Alan Fergus Cameron passed away peacefully October 14, 2020, at age 93, at Peter D. Clark Long Term Care Home, Nepean, Ontario.
He was born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, raised out west, and married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Irving, in Edmonton, Alberta in 1951. As he was too young to volunteer for WWII, Alan later joined the Armed Forces, being posted to many places in Canada and England over the next 20 years. During his military career, he rose to the rank of Captain, spending most of a year as a peacekeeper in Lebanon; teaching recruits chemical warfare at Base Borden; researching rubber that would tolerate a Canadian winter; then attending the Military College in Swindon, England, before working at the Canadian Military Embassy in London, England, for 3 years.
After returning to Canada in 1969, Alan decided to retire from his military career, and went back to college once again, receiving a teaching degree. He enjoyed teaching grades 4-8 tremendously in schools in both Kars and Nepean, Ontario, until he retired again. He was an enthusiastic and innovative teacher.
Throughout all these moves, he was a beloved and loving, supportive husband and father, and gave his children and all his dogs a wonderful life.
After retiring from teaching, Alan volunteered at the Canadian War Museum, becoming an archivist in the museum Library for 28 years. He continued to enjoy this work into his 80s.
Alan had many hobbies and interests, but the most enduring was a love of researching our family tree. He became our enthusiastic and committed family historian.
Alan is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gloria; his four daughters - Sandra (Don Wrenshall), Leslie (Bob Simpson), Cindy (Jack Ayotte) and Laurie; as well as 8 grandchildren – Mike, Brian, Maegan, Kate, Stephan, Emily, Cameron and Alanna, and 4 great-granddaughters – Hannah, Anne, Isla and Phoebe. He was predeceased by his older brother, Donald.
Due to coronavirus, there will be no service at this time. The family will be arranging a Celebration of Life and Inurnment at a future date. Donations to the Ottawa Humane Society and the Ottawa Heart Institute would be welcomed.