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ALAN WILSON KAYE
May 11, 1938 - July 12, 2023
We regret to announce the passing of Alan Wilson Kaye. He bravely faced several illnesses in the past few years, maintaining his cheerful spirit and quick wit until the very end.
Alan was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and son. His memory will be cherished by his wife, Melinda Kaye (nee Woodley), his son Douglas (Deb), his daughter Christine (Ed), his sister Barbara, and his grandchildren Sacha (Doug), Dani, and Mason (Chris).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivy and Wilson Kaye, his sister Carolyn, his daughter Heather, and other extended family members.
Alan was an outgoing and sociable person, known for his unwavering loyalty and caring nature. He dedicated himself to the care of his mother and sister, Carolyn, throughout their lives. He possessed a generous spirit and an impeccable memory, both for personal events and historical knowledge.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Alan remained a lifelong resident of the city. He spent his formative years in Riverview, where he forged a lifelong friendship with Barry Mitchell. Alan attended Riverview School and then Gordon Bell High School before pursuing his education at United College, University of Manitoba. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arts (1962) and Education (1963). During his time at university, he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity and formed a lasting bond with his close friend Bruce Cooper. Most importantly, it was at university where he met the love of his life, Melinda. They were married in 1964.
Alan dedicated over 30 years of his life to teaching at Windsor Park Collegiate from 1964 to 1996. He was actively involved in coaching girls' soccer, served as the head of the social studies department at one point, and represented the school in fundraising efforts for the United Way.
A passionate sports fan, Alan participated in various sports and activities throughout his life. He actively participated in the Britannia Soccer Club for over 20 years, contributing as a player, coach, and president. Additionally, he served as a referee for soccer matches. He also played football, and golf. Alan thoroughly enjoyed watching these sports as well as hockey, particularly as an avid Montreal Canadiens fan. Despite his limited knowledge of French, he would still watch Montreal Canadiens games, even if they were only broadcasted in French with the sound turned down. Alan was an avid collector, amassing an extensive collection of Montreal Canadiens memorabilia.
In addition to his love for sports, Alan had a knack for craftsmanship. He pursued various hobbies; including beer and winemaking and creating intricate wooden duck carvings, as well as building models of boats and planes. He approached each endeavor with meticulous attention to detail.
Alan was known for his quick wit and good sense of humor, brightening the lives of those around him. Alan also possessed an exceptional memory for past events, which he shared through engaging stories and anecdotes.
In his leisure time, Alan enjoyed delving into mystery and history books, engaging in golf and card games with former colleagues (to name a few Ralph McKay, Sam Scaletta, and John Penner), and embarking on trips. His favorite destinations included Hawaii, England and Vancouver Island. In particular he enjoyed Victoria, which reminded him of England. He took pride in a driving trip to Mexico to visit his daughter.
Though not an avid gardener, he ensured the garden was well-tended, even humanely trapping bunnies that frequented the garden and releasing them in the Assiniboine Forest. Fondly, he was jokingly referred to as "Elmer Fudd" for this practice. Alan also found pleasure in playing pool.
The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, care aides and administrative staff at Actionmarguerite St. Boniface for their care and professionalism.
Alan Wilson Kaye will be remembered as a loving family man, a dedicated educator, a passionate sports enthusiast, and a meticulous craftsman. His memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who were fortunate to have known him. Plans to memorialize and celebrate Alan are still in the works.
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