on so many others.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Steven Akindipe and the nurses and care givers at Coronation hospital for their support, compassion and care given to Allan.