94-year-old Patrick Allen of Gabriola Island celebrated Father's Day by skydiving.

94-year-old Gabriola Island man celebrates Father’s Day with a skydive over Parksville Qualicum Beach

Daughter, from 100 Mile, bought him unique present to be used at Qualicum Beach



Ninety-four-year-old Patrick Allen is somewhat of a veteran when it comes to skydiving.

The Gabriola Island resident took his second leap from 15,000 feet on Sunday above Qualicum Beach, a Father’s Day present from his children. His first dive was four years ago in Arizona.

“I want to do it on my 100th birthday, too,” Allen said Monday.

Allen said this “wonderful present” from his children, Caroline Hobbs of 100 Mile House and Richard Allen was a little different than the last dive over Mesa, Arizona.

“It was more beautiful country to see than Mesa — there it was just sand,” said Allen. “On Sunday, I could even see Gabriola. It was exhilarating. It’s just an awesome feeling just to floating through the air.”

The first time he jumped, he said he was a little anxious when the door of the plane opened. Not this time. He was asked what he thought about seconds before he lept from the plane on Sunday.

“Let’s go baby, the sky is waiting for me,” said Allen. “Then we were free falling for about 35 seconds and then, luckily, the parachute opened. It was just absolutely gorgeous.”

Allen jumped in tandem with a member of the team from Skydive Vancouver Island (SVI), Dennis Harker. The SVI team seemed to get a kick out of Allen.

“He’s the oldest person we’ve taken so far and it was a nice way to cap off Father’s Day,” said SVI owner Gord Gauvin. “He’s a real character, absolutely hilarious.”

Beside Allen and Harker in the air was Allen’s grandson, Michael Hobbs of Langford. Allen said he knew his first jump in Arizona wasn’t going to be his last.

“It was on my bucket list to do it again,” he said.

 

Just Posted

Port Alice gets two RCMP officers stationed in the village

“The second Port Alice RCMP position has been filled”

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

New look and feel on the horizon for Gate House Theatre in Port McNeill

“We are hoping between now and then to do another fundraising campaign for acoustics”

North Island Bantam Eagles capture Tier Three banner with win over Powell River Kings

The Eagles next game is Jan. 19 against the Juan De Fuca Grizzlies at 4:00 p.m. in Port McNeill.

Mainroad meets with Regional District of Mount Waddington

“It was really nice to have Mainroad there to give a presentation to the RD”

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Overworked and understaffed: More than 300 vacancies in Vancouver Island nursing

Tentative deal with province includes ‘working short premium’ to encourage hiring

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

RCMP’s use of force in arrest of Island man not excessive, judge rules

Campbell River man high on cocaine led high speed chase through city’s downtown

Most Read