Allan Sheridan Huddlestan
July 2, 1950-March 26, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Allan Sheridan Huddlestan on
March 26th, 2013 in Nanaimo, B.C.
Fondly known as “Grampie”, “Big Al, the Kiddies Pal”, “Huggy Bear”, “The Worst”, “Albert”, “Stone” and “Poppa” – Al was born on July 2nd, 1950 in Victoria, BC the eldest son of
Jack and Margaret Huddlestan.
Survived by his loving wife Debbie, daughters Katrina Huddlestan, Erin (Denny) Seto, Lindsay (Cory) Stephenson, Heather Smith, Katherine Smith and his adoring grandchildren Mina and Kaiya Seto and Ethan and Quinn Stephenson.
Al also leaves behind his sister Janet (Goldie) Kirkpatrick, brother John, many nephews and nieces, a large extended family
and many close friends.
Al grew up in Oliver, then Victoria, moving with his young family to Port Hardy in 1978 to work for BC Tel. He spent the remainder of his years in Port Hardy and, in addition to his 38 years of service to BC Tel/Telus, was an entrepreneur, community servant and politician.
Al served as District of Port Hardy Councillor from 1984 – 1986 and from 2008 – 2013 and as Mayor from 1986 – 1993. Al also served as Chair of the Regional District of Mt. Waddington Board from 2008 until his passing. Al was known for his diplomacy, compassion and love of the “True” North Island. He served as an elected member of UBCM and was a candidate for the Federal Liberal Party for the North Island Riding in 1993. He was instrumental in the development of the North Coast Trail and was always an advocate and champion for his community and region.
Al fought a hard battle against cancer and passed away surrounded by all who loved him. The family would like to thank the nurses at Port Hardy hospital and Nanaimo Palliative Care for their compassion and great care of Al in his last days.
Known for his love of life, Al spread laughter and fun wherever he went. His greatest joy and proudest moments were being with his girls, his grandchildren, family and friends. He always had Nerds in one pocket for the kids and treats in the other for the neighbourhood dogs.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Al’s honour at the Civic Centre in Port Hardy on
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 2:00pm.