For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
ACHESON, Alan Lawrence (17 Sep 1935 - 27 Dec 2013) - Alan was born in Vancouver, BC to parents Frederic and Mina (Speirs) Acheson. As a boy, Al enjoyed sports and spending time with family and friends – especially summers at a cottage in White Rock. As a young man he worked at the Vancouver Stock Exchange and enjoyed skiing in his spare time. Later in life he enjoyed golf, bridge, curling and all types of social activities. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy to see the world and his first ship was HMCS Sioux. Sailing mainly in the Far East, the ship conducted patrols and Al visited many ports including Hawaii, Guam, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Formosa (Taiwan), Okinawa Island, Borneo, Manila, and the Marquesas Islands. In 1958, he married Lois Jeanne Bradshaw of Nelson, BC, and they had two daughters. Al's Navy career progressed on land as the family was posted to Abbotsford, Halifax, Victoria, Ottawa, Bermuda, Ladner, Masset, Lahr (Germany), and Penhold. They enjoyed their experiences meeting new people and discovering new places. Lois often boasted of how quickly she could pack up a house and move the family. Al retired in 1978 after 25 years of service, and they chose Red Deer, Alberta as their home. He recently moved back to the West Coast, a place he truly loved. He settled in Duncan, on Vancouver Island near his daughter Lori. Predeceased by his mother, father and wife, Al is survived by daughters Lori (Gord) Hamilton of Cobble Hill, BC, Tracy (Jack) McClelland of Red Deer, granddaughter Brianne (Richard) Hall of Calgary, grandson Cody McClelland of Red Deer, sister Sandra Hamm of Coquitlam, BC, and is fondly remembered by extended family and many friends from around the globe. Alan's life will be remembered through a Burial of Ashes at Sea by the Royal Canadian Navy at a future date. If you wish, condolences may be extended to the family in care of Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Duncan Road, Duncan, BC, V9L 2P1.
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