Alan Nicholas Garbolinski

 

1953 ~ 2011

 Alan passed away suddenly at his home in Fort McMurray, AB on Thursday, December 22, 2011.  Alan was born in Beausejour, MB.

He is survived by his mother Stella (nee Woligroski) and stepfather Victor Modjeski.  He will be dearly missed by his sister Judy (Denis) Robbie and brother Tom (Linda), niece Kate (Matt) Robinson, nephew Jeff, aunts Lena, Anne, Adele, and Teenie, as well as stepbrothers, stepsisters, cousins, and their families.

Al was predeceased by his father Nicholas Garbolinski.

Al successfully pursued a number of career interests.  He served in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for several years and was posted in a number of towns in Alberta.  He then purchased and ran service stations in Pochahontas  and Hinton, AB.  After running his own business, he worked in mines in Hinton, Sparwood, and Fort McMurray, where he was currently employed.

Alan was happiest when he was outdoors and getting together with family and friends.  He loved hiking and camping.  During his yearly trips to Manitoba to visit his family, he always made a special stop in Lowland and the Whiteshell, two of his favorite places.  Al was, by nature, very kind-hearted and giving and his numerous friends and family were often recipients of his generosity.   He always made the effort to stay in contact with his many friends and family across Canada and the USA.  Al was an excellent host and tour guide for all his visitors.  We will greatly miss him.

Divine Liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m. on January 5, 2012 at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Beausejour, MB. Flowers are gratefully declined.  Donations in Alan’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM on Friday, Feb 24th/2012 at the Sandman Hotel, 17635 Stony Plain Road NW, Edmonton for those that would like to attend.