Allan William Drein
December 22, 1940 – April 2, 2020
There is no deeper sadness than to announce the passing of our beloved father Allan William Drein (Big Al) on Thursday April 2nd, 2020 at Burnaby General Hospital after complications from a few falls. Allan was born in Seven Sisters Falls, Manitoba on December 22nd, 1940 to his parents William (Bill) and Elsie Drein. Our dad leaves behind his treasured sister Eileen Harrison, his dearly loved children, son Darren, daughter Cindy (Cross), son-in- law Len Kapasky, his cherished grandchildren Rhett, Gage, Tiara and the family Chihuahua Chloe. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and his precious birds “Kelly” and “Tiara” whom our dad loved taking care of. He was predeceased by his father William (Bill) in 1969, his mother Elsie in 1994, and his sisters Lorraine in 2007 and Beverly in 2013.Allan recently lost his niece Lila in March 2020 whom he was extremely close to and was more like a sister to him than a niece. Allan moved from Manitoba to Vancouver with his family in 1946 and grew up on Frontenac Street then Dawson Street and attended Gladstone High School and was confirmed with the Killarney Lutheran Church. He started his career with Canadian Pacific Airlines in 1961 when he was 21 years old. CP Airlines changed names many times during his career with the airlines. Originally Canadian Pacific Airlines, then CP Air, then Canadian Airlines and finally to Air Canada where he eventually retired after 42 years of service in 2003. Al made multiple lifelong friends there and shared some of his happiest moments of his life with his airline friends. In 1964, Allan married Judy Kolton and had his two children Darren and Cindy. They resided on Devon Road in Port Coquitlam where they had a small blueberry farm and he moonlighted at The Wild Duck Inn as a Beer Slinger. During this time he was also an owner/operator of the local taxi cab company. Al and Judy then bought a home with acreage in 1973 on Burke Mountain where Al was able to have his dream of owning horses finally come true. During this time he also had a lake lot at Lake Whatcom in Washington where he spent his summers with his family boating and enjoying the outdoors. Even though Al & Judy separated in 1979 they remained very good friends over the years and shared all family holidays and get togethers. The two often met for coffee, breakfast and lunch and chatted regularly on the phone. Judy was also a big support by taking Al to his many medical appointments. In the early 80’s Al purchased a small bachelor apartment in Burnaby and lived there until he bought a rancher in Delta in around 1986. Many family occasions were celebrated there and he entertained his twin grandsons driving them around the yard in his quad and setting up a pool for them to enjoy on the weekends. Al resided in Delta until he retired from the airline in 2003 and decided to move to Kelowna for his retirement years. He lived in Kelowna until after he had a stroke in 2010 and eventually moved back to the mainland in 2014 where he lived in his good friend Manni’s basement suite. Due to Al’s mobility issues after his stroke he moved to the Swedish Assisted Living in Burnaby in 2016 where the staff took excellent care of our dad until he passed. Allan enjoyed many passions such as his huge love of horses, camping, fishing, hunting, restoring and appreciating vintage cars and of course his main passion which was partying and socializing. Our dad was funny AF. There is no one who can argue the fact that Al was the life of the party and loved making people laugh. His material was endless but his quick wit and sarcasm will always be remembered by all who were part of his life. Al had a huge love of travelling and visited many countries and was extremely interested in history of any kind. He loved reading autobiography and history books and thoroughly loved watching every war and western movie ever made. Our dad loved socializing, cowboy boots, rum and coke and being the life of the party. Right to the very end our dad would move mountains to get to a party or social gathering. Our dad was extremely proud of us and his grandchildren and always told us so and was never shy about telling us he loved us every time we spoke. Al had a love hate relationship with technology but did his utmost to try to keep up with managing his multiple devices. In Al’s final years he formed a strong bond with his son-in-law Len whom they spent an enormous amount of time together. Len was a bright light for Al and took extremely good care of him. Al’s famous line was, “when they made Len, they threw away the mold”. Len loved every moment spent with Al regardless of the endless medical appointments he escorted him to. Al’s life was well lived and he was loved immensely by his family and friends. He was larger than life, a great brother, father, grandfather and friend making his loss extremely hard to believe. A viewing will take place with social distancing precautions at Burkeview Chapel located at 1340 Dominion Avenue in Port Coquitlam on Tuesday April 14th, 2020 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. for whomever would like to pay their final respects. In lieu of flowers please donate in honour of Allan Drein to The Canadian Diabetes Association. “Your wings were ready but our hearts were not”
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Allan William Drein
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April 20, 2020
My heart will never be the same. I love you dad 💔 Missing you like crazy!
April 19, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Drein family. May Al rest in a better place among the stars in Heaven. I have always known Al as the Stores Carpenter at the Airlines where we worked in Stores amongst a group of interesting people and we always had fun while we did our jobs which included Al and all of his jokes that kept us laughing and smiling. One of the lighter moments that I would like to share is that people would always borrow his carpentry tools and not return them and that frustrated him while trying to do his job. One day his hammer was missing and he let people know his frustration about the matter. Eventually he found it strapped to the bottom of a wooden crate that he built. Everyone had a good laugh including Al. That's the great sense of humour we will all miss. R.I.P. Al
April 15, 2020
Love you Grandpa forever in our hearts!
April 14, 2020
I met Al in 1976 at CP Air, and we became almost like brothers. Al's mom Elsie used to refer to us as "Son #1" and "Son #2". Al and I traveled half the world together. My whole family spent lots of quality time with Al and he was loved by all, and always invited to family functions. Both my children grew up with Uncle Al, we would go camping or visit him in Kelowna. Al you will be greatly missed by our family.
Rest In Peace Big Brother
April 14, 2020
Its was a great honor to meet Allan in 2015. I has a very close relationship with Al throughout the past few years and I am so proud to say that I new him . He was a friend and dad at the same time. I will miss his humor , his one liners and all his characteristics that made him who he is and who he was. It was only a short time that I had the pleasure to be with him. I wish that I meet him years ago , with the stories my beautiful wife Cindy and my Brother in law Darren shared with me, I know that he was an incredible man . He love his family and love all who was around him in his life. I always look forward to seeing him , whether it was taking him to the doctor appointments , or visiting him at his home.
He always brighten up my day , he always put a smile on my face. Allan was a great spirit , he touched everyone he came in contact with in a very special way... that was Al. When I visited him and had a plan for us to do that day , he would always say "sound like a winner to me ". I will miss that saying and all the others.
Allan is here with us and always will be , I know it it my heart. He will be here to look over us and take care of us. Allan ...... say hi to my dad for me will you. I will miss you my good man , Love you .
April 13, 2020
I will always remember Al as a kid at heart. He was full of endless jokes , sarcasm and quick wit. He always made me feel special and like a second daughter. He was tough, determined and had a will to live. Even with his fall causing broken ribs, he still had us peeing our pants laughing at the hospital. My heart aches for your heart Cindy. He was a loving father and a great grandpa. He loved you more than maybe you even realize. Embrace his memory with your quirky sense of humour that you got from him. He wouldn’t want to see you sad and you know this. I will miss him dearly because he truly was one of a kind.
April 13, 2020
Spent lots of time with my grandpa at his senior living home we had lots of laughs he really was and still is a great man he will forever be with me love you grandpa
April 12, 2020
My deepest condolences to Al’s Family and friends.
I am still in shock to hear of Al’s passing..
I used to car pool with Al and Andy Whitmore, Mark Tavaris...from Delta to Canadian Airlines when he lived in Delta.
Many a great story and wonderful times with Al.
I will always remember his smile and laugh.
He will be missed
R.I.P. my Freind....
April 11, 2020
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April 11, 2020
We always enjoyed our time spent with your dad. Yes, I usually ended laughing until my cheeks hurt with his jokes and special effects. Very special man who will be missed by all. Please give Judy our condolences as Al's passing will be especially difficult on her. Also to Darren cherish your memories of your time with Al. I know he loved his grandchildren with all his heart. Thinking of you all at this time. With love and hugs Dennis and Nancy Unguran