June 1, 1932 - November 12, 2022
We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of Allan Nielsen on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at his home, Oakview Place.
He was very much loved and will be greatly missed by his loving wife and best friend Inger of 67 years; his children, Ann (Bob), Karin (Duane), and Glenn; grandchildren, Christian, Nicole (Peter), Kurtis (Amanda), Derek, Amy, and Alena; great-grandchildren, Emily-Ann and Colton.
Dad was born on June 1, 1932 in Odder, Denmark to proud parents, Peter and Gerda Nielsen. He was the oldest of three children. Big brother to sister Ruth and brother Mogens.
Dad was a jack of all trades. In his younger years he worked on bicycle repairs and woodworking with his father.
His formal education was as a printer (Typesetter) until he was called up to the army where he always told us he was a “medic”. His all-time favourite show was M*A*S*H* which always brought a tear to his eye.
Dad’s mom was the matchmaker. Our mom worked with our Farmor and when they got to know each other, Farmor decided that Dad needed to ask Mom out on a date. It’s been 70 years now since that first date!!
Mom and Dad were married in Denmark on September 17, 1955 and then immigrated to Canada in 1957 and have made Winnipeg Manitoba their home ever since.
The only family they knew here were Vern and Ulla Steffensen. Dad and Ulla were first cousins. As time passed, they became part of the Scandinavian Club where they formed many long-lasting friendships, that to us, their children ended up being our Danish Family in Canada, our “Aunts & Uncles”.
Dad’s very first job in Canada was at “The Lance” and from there he embarked upon opening his own print shop with partner Warren Hanks. Spartan Printing was a very successful print shop that over the years won many awards.
There are three of us kids; Ann, Karin, and Glenn. 1968 is when our cottage at Twin Lakes Beaches was built and it’s almost done!! This was by far Dad’s favourite place. We have many fond family memories such as:
The homemade plywood wakeboard
Skiing behind the red tin boat
Jumping off Dad’s shoulders when we went swimming while at the same time he was washing his socks that he still had on his feet!!
His infamous BBQ’d rib roasts were delicious!!
The legacy continues to live on as his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren enjoy the “beach”, our little piece of heaven. Dad was a very skilled woodworker. He built the cottage, with the help of many friends, built some furniture, and enjoyed all aspects of woodworking.
Mom and Dad ensured we knew our family in Denmark with many trips there as children. We will forever be grateful for that. One of our fondest family road trips we took was a three-week adventure to Disneyland in Dad’s beloved wood-grain Station wagon.
Dad was a blood donor for many many years and took great pride in his contributions to that.
This summer we were able to get Mom and Dad out to the cottage for what proved to be a fantastic day. They stayed out late enough to be able to enjoy what would be Dad’s last incredible Twin Lakes Beach Sunset.
Thanks to all the staff at Oakview Place for always making Dad feel at “home”.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
A celebration of Allan's life will take place at 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 603 Wellington Crescent.
We miss and love you, Dad. May you rest in peace!!
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