On Thursday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2005, Donald Edwin Allen passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at Allen Grove Farm in Mountain.
Born on Aug. 21, 1930, Don was the son of Merrill Allen (1980) and Helena Beggs (1986). He was raised on Loughlin Ridge Roadand attended North Mountain Consolidated School.
Except for a few months in 1952 when he went on a fall excursion to Yellow Grass, Sask., Don lived north of Hallville in Mountain Township.
On February 12, 1955, he married Muriel Murdock at the Hallville United Church Manse. Lot 6, Concession 11 was home until 1983 when the farm was sold to their oldest son Larry. Don never released his ties from the farm and although he moved to ‘the red brick bungalow north of the pines’, the farm was always home to him.
Being a dairy farmer, Holstein cattle were his priority. A proud achievement in his life was in April 1984 when he received the Master Breeders’ Shield – the top honor award presented by the Holstein Association of Canada. In October 1988, Don received the 30-year Veteran Breeder Pin from the Dundas County Holstein Club. For over 40 years, he served as a trustee on the Reid’s Mills United Church Cemetery Board.
He was content with the country way of living – helping on the farm and visiting with whomever had the time, (whether he knew them or not), were high on his list of priorities.
Don is survived by his wife Muriel, sons Larry of Mountain, Kevin (Patricia McLaren) of Mountain and his daughter Susan (Rick Fisher) of Perth. He was predeceased by his son Dwayne on June 1, 2005. He was the proud grandfather and ‘Don’ to Michael and Christopher Allen of Mountain and to Lucas and Nicholas Fisher of Perth.
He was the brother of Margaret, Marion and Mervin, and was predeceased by his brothers Douglas in 1987 and Gordon in 1995. Don was the son-in-law of Clark Murdock and the late Selma Davis (1978). He was brother-in-law of Mel, the late Harold (2003), the late Nancy (1952) and Dixie, and was uncle to many nieces and nephews.
He will be missed.
The funeral service, held at the Grant Brown Funeral Home on Nov. 7, 2005, was officiated by Rev. Blair Paterson, who once again was able to help the family and friends through his understanding and words of wisdom. Interment followed at Reid’s Mills United Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers were his two sons Larry and Kevin, and his grandsons Michael and Christopher Allen and Lucas and Nicholas Fisher.
We hold you close within our hearts
And there you will remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.