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Cecil Robert Copp (Bob) Allen


C.A.F. (Navy)


Born: 17 Aug 1956, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Died: 02 Aug 2017, Saint John, New Brunswick


ALLEN, Cecil Robert Copp (Bob) - It is with great sadness that his family announces the passing of Cecil Robert 'Bob' Copp Allen, age 60, of Quispamsis, N.B., on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, in Saint John Regional Hospital. Robert, son of Cecil and Mina (McGlashing) Allen was born August 17, 1956 in Halifax. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 39 years, Bernice (Brown); and children, Tina (Chris) Claybourn of Toronto, Ont.; Belinda (Hemant) Kumar of Rothesay, N.B.; and Christopher (Wanda) Allen of Quispamsis, N.B. He also leaves behind the lights of his life, grandchildren, Izabella and Cohen Allen and Adelyn and Lleyton Kumar. They will forever remember him as their Papa. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Jane, Betty and Sally; and brothers, Blaine, George and Jeffrey. He was predeceased by brother, Blair and sister, Bonnie Lea. Robert served 23 years with the Royal Canadian Navy. He served aboard many of her Majestyís Canadian ships, including HMCS ATHABASKAN as part of special duty in the Persian Gulf from September 1990 to March 1991, retiring from the frigate program at the Saint John Shipyard in 1996. He was a proud sailor to the end.


'I am what I am, and thatís all I am.' Popeye, The Sailor Man. 


He last worked with Prema Canada and enjoyed the many clients he served throughout New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. He was an avid vegetable gardener and enjoyed working with tools, a definite jack of all trades. He was always willing to lend a hand and could help with almost any problem.


'The good seaman weathers the storm he cannot avoid, and avoids the storm he cannot weather.'


The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff at Saint John Regional Hospital, specifically the Emergency Department and Palliative Care Unit for their kindness and support throughout his last days. They would also like to thank the staff at Ridgewood Veterans Wing and the Department of Veterans Affairs for their support during the last few months. Visitation will be held in Kennebecasis Community Funeral Home, 152 Pettingill Rd., Quispamsis on Sunday, August 6, from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 7, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion or a charity of the donorís choice would be appreciated by the family.


while serving onboard HMCS IROQUOIS Bob Allen received the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation for the rescue of the crew during the Ho Ming 5 incident on 04 Dec 1983.


Ships served in:



HMCS IROQUOIS - Served in IROQUOIS during the Ho Ming 5 incident on 04 Dec 1983

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Served in ATHABASKAN during the Gulf War





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