Alan Clifford Whillans passed away peacefully at the West Parry Sound Health Centre, on Saturday, December 19th, 2020. Age 89 years.
Beloved husband of Gwendoline (Newman) for 67 years. Loving father of Bruce and his wife Jacqueline; and the late Ellen Jones (husband Arlis); Sandra, and late infant Unamarie Elaine. Dear Grandpa of Kym (Whillans) Rose and her husband Ramsey; Bill and his fiancée Josie; Jeffrey and his partner Chris; Troy Jones and his wife Maria; Walker Jones and his fiancée Tiffany; Michael Jones and his wife Stacy; Christopher Jones and his wife Sarah. Great Grandpa of Brock Jones, Cameron Soucy, Garrett Jones, Lorne (Jones) Sonnier, Jonah Soucy, Gwendolyn May Jones, Benjamin Jones and Emerson Jones, and great great Grandpa of Remmi, Dawson, and Atlas. Predeceased by parents Thomas and Elsie Whillans; brothers Douglas and his wife Marjorie, and Howard and his wife Winifred. Fondly remember by his nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Alan was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as worthy patron several times in the Parry Sound 256 chapter. He was a life member of Masonic Sussex Lodge No 5, A.F. & A.M., Brockville Ont. and a past member of the St. James United Church Executive. He was a retired teacher at the Parry Sound High School. Prior to teaching he was owner/operator of his building company in Brockville, Ontario. Alan was known as always smiling, chatty, gregarious, warm, and genuinely happy to meet others. He was a man who loved to shake hands with people. He was often approached by former students who wished to reminisce.
As was Alan’s wish, cremation has taken place.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Cancer Research) would be appreciated.
Sending my deepest condolences to Gwen & Family during this very difficult time-Cathy Todd
I’m sorry to hear about Alan , I used to have a daily chat with him when I was taking his mail, he was a wonderful neighbor to my mother also
My heartfelt condolences go out to Alan’s family
My condolences to Mr. Whillan's family. He was a true gentleman. He was my instructor for Driver's Education when in high school and I have never forgotten how patient and professional he was. He was a very kind man. Again My condolences. Ann Moore-Ann Moore
Our thoughts and prayers to Gwen and family at this time.
Beth, Deb, Barb and Cathy Neale-Beth Neale
Almost 50 years ago I met Al as my shop teacher, teaching us how to do masonry work. Recently having coffee at Tim's until Covid came along.
Whenever I do some masonry I have thought of Al and what he taught me.
Nice to have had a chat at the coffee shop too.
Sandy McPhee-Sandy McPhee
I always think about one of the greatest gifts is to be taught something.
It was almost 50 years ago I met Al in high school teaching masonry class. Over the last 50 years when ever time I am working with mortar I think about what he taught me.
And before Covid able to share a coffee and a laugh at Tim's.
My condolences to his family from a former student.-Sandy McPhee
Grandma, our deepest sympathies at the loss of your beloved partner. This is a very sad loss for the entire family. We wish were able to be with you at this time.
I will remember Grandpa and his infectious smile, always, so many wonderful memories. He will be dearly missed.
With much love,
Kymberley, Ramsey, Cameron & Jonah 💜
Our deepest condolences to Gwen and family,Allan was a very special person that loved life and loved to talk.A kind and gentle man.Our heartfelt condolences to Gwen and family.
Jo-Ann and Bill Nicholson
I am so sorry to hear about grandpa Whillins. My thoughts and prayers are with your family .-Missy
One of the kindest men I've ever met. A complete gentleman. I always enjoyed seeing him come to get his morning paper at the IDA and having a chat with him. Condolences to Gwen and family.-Rebecca Gillespie
Dear Gwen and Bruce and families, our sincere sympathy to you in the passing of Al. We enjoyed him so much as a fellow staff member at Parry Sound High School, always cheery, supportive, and positive. Thinking of you all. Sincerely Pat and Rich Poole-Pat and Richard Poole
Fond memories of a quiet gentleman. Thoughts and prayers to you Gwen and family.-Joan Hurd
Gwen, Bruce & Family.
So sorry to hear of Al's passing. He always had a smile and a warm greeting where ever you seen him, such kind soul. The first time I met Al was about 60 years ago when he was building a Brick chimney at our old house in Brockville and he had Bruce with him, We all just seemed to hit it off which lead to the close friendship with my Mom, Dad and I that was valued so much, and the visits when in the Brockville area.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
We were very sad to hear of Uncle Allan’s passing. I won’t forget his big grin or his lovely laugh.-Lori Payne and Graham Payne
Sorry to hear about Al, I met Al about 45 years ago he was my shop teacher in Masonry at Parry Sound High School he taught me how to lay a good straight brick and block and got me set up with a good masonry firm in Parry Sound that started my apprenticeship which I still make a living at today. I would run into al Downtown on his walk or at Tim Hortons I love talking to him about the good old days. My condolences to Al's family-Rob Lawson
I served on St James Council with Al a long time a go. I always remember him as a quiet, lovely gentleman, with whom I shared lots of laughs . He was so full of integrity and good will. My condolences to his family.-Mary Hachigian
So very sorry to hear of Alan's passing he was a true gentleman.I enjoyed our conversations and reminiscing of early days when the family first moved to Parry Sound and Bruce became a great friend of mine! He will be missed by many! Mike Morel and family!-Michael Morel
Sincere sympathies to Gwen and her family. Got to know both of you in the last few years and always liked talking to both of you.
Alan will be missed by all.