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DOUGLAS ERNEST MEGGET ALLEN (published on January 23, 2010)



DOUGLAS ERNEST MEGGET ALLEN It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Doug Allen on January 17, 2010 at 86 years of age. He leaves behind to mourn his wife of 56 years, Evelyn (nee Thorvaldson), son Glenn (Diane Pearce), daughter Val Bakker, granddaughters Kristina, Katherine and Kimberly Bakker, Elizabeth and Sara Allen, sister Pat (Art Wheatley) in Vernon BC, and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother Dennis (Kaye) Allen of Norway House. Doug was born June 11, 1923 in Winnipeg. St. James was home base for the majority of a life of world travels through wartime service in the Royal Canadian Navy, 1940-48; through his 50 year career as a broadcast engineer (Distinguished Graduate U of M, awarded the Isbister Scholarship) and through his passionate involvement in downhill skiing. Doug entered the broadcasting business while in university, as a summer student at CBC in Winnipeg. After graduating, Doug joined the engineering department at RCA Victor in Montreal where the young family resided for six years. In 1959, he returned to Winnipeg and in 1963 he was able to start his own consulting firm, D.E.M. Allen Assoc. Ltd with the generous support of the Western private broadcasters for whom he had the greatest admiration. Doug became one of the most sought after authorities on broadcast engineering, working with the majority of Canada's major broadcasting companies, serving clients around the world as an expert consultant. He was a consultant for the federal Department of Communications, the CRTC, the CBC and the Department of National Defence. He volunteered many hours of service to various technical committees, serving as a member of Canadian delegations to international conferences. Many employees stayed with the firm for most of their careers, some becoming partners and eventual owners of the company, all lifelong friends as were his clients also. Doug officially retired at age 80. His dedication to excellence in his field made him the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Pioneer Award from the Broadcasters Assoc. Of Manitoba; named as Friend of the Industry by the BC Assoc. Of Broadcasters; Inductee of the Canadian Assoc. Of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Doug's professional life was complemented by his public service for the sports community. He told us that life at its core is simply about helping people. Doug was an avid Alpine skier. From his early involvement as President of the U of M Ski Club, Ski School Director at the Winnipeg Ski Club, volunteer at the Agassiz Ski Club (where he kept the family ski cottage in McCreary and made sure that skiing was truly a family sport), to being a founding member and President of the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing, member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance and for the Canadian Federation of Sports Organizations for the Disabled, serving as Chef de Mission for the Canadian Ski Team at the Winter Olympics Games for the Disabled in 1984 in Austria. For his long history of service to the disabled, particularly through his leadership in the organization and development of skiing as a recreational, social and therapeutic activity, he was awarded the highest honour of being appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1985. Many other cherished awards were as an inductee to the MB Sports Hall of Fame (1994), MB Alpine Skiing Hall of Fame (2001), and the especially prized honor of induction into the Canadian Ski Instructors' Alliance National Hall of Fame in 2004. His other passion in life was golf. First as a boy with his parents, Alice and D.P. Allen at Assiniboine and later as a Charter and honorary life member of Breezy Bend Country Club. He so enjoyed both the golf and the friendships at Breezy. The flag is at half mast. The family is grateful for the support, expertise and care of the WRHA Palliative home care team and the staff, especially Tracy, at Riverview Health Center where Dad spent his final weeks. We wish to thank the many visitors he had for the support given to him and to us, for the Irish jokes, the songs, the fond memories of a long life lived to its fullest potential. A true gentleman, a man of honour, ethics and integrity. His loss is deeply felt by many. The Funeral service will be held at St. Andrew's Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to CADS (Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing) would be greatly appreciated. For donation information please go to https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=197 VER=1 LNG=EN NEIL BARDAL INC. (204) 949 2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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