Allen Dunlop passed away peacefully on January 3, 2021 at the age of 78. His wife, Camille, and daughter Lora were at his side.
Al is survived by his wife Camille, their children and spouses Lane (Tina), Lise McCarthy (Mike), Lora Grandberg (Geoff), and Lindy (Mike Tuton). Al loved and was loved by his grandchildren and their partners: Lauren Novak (Kris), Paige (Doug), Jordan (Jenna) and Jayson McCarthy; Max Fetner Dunlop; Jennifer and Chayce Tuton; and Eric Grandberg.
He has four siblings including sisters Jacquie Bly Rutherford (Glenn), Patti Thompson (Bob), and Bobbi (Rim Shepetys), and brother Ted (Trace). He is also survived by Camille’s siblings Art (Angela) Battiste, Barbara Battiste, and Don (Virginia) Battiste, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Predeceasing Al were his parents Ed and Dorothy Dunlop, in-laws Charlie and Phyllis Battiste, brother-in-law Al Bly, and nephew Chad Dunlop.
Al was born in 1942 in Saskatoon where he lived his entire life and where he and Camille were married in 1965.
In addition to his love of family, Al possessed a passion for sports, particularly hockey, fastball, and baseball. He famously came out of retirement at the age of 46 to throw a no-hitter for Lane’s baseball team, baffling the opposition with a combination of knuckleballs, taunts, and smoking between batters. Al was a big supporter of the athletic exploits of all his children and grandchildren, one year gamely coaching Lane’s hockey team to a 0-77 record. He also travelled across Western Canada to watch Jennifer’s volleyball tournaments and could regularly be seen at both local and far-flung arenas cheering Eric on. He was always in attendance at Lindy’s University of Saskatchewan volleyball games and closely followed Lise’s softball career.
He graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Theology from The Lutheran Seminary at the University of Saskatchewan. He put his degree to good use, counselling countless souls on a variety of topics. Not only was he a counsellor but he became a friend to many, available at all hours to assist them. Al also enjoyed a year as Executive Director of the John Paul II Catholic Bible School in Radway, Alberta.
Al was completely devoted to Camille as she was to him. For those who were fortunate enough to see them together, it was a chance to see true love and give us all hope as we grow older.
His unique combination of wisdom, dry wit, dad humour, and love will be missed by all who knew him.
The family has decided there will be no service at this time. If you wish to make a donation in Al’s memory, please consider the Canada Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2221 Yonge Street, Suite 800, Toronto, ON M4P 2C9), as this is a disease that has touched our family. Arrangements in care of David Schurr – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.
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