Memories & Celebrations of Life:
Obituary - Allan Schofield
February 15, 1947 - June 22, 2018
Allan Schofield passed away peacefully in his 72nd year at the Meno Ya Win District Health Centre on Friday, June 22, 2018. He is survived by loving wife of 38 years, Lynne (nee Grasley), daughters, Tina Schofield, Anne Reid (Chad) Sioux Lookout, Lisa Schofield (Chris) Cambridge, ON and Susan Howden (Paul) Grimsby, UK. Proud grandfather of Melanie (Derek), Brandon (Molly), Nathan, Emma and Cooper and great grandfather of Ryker. Allan is also survived by sister Judy Gibson (David) and family of Rothesay, NB, sisters-in-law, Shelley Grasley of Sault Ste. Marie, ON and Irene Grasley and family of London, ON.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii February 15, 1947 to Don and Rosie (nee Fenton) Schofield, the family moved back to Saint John, NB when Allan was 18 months old and settled in the village of Renforth where he spent his childhood. While attending Rothesay Collegiate he played rugby, lacrosse, badminton and hockey.
Life after high school included working for the Bank of Nova Scotia, Indian Affairs, Iron Range Bus Lines and for a time the ‘milk man” at Johnny’s.
Being a kid himself Allan loved celebrating birthdays and Christmas with his family. It wasn’t so much about the presents as it was the ‘anticipation’. He had a few special Teddy bears that had names and some even travelled with him. Allan enjoyed reading Robert Munsch stories to elementary school children, driving little kids on the school bus, being Wise Owl as a Brownie leader, watching kids play and having coffee with friends.
As an avid gardener and Green Bay Packers fan Allan could always be seen leaning on a shovel, wearing a pair of work gloves and a Green Bay Packers cap.
He also loved to go for ‘drive’ and believed that it was all about the journey and not the destination.
Allan joined the Sioux Lookout Masonic Lodge #518 in 1985 and throughout the years served as Master of five different Masonic bodies in NW Ontario/Manitoba. He was also a Shriner. His dedication to Free Masonry was shown in the sometimes great distance he drove to attend various meetings.
Allan’s legacy will live on in the traditions he established with his family such as colouring at the kitchen table, decorating the yard for young and old to enjoy on Halloween and Christmas, handing out candy canes to those working on Christmas Eve, throwing the coloured water on to the snow after decorating Easter eggs and opening Christmas presents one person at a time.
Always the optimistic Allan saw the bright side of any situation and loved to make people smile, laugh or just feel better with a quip that just popped into his head or a ‘what’s this’ joke. Allan was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Meno Ya Win DHC and especially Dr. Giles, Denise and Jeremy for their compassion, care and kindness.
A Masonic Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home with Brethren coming from Thunder Bay, Kenora, Dryden, as well as Sioux Lookout.
A Church Service was held at St. Andrew’s United Church on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 followed by a luncheon provided by the UCW.
Internment of ashes in Northway Cemetery will be at a later date.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Trans Canada Trail, Cancer Society or the Charity of your choice through the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home, Box 1449, Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B9.