In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Allan Edward Hone


Petty Officer 1st Class Naval Electronic Senor Operator, RCN / C.A.F. (Navy)


Born: 02 Aug 1942, Edmonton, Alberta


Died: 03 Jan 2024, Kentville, Nova Scotia


HOME, Allan Edward - of Sackville Nova Scotia; passed away peacefully at the Valley Regional Hospital (Kentville) in the wee-hours of Wednesday the 3rd of January 2024. He was 81 years old.


Allan was born on August 2nd 1942 in Edmonton Alberta. He was the son of the late Hazel Vaillancourt (née Hannah Mahranoff) and Edward Hone. At a very young age he went to live with his Aunt Irene and Uncle Otto Reiger in Melville Saskatchewan until his late teen years. Allan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Barbara Hone (Whitford) and three step-daughters; Cindy Nickerson (Partner Allen) of Halifax NS, Laura McNeil (husband Paul) of Mt Uniacke NS, and Elizabeth McNeil (husband David) of Mt Uniacke NS. He is also survived by his son Danny Hone (wife Bonnie) of Burton NB, and Colleen Nicks (husband David) of Lee Creek BC. Allan has 10 Grandchildren and was pre-deceased by one of his Grandsons. He also has 9 X Great Grandchildren.


Allan worked with his cousin Rudy Sonmor at CESSCO in Edmonton, Alberta, before he went on to spend 35 years in the Canadian Navy. He took part in a number of national and joint-international exercises while on the ships, and was posted to places such as Alert, Masset BC, Inuvik NWT, Chula Vista California in the early years and he finished his time in the Navy on the East Coast out of Halifax, where he met his wife Barbara. He drove the daily commute to the Dockyards from their home in Lower Sackville NS, and after his retirement from the Navy, he worked as an independent business-owner helping many people in their efforts to quit smoking. He employed the ‘Quit4Good’ program, and was honoured by the NS Lung Association for his work, not to mention the many people who appreciated his support, helping them to quit smoking. He then went on to work as a Commissionaire until he ‘fully’ retired just a few years ago. One of the highlights of his time as a Commissionaire was when he worked the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.


He loved fishing in the Sackville River and could often be found in his hip-waders throwing a line in on the way home from work or on his days off. His wife Barbara was the anchor behind his home-life, taking care of the home and ensuring Allan ate right which was no simple feat. Allan had a penchant for sweets. He always had a stash of chocolate bars or Twizzlers hidden somewhere, and Drumstick ice cream cones in the freezer.


Allan wasn’t one to show much emotion. A comment I recently received from one of his friends, was that he was one of the most generous people they knew, and his family was everything to him. He was appreciative of any help he received and often called days later to say ‘Thank You’ again. If you were Al’s friend, he was fiercely loyal and would give you the shirt off his back. For every grandchild he had, he set up Educational Savings Plans which was appreciated by those kids when the time came. The Whitford Family gave Al a home when he really needed one, and he enjoyed all the activities they organized, such as Family Reunions and the famous ‘Washer Toss’ annual tournaments.


If heaven is whatever we want it to be, then I would say that Allan is up there now, driving along an ocean road with the top down in a convertible Lincoln Town-car, with Tommy-Cat in the seat beside him. Once Barb joins Allan, she’ll take one look at his car and say “Allan, I know I haven’t driven in a long time, but I’d like to drive now”. I can already picture Al passing her the keys and telling her “It pulls a little to the left”.


While Allan is no longer with us in person, he will live on in our hearts and memories forever!


A special thanks to the staff at the Valley Regional Hospital for their compassion and caring.


In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada or the Nova Scotia/PEI Lung Association.


Allan will be laid to rest on the 13th of January after a short ceremony at the St John the Evangelist Anglican Church (954 Old Sackville Road, Lower Sackville, NS – B4E 1R3) at 11 AM), to be followed by a reception in the adjacent hall where all are welcome.


See you on the flipside Big Al.


You will be missed. (Atlantic Funeral Home)




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