OBITUARY

Alan Charles Gilmour

June 5 1962 to Aug 25 2020

Alan fell asleep in Christ peacefully, 25 Aug 2020 at 58 years old, after a short but courageous fight with cancer. His loving wife of 32 years was at his side when he passed.

Predeceased by his Mom Cheryl (2000) and Dad Joe (2018). He is survived by his wife Linda, sister Debbie, brothers Roy (Cindy) and Glenn (Sheryl), brother in law Daryl (Katerie), nieces and nephews: Becky, Greg, Scott, Jordan, Katelyn, Madeline and Carter as well as Aunty Joyce and numerous cousins. Alan was born and raised in Victoria. He grew up in Saanich attending Quadra Elementary, SJ Willis and Vic High. His interests at that time were cars, scuba diving and electronics. After graduation, his affinity and skills were in electronics, particularly communications. He started his career with Harrison-Nowell Communications. Later he became part owner in the company Sprint Communications. This company transitioned into Radio Works where he worked for the remainder of his career. Alan was instrumental in advising and installing many radio systems (including the CREST system) throughout greater Victoria. He recently received recognition from the CRD as well as police and fire departments for his superior work. Alan and Linda built a wonderful life together. They travelled to numerous continents often in remote locations to volunteer to do dental work for people who would not otherwise get dental care. Alan was a mastermind, often relying on his electronic, technical, and mechanical knowledge to keep the dental team and equipment going. Alan had a passion for geo-caching, achieving many milestones. His handle was “Highlands Guy”. A memorable trip for him last fall was to visit Italy and take a Mediterranean cruise. Alan was famous for his mischievous nature. With his easy smile and quirky humour, he was a charmer to both adults and children alike. Alan had a very kind heart, he would notice and offer to help anyone who needed it, often strangers. He was smart, considerate, gentle, devoted, loving and fun. He was interested in so many topics. He never said an unkind word of anyone. His positive influence made situations better, and inspired others to be better. He will be greatly missed by long time friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and geocachers (local and abroad). He left his battered and bruised mortal body, to sleep, in hope for the resurrection and eternal life in the kingdom of God.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

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Merle Styles

September 19, 2020

Dear Linda & Family:

We also got to know Alan through grocaching although it was just in the last few years after we moved to Victoria. Everything we heard in the streamed on-line service is what we also remember of Alan; his friendly smile, willingness to help, generosity, politeness, loyalty, integrity and his great interaction with people. I (Merle) also come from a radio and electronics background although it was in government regulation and management in Vancouver. It turned out that Alan knew and liaised with many of my colleagues located here in Victoria.

We got a little chuckle when the subject of 'raison bran flakes' came up. This past August a large gathering of geocachers were to come from around the world for a GeoWoodstock Event which was to have occurred but was postponed for a year due to Coronavirus. Alan was going to stay with us at an Airb&b for the Event in Abbotsford. We mentioned that we would be doing a full cooked breakfast but his answer was 'all I want is a bowl of raison bran flakes'.

Our deepest sympathy to you Linda in your great loss. May God bless and keep you through the rest of your days.

Lois and Merle Styles

Brent & Cathy Besse

September 18, 2020

Linda and Family,
I got to know Alan through our shared hobby, Geocaching. Later one, we discovered we also shared a passion for radio and electronics.
One of our best shared memories was going on the Mediterranean cruise with Alan and Linda. Lots of fun, even in the rain!
I think of a line in the 23rd Psalm, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me".
Alan was walked through the valley and is dwelling in the House of the Lord.
Rest peacefully Alan, you will be missed.

Brent and Cathy

Anthea Chang

September 18, 2020

Dear Linda,

I met Alan once very briefly, although I feel I knew him fairly well through the many wonderfully vivid, and often humorous, stories you told. Not only were your tales entertaining and helped pass the time while we were working, they clearly illustrated the closeness and affection you two shared through life's adventures. Alan will surely live on in your loving memories and I hope this brings you comfort.

Sincerely, Anthea Chang

Clive Daniel

September 13, 2020

Dear Linda,
Alan was truly unique in terms of his genuine kindness. He was brilliant yet he seemed to approach life in an uncomplicated way that exemplified the attributes of Christ. I will really miss his smiling face at the Bible seminars. I pray that God will give you the strength to get through this extremely challenging time.
Clive

Diana Stodel

September 13, 2020

Dear Linda, What a lovely, interesting man your husband was! We wish we had met him. You shared many exciting adventures together, and generously gave your time to volunteer work in remote places. May all your wonderful memories be a joy and a comfort to you.

Rose Thompson

September 12, 2020

Sincerest Condolences Linda. Alan will be missed by everyone he ever met. He made this crazy world a much better place to be in with his quick smile and sense of humour.
Hugs to you, your family and many friends and 2 very sweet kitties.
Rose

Albert & Pam Smith

September 12, 2020

We were really good f riends with Joe and Cheryl and I worked at VMD with Joe. Last time we saw Alan was when we came down from Penticton to say goodbye to Cheryl a week before she died. Sorry to hear that he died so young. Our condolences to the family. Al Smith

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