Allen Christopher O’Halloran
Dec. 31, 1957 – Sept. 16, 2016
It is with great sadness that the family of Allen O’Halloran announce his passing on Sept 16, from complications following a car crash.
Allen was born in Halifax Nova Scotia, the son of the late William Patrick and Georgina Roberta (Wagg) O’Halloran.
He is survived by his wife, Maryann, their sons Matthew Reid (Elizabeth Kennedy), David Andrew (Melody Thuma), and Mark Daniel, his grandchildren James, Brynnley and Rowan, all of Nanaimo. He is also survived by seven siblings: Mary Jesso (Bill), Robert(Anna), Grace Walker(Murray), Katherine Poole (Bill), Elizabeth Downey (Harold), Ted (Joan), all in NS, and brother Gerald (Christine) in Ontario. He is predeceased by his sister Patricia Cunningham.
Prior to entering the RCMP in 1978 he lived in Halifax. He attended Alexander McKay Elementary School, St Joseph’s Junior High, St Patrick’s High School, and Dalhousie University.
Allen was an outstanding student and an excellent athlete. He boxed at the Citadel Boxing Club and went on to box for Nova Scotia at the Canada Winter Games in 1975. He played football in high school (St. Pat’s Fighting Irish) and University (Dalhousie Tigers). His coaches said that no one worked harder than Allen. He was a tough competitor and always sportsmanlike.
On the academic front, he was equally successful and well respected. His positive attitude, hard work and humility brought success in high school. He was the recipient of the Jack Cornwell Award, as voted by peers and teachers for the male graduate who best balanced academic achievement, generous nature, sense of responsibility, and overall character.
Allen then attended Dalhousie University where he met Maryann Barry, the love of his life. They Married May 5, 1979.
After Dal, Al went on to RCMP training in Regina, Sask. He was then stationed in British Columbia, where he served for 34 years, with postings in Grand Forks, Bella Coola, Chemainus, Duncan, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, and Richmond. Allen’s dedication continued to earn him the respect of his colleagues. He was a valued member of the force and rose to the rank of Sergeant. Allen, a proud Canadian, considered himself a peace officer and loved serving the community.
He was formally recognized for exceptional service, in 2001 receiving a Commanding Officer’s Commendation.
Allen was a great husband and father. He would arrive home from his shift, hug Maryann pick up the boys and announce that he was the luckiest man in the world.
Over the years Al was also a dedicated coach of Minor Hockey and Football, and Little League Baseball. He was named Coach of the Year in 1995. He served the community so naturally, making friends everywhere he went.
Allen’s joyful spirit was rooted in his church, where he and his family regularly participated and called home.
Allen retired in 2012. Although his retirement was brief he did enjoy the opportunities to sing more, hike with the dogs, travel with Maryann, and spend more time with friends, family, and especially his beloved grandchildren.
Prayers for Allen will be Friday, September 23, 7:00 pm, at St. Mary’s Parish in Ladysmith. The funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s at 11:00 am, Saturday, September 24. All are welcome.
Allen’s joy for life and warm nature will be deeply missed and always remembered. We wish for him what he always wished so readily for others. “God love him.”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Honour House Society or charity of your choice.