Victor Samuel Allen 1947 - 2022
Vic died on the evening of Tuesday October 25th, 2022, following an unexpected collapse at home. He passed with loved ones at his side, both present in the hospital, and over the phone. Vic’s great appreciation for music was honoured, as he passed while listening to some of his favourite Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits songs. Vic’s last waking day was spent just as he would have hoped for: walking our dog Watson, chatting with neighbours, and raking leaves in the yard. His death, though difficult for the loved ones he leaves behind, was how he would have wanted to go – sudden and with his full capacities and independence. He is survived by his wife Diana, his children Katherine and Andrew, and his sister Jean.
Vic’s “walk of life” began in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he was born and raised. His family later relocated to Ottawa, Ontario, a place Vic truly loved. He met his wife later in life while Diana was a student; together they shared a love of scientific research and curiosity of the world.
Though his immediate family was small in number, Vic excelled in collecting cherished friends. His children grew up surrounded by Aunts and Uncles and take comfort in knowing he is mourned by so many acquired loved ones who called him Uncle Vic. In particular, his best friend Mike Erdelyi whom he met in second year Physics at Algonquin College was a foundation in Vic’s life since 1968. Since their meeting, Vic and Mike spent as much time as possible together, and rarely missed their weekly Sunday phone chats.
Many of the friendships Vic cultivated over the years were from his time working as a technologist, both for the Earth Physics Branch (later Geological Survey of Canada) and following for the Physics Department at Simon Fraser University. Vic had a true sense of adventure. He would reminisce frequently about his time spent doing field work in the Canadian Arctic and on scientific ships, his road trip to Mexico with Len, his “travels with Charlie” (road trips with his friend Ron Good) and walks and cycling expeditions with Al and Fran Taylor. He went out of his way to be warm and thoughtful to others and has been described as a fixture of the neighbourhood. Vic was hard working and meticulous, and this came through in his passion and talent for fine wood working.
Vic was kind-hearted, caring, and a loving father. He truly loved his children (including dog children) and did everything he could for them. From attending countless hockey games, dance practices, library visits, school runs, and walking the dog children as many as four times a day.
Our family would like to thank the paramedics and hospital staff at Royal Columbian Hospital for their care.
As many will know, Vic absolutely loved dogs. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC SPCA via the dedicated memorial page.
Vic's Celebration of Life presentation can be downloaded from this link: Vic Allen Presentation