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Saturday October 31, 2015

ALLAN, Christopher David

Tragically, on October 24, 2015 at Campbell River BC, Chris Allan lost his life while salmon fishing on the Pacific Ocean with his friends. He will be forever remembered by the love of his life, Julie Martindale. Chris was an adored and cherished son of Debbie and David Allan of Toronto, ON, much loved by his brother, Doug (Michelle); and their son, Hudson of North Vancouver, BC; and by his sister, Jennie (Tyler) of Toronto. Chris was predeceased by his grandparents, Hugh and Susan Allan of Toronto and Bill and Margot Winspear of Dallas, TX. He was born in Toronto on May 3, 1984, raised in Vancouver and living with Julie in Cold Lake, AB. Chris and Julie were looking forward to celebrating their love of each other at their wedding this November.
  Chris was an avid fisherman, skier, hockey player, golfer and outdoorsman. He had a deep love of family, learning and spending time with his friends, often living his life on 'after burner'.
  The accomplishments in his career were of the highest order.
  As a proud member of the Royal Canadian Air Force and of Canada's Armed Forces, Captain Chris 'Axe' Allan was originally posted to 410 Tactical Fighter (Operational Training) Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake, AB in November 2010. He completed fighter pilot training on the CF-18 Hornet in July 2011, obtaining the status of a Canadian Armed Forces Fighter Pilot. In late 2014, Captain Allan used his exemplary skill and training during the first deployment of CF-18 Hornets to Operation IMPACT in Kuwait. In May of 2015 Captain Allan completed the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course at 4 Wing Cold Lake, a prestigious and highly sought after qualification among the fighter pilot community.
  Throughout the past year, he continued to serve Canada with distinction, deploying on Operation REASSURANCE in Eastern Europe and on a second deployment to Operation IMPACT in Kuwait, earning him a campaign star. Throughout his career, Captain Allan participated in many military exercises, including Exercise COUGAR SOUTH, Exercise COMBAT ARCHER, Exercise RED FLAG (Alaska) and Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC; a multi-national exercise conducted alongside the Royal Canadian Navy and our allies). Chris' final posting was to 409 Tactical Fighter Squadron, 4 Wing Cold Lake, AB, as the Deputy Squadron Weapons and Tactics Officer.
  The family has established the 'Chris Allan Legacy Fund' to honour Chris' life and to manage and support appropriate initiatives in the years and decades ahead that were important to him such as, but not limited to, outdoor education, sustainable fishing practices and aviation training and excellence. Donations to his fund in lieu of flowers, would be very much appreciated by the family as follows:By phone: 250-381-5532 to make a donation by credit card directly to the Victoria Foundation.
  By cheque: Send cheques to the Victoria Foundation at #109 - 645 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1G2. Please ensure they are made out to The Victoria Foundation. Note the name of the fund in the memo line or in a cover letter.
  A service to honour Chris for his family, friends and colleagues will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Winspear Centre, 9720-102 Avenue, Edmonton, AB.

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