In Memory of

Allan (Al) McInnis


Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm at Gibson Centre, 63 Tupper Street West, Alliston.


Sunday September 29th, 2019. Spoken remembrances at 4:00pm.

McInnis: Allan Erle,

Passed peacefully at Matthews House Hospice Alliston on Thursday September 12, 2019 with family by his side, his beloved bike in the room, and surrounded with memories of his adventures.  In his 74th year, Al’s ride was cut short by malignant melanoma. For 52 of those years he has been the beloved husband of Sannie McInnis (nee: Tuk). Loving father of Sjanie (Morgan Mackie) and Talbot (Jennifer). Adored opa of Hannah, Robert, and Sadie. Dear brother of Kathy Brett (Peter), Bob (Val), and Margi Laurin (Sam), and brother-in-law of Leen Tuk (Nancy), Arenda Beringer (Al), and John Tuk (Kim Alvarado).  Forever in the hearts of Russ and Jane Oldfield, extended family, and friends.

Cremation has taken place, and The Last Ride, a celebration of Al’s life, will be held on Sunday, September 29th, from 3:00-5:00pm at the Gibson Centre, 63 Tupper Street West, Alliston. Spoken words will be held at 4:00pm. Please join Al’s family for a time of fellowship and sharing of memories.  The family would like you to share your photos of Al to create a slideshow for his celebration of life. Please, Upload a Memory.  For those who wish, donations in Al’s memory to Matthews House Hospice or a charity of your choosing would be appreciated by the family.  Carpe diem:  seize the day.



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Memorial Tribute

“Allan (Al) McInnis”
  1. Joan Hammond wrote:

    AL was such a fabulous guy ,I just loved to talk to him on every thing …He was so smart ….loved to talk to him on politics and just about every thing. He will be missed so much by his loving wife his children and grand children so sad he was way too young. And his good friends will miss his conversations..I will…

  2. Ian and Vickie Withrspoon wrote:

    Dear Sannie and Family:
    Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss of a wonderful man. He will be greatly missed by many friends.
    May God give you all strength.

  3. John & Diane Harrett wrote:

    Dear Sannie:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Al was a true friend, my tax mentor and my golfing buddy. He will be truly missed and we will forever treasure the times you both shared with us.

  4. Janice & Richard Preiss wrote:

    One of the most scrupulous, ethical, honest and upstanding citizens we have ever met.

  5. Malcolm & Elsie Cleghorn wrote:

    Dear Sannie: It has been a long time since we have been in touch but we have many happy memories of our connections with you and Al. We were saddened to hear of Al’s passing and hope that your many happy memories will ease the pain of loss. God bless.

  6. Ed & Charlotte Carney wrote:

    Dear Sannie,
    So sorry to hear about Al. We were fortunate to have the two of you as great neighbours for so many years.

  7. Susan Carr wrote:

    Dear Sannie;

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I know the two of you shared a very special bond. He is gone too soon.

    Please accept my condolences.

  8. John Archibald wrote:

    Our deepest condolences to you Sannie and your family. May God give you strength to get through this. God bless you all.
    John & Anne Archibald

  9. Judy Breckles wrote:

    The world has lost a bright caring, gentle man. His family have lost a wonderful husband & father. The community has lost an involved, commited volunteer. Sugartones have lost our honorary member, driver, worker & friend. I have lost a friend that I could talk to about anything on our rare long chats — even on the Sugartones bus!

  10. Margaret Phillips wrote:

    Dear Sannie: So very sorry for your loss

  11. Sjanie Sintmaartensdijk wrote:

    Deer Sannie
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thoughts are with you and your childrenand
    There children your grandchildren. Love Sjanie from Holland.

  12. wayne hutchinson wrote:

    I am going to miss you Al. Your friendship, our lunches, the political discussions, our times with you and Sannie at the cabin. Your excitement, and laughter at watching Sannie catch Bass and Salmon.
    I will miss the sage financial advice and help you gave to me and Adam. I will miss the chats about your bike riding adventures, your yoga classes, memories of our flag football team. I will miss the joy in your voice, the smile on your face when you were talking about your son and daughter and your grandchildren. You were a wonderful friend. Carpe Diem Al.

  13. Sandy and David wrote:

    Sannie, we send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    Al was always engaging, smiling and active, truly a good way to have lived.
    The Sucklings

  14. Anne Chesterton wrote:

    Dear Sannie,
    My deepest sympathy to you & your family. The world has lost yet another very special man. I know how much he will be missed by those whose lives he touched.
    Anne Chesterton

  15. Maureen EBERLY wrote:

    So sorry to hear of Al’s Death. I so enjoyed getting to know you both on our trip to Ireland and the many years since.

  16. Sylvia Peacock wrote:

    Dear Sannie,
    You have my sincere and deepest sympathy. Although I knew you and Al on a professional basis I always considered you and Al as friends. I always enjoyed our chats and our lunches! Al always gave me such good advice. The world has lost another good, kind, noble man. You and your family are in my prayers. God Bless.

  17. Jerry Black wrote:

    Dear Sannie
    I am so sorry to hear this news.
    Heartfelt sympathy for you and your family.
    I wasn’t in Al’s company very often but enjoyed every moment of the time I spent with him.
    I’ll miss seeing him in the audience at our concerts. He was a good guy.
    Jerry and Renee.

  18. John & Jean Cochrane wrote:

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Al was a great guy and helped us with our books for Square Boy Pizza. He will be greatly missed.

  19. Eric and Karen Smith wrote:

    Sannie, both of us are very sorry to hear such sad news. Our thoughts are with you and your family. As will be the case with many other’s lives he touched, Allan will certainly be missed by the two of us.

    Karen & Smitty

  20. Eric Smith wrote:

    Sannie, on behalf of the Board of Directors, and the volunteers of the South Simcoe Railway, I would like to offer our condolences to you and yours.Allan was one of our greatest supporters and will be missed by all of us.

    Eric (Smitty) Smith
    South Simcoe Railway

  21. Sue Carson wrote:

    Sannie. Lee and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family.

    It was a wonderful opportunity for me to work with Al, to learn from him and to have such an amazing mentor, in him. I am grateful for all he has done for me. I will always remember our chats, his insights and especially our friendship.

    He was an amazing, generous and giving man that will be greatly missed by so many.

    Lots of love
    Sue & Lee Carson

  22. Bob & Pat Jackson wrote:

    Sannie & Family
    We were so very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. We have fond memories of both of you.
    We will be away at the time of Al’ s celebration. Would love to be there.
    Celebrate a life well lived.

  23. Pat boland wrote:

    I am so sorry Sanni, he was taken to soon, he was one of the good guys. Lots of love to you and your family.

  24. Annette Derraugh wrote:

    Heartfelt condolences from the Derraugh Family, Sannie. Wishing you and your family comfort and strength at this very sad time. We’ll miss that gentle soul.

  25. Eilish and Bill Boston wrote:

    Sincere condolences to you Sannie and to your family.

  26. Cathryn Mcgregor wrote:

    Sannie our family was so lucky to have had such a good and honourable man in our lives. He was a caring mentor to Cameron and Duncan in their impressionable years and we have never forgotten his many kindnesses. I hope your many fond memories will help to sustain you and your family during this deeply sad time. Much Love, Cathryn

  27. Rozella Deveau wrote:

    My prayers are with you and the family . He is safe with the Lord .Take one day at a time.

  28. Anne (Carney) and Mike Sledz wrote:

    Dear Sannie, Sjannie and Talbot,
    We were so sorry to read about the “much too young” passing of Al. My mom Frances Carney always said she had such great neighbours, and my own memories of Al and his family second that! I know Al was always available for mom if needed, especially in her later years when she was alone. May he Rest In Peace!

  29. Ed & Donna Armbrust wrote:

    Sannie & Family
    Remembering as far back as McMaster University days, Al was a good friend, roommate and very good cook. Al was always infectiously enthusiastic about life in general and athletics and politics in particular. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. It is so sad that his ride has come to the end.

  30. Ruth Dermott & Bill Zerback wrote:

    Sending prayers and sympathy to you, Sannie and your family. May you have many good memories to look back on.

  31. Elsie & Brian Newbigging wrote:

    Sanni & family, so sorry to hear of Al’s passing! He will be deeply missed. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

  32. Diane & Harold Irwin wrote:

    Dear Sannie & Family,
    Our sincerest condolences on your loss and our loss of such a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love, Diane & Harold

  33. Gail MacLennan wrote:

    Dear Sannie. I am very sorry to hear this sad news. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  34. Monika & Ron Buxton wrote:

    Sannie and all McInnis family members Please accept our very sincere condolences for your loss. Al was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and will be sorely missed by all that knew him. Love, Monika & Ron

  35. Mike McInnis wrote:

    I am sorry tom learn of Allan’s death. He was my eldest nephew and I well remember his birth and his days and years growing up. He was a fine man. I extend my sympathy to his wife and family

  36. Lois Boyter wrote:

    Dear Sannie,please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of Al. We will keep you all in our prayers. The Boyter Family

  37. Anne Ritchie wrote:

    Dear Sannie,
    I’m so sorry for your loss; you shared a wonderful life, and he leaves you with a legacy of love.

  38. Bill and Shelley Mackie wrote:

    Dear Sannie and Family
    Sorry for your loss, I know you and your family will miss him so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Love and hugs to you Shelley and Bill

  39. Shira Harrison wrote:

    Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. It was an honour to know Al through our shared interests in yoga, biking and politics. He will be missed!

  40. Marco Romani, Chair, CSP Board of Directors wrote:

    Dear Sannie and family, the Canadian Ski Patrol was saddened to hear that Al lost his fight with malignant melanoma. Please accept our condolences on behalf of the entire Canadian Ski Patrol family. Recognized in 2016 with a CSP Award (#911) and a 25-year service award in 2017, Al was a longtime member of the CSP family, most recently serving as the National Nordic On-Snow Coordinator. He will be missed by all of his friends and colleagues within the CSP.

    Sincerely, Marco Romani, Chair, CSP Board of Directors

  41. Lisa Ballinger wrote:

    Dear extended family,
    I’m so glad to be part of CSP, warmly welcomed by Al and invited by him to be part of the bicycle ERU. My heart aches as I’m sure yours is devastated. Thank-you Al. You will be remembered!

  42. Betty Aldridge wrote:

    Dear Sannie and family: I am so saddened to hear of Al’s death.Another “good guy” was taken far too early.Your days ahead will be difficult but your children and especially your grandchildren will be your source of strength.Our lives are never the same when we loose our soulmate but “different” becomes okay at some point. My thoughts are with you. Betty

  43. Phil Apperly wrote:

    Pauline and I were very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Always a smile and happy to chat. Al will be missed. Our condolences Sannie.

  44. Jeannette & Jim Ferrie wrote:

    Dear Sannie, Sjanie, Talbot & families, We were very sorry to learn of Al’s passing. Deepest sympathies from the Ferrie Family.

  45. Gail & Tom Morgan wrote:

    Sincere condolences Sannie and family

  46. Linda Doyle wrote:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Sannie, for you and your family

  47. Glen Schlueter wrote:

    Sannie and Family. So very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. My sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  48. Andy Hueton, Instructor and member, CSP wrote:

    Al and I started our volunteer service in the Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) at about the same time in the early 90’s. Whether it was teaching in the classroom, teaching at Nordic On Trail days or nordic skiing at HSV or nordic special events, being with this great man, Al, was always something to look forward to. Wish there had been more time. Will miss him deeply. Thanks for sharing him with us.

  49. Barb and Eric Holmes wrote:

    Sannie and family
    Somehow words are not enough to express our heartfelt sympathy for you and your family….
    May you draw strength and comfort from those around you…. xoxo

  50. Alan $ Wendy & Masters and family wrote:

    Dear Sannie and family
    We were so very sad to learn of Al’s passing. He was such a great guy and we always enjoyed our chats with him on family and world issues. We appreciated his guidance professionally and we always loved sharing family stories with both of you Sannie. All of you are in our hearts,thoughts and prayers

  51. George & Ruth Stamper wrote:

    Sannie & family: Sorry to hear of your loss. Al was most certainly a community minded individual. He will be missed. our sincere condolences.

  52. Betty Clark wrote:

    Sannie. So very sorry for your great loss. He was a lovely guy with a great smile. Geoff enjoyed his chats with him from one accountant to another. Our prayers are with you (even the ones in Holland). Keep strong and after a while, keep singing.
    Love, Geoff and Betty

  53. Mary Doldersum wrote:

    Dear Sannie and family.
    Ralph and I were saddened to learn about Al’s passing.
    We have many fond memories, especially, about how wonderful a dancer Al was.
    Our condolences.
    The Doldersum Family

  54. Patricia wrote:

    Sannie & Family-

    It was my great privilege and pleasure to assist in the care of such a beautiful soul. Take care of each other. God Speed to Allan.

  55. Jane Hamacher & Doug Budden wrote:

    Dear Sannie,
    Our condolences on the passing of your dear husband Al. We will always remember his smiling face at Achill concerts and trips abroad. He was a great support to us all. Know that we’re thinking of you and your family at this sad time.
    Jane & Doug

  56. Spencer Barnes wrote:

    Al was a wonderful person, and I’m lucky to have met and known him the little time I did.

    He was warm and welcoming and always made you feel at home.

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  57. Lynda, David & Leona Frances Chalmers wrote:

    Dear Sannie and Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Al’s passing. During the more than thirty years that we’ve known him, Al was a wonderful adviser and friend. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  58. Kelly-Anne Rover wrote:

    Sannie and Family

    My heartfelt sympathy go out to you for your loss. Al was an inspiration to anyone he met on and off the slopes and trails. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Ride and ski on my long time friend. Until we meet again.

    Kelly-Anne Rover

  59. Anne Golden wrote:

    Sannie and Family,
    So sorry to learn of Al’s passing. Your lifetime of memories will help you in the difficult days ahead. My sincere condolences.

  60. Tom Elmer wrote:

    Sannie and Family.

    Kathy and I were saddened to hear of Al’s passing. Sending comforting energy to you and the family as you celebrate and remember Al’s life.

    Tom and Kathy

  61. Cathcart family, wrote:

    Our hearts are broken at the loss of our dear friend and neighbour.Always in our hearts and on the trail with Ivor.

  62. Dave Mayo wrote:

    Al was a friend a a mentor to me. He was one of my first instructors in the ski patrol and always was helpful and fun to work with. Later he encouraged and assisted me as I got more involved in the ski patrol.
    From a professional point of view Al always gave me good advice that i knew I could always trust. He helped me succeed in my business.
    Al you will be always beremembered and missed by myself and all your friends

  63. Tony Ziolkowski wrote:

    Our deepest sympathies to Sannie and the family for your loss. I was lucky enough to count Al as friend. He was a dedicated and hard-working first-aid instructor.
    We shared cycling, nordic skiing and eating sushi. I remember riding our bikes through the McMaster campus with Al pointing out the places where Sannie and he built the foundations of a long and happy marriage.
    He will be missed.

  64. Ross Brown & Jean Judge wrote:

    We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our most sincere condolences.

  65. Michael Swangard, CSP#850 wrote:

    We will remember Al as someone who loved the CSP and kept us on our toes with new adventures and activities. He truly deserved his CSP Award for his dedication and the time he devoted to our members. We have only wonderful memories to keep, and hope Al’s family cherishes those memories to help support them in their loss. From ‘Doc’ and Kathy Swangard, Greater Vancouver Zone, B.C.

  66. Werner & Christine Syndikus wrote:

    Dear Sannie,
    We were so sorry to hear about Al’s passing. His chats and sound advice will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Werner & Christine Syndikus, Matthias and Thomas with their families.

  67. Lloyd & Zalina Teelucksingh wrote:

    We were deeply shocked to hear your taped message about All’s passing away. Our sincerest condolences to you and the entire family. We will miss him but we know that he was called by the Almighty God. Our prayers and love to you and we know your strength and determination will guide you as you continue to carry on.

  68. Eva Harding wrote:

    Dear Sannie & Family:

    Just received the bad news that Allan has died. I still can’t believe that Allan left us. He was the best adviser I ever had.
    My sincere sympathies to you.
    Eva Harding

  69. Walter & Joanne Randon wrote:

    Sannie & family… we are so saddened to hear about Al passing.. we were not here at that time but our prayers are with you and your family at this time..

  70. Colleen Coady-Rideout wrote:

    Dear Sannie and family
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Al’s passing. It seems so surreal. He was an amazing soul. I would enjoy our conversations about our love of volunteer community work. He would give me great ideas about what you both had done in the past. I also enjoyed watching Al gear up for his bike rides and riding through town. He was such an inspiration. Al was like a father figure to me. He was always so caring. I enjoyed his sheepish grin he’d give me when I would ask the same question twice during our meetings. But he was patient and would take the time to always ensure I understood. Al was truly a kind and great man. A pillar of our community, a great friend and neighbour. Al will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Sending you and you family a great big hug.

    Love Colleen

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