ARBUCKLE, ALLISON ("ALLIE")
February 12, 1931 - October 2, 2014
Allie passed away October 2, 2014 at the age of 83 at his home in Taigh Na Mara, Glace Bay where he has lived for the past 4 years, following a stroke. With his passing, the world loses a generous and optimistic spirit who we are all better for knowing.
Born in Port Caledonia, he was the youngest child of William ‘Dickie’ Arbuckle and Nellie (Robertson) Arbuckle.
Allie is survived by his daughter (Lynn), granddaughters, (Amanda & Jill) and great granddaughter, (Scarlett) all of Edmonton. He is also survived by his brother, Freddie (Frances) of Port Caledonia, sister, Elizabeth (Bettie) Scott of Toronto, numerous relatives and many friends in Cape Breton, Edmonton and across Canada.
Allie was predeceased by his wife, Jean Arbuckle (Munroe) in 1995 after 39 years of marriage, and by his parents, his brothers, Norman, Jock, William, James, George, Robertson, Stewart and sisters, Janet, Susan, Agnes and Mary.
Allie proudly served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 25 years plus many more proud years in the Militia. He was always trying to convince others to "join up," believing that the military prepared you for life and offered many opportunities for education and travel. He was especially proud to have joined and served with his brothers, Freddie and Stewart, following the footsteps of elder brothers, Willie, Jimmie, Geordie, & Bobby. Following his years of service, Allie also enjoyed his time working with St. John’s Ambulance (Edmonton) and as a camp cook in many locations around Northern Alberta.
Both Allie and daughter, Lynn, have been very appreciative of the staff at Taigh Na Mara for the care and comfort provided to him. He loved that the staff appreciated his sense of humour and joked with him daily. He truly felt at home and was grateful to be able to live his final years on his beloved Cape Breton Island, of which he was so proud. We are also very thankful of the support he received from his brother, Freddie, sister-in-law Frances, and other members of his family in Cape Breton.Cremation has taken place and, at Allie’s request, no service will be held. The family will celebrate his life in private, at a time of their choosing. We hope that, in spirit, you will join us in celebration by sharing a laugh, enjoying some "nibblies", and playing a game of cribbage. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Allie’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion or Taigh Na Mara.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, Glace Bay. On line condolences to the family can be expressed at: www.vjmcgillivray.ca
A photo of Allie is found on above website