The family of Jack Allen announces his passing at La Verendrye Hospital on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.
Jack was born at Mrs. Fulfords in Emo, on October 1, 1942, to the late Harold and Mildred (Millie Tibbs). Jack lived in Devlin until his marriage to Elaine Anderson on September 14, 1968.
Jack started work at a very young age: his first job was picking up nails for his uncle Len who was doing roofing, then he went to work for Fred Greensides at his store in Devlin, bringing sacks of grain from the Devlin train station to the store. After graduating from high school he worked for Forsberg and Lindberg, that is where Jack got his first taste of being a salesman. When the opportunity arose, he started working in the local paper mill. Jack started in 1962 and retired 40 years later in 2002. He held many positions while there, but when he was allowed the opportunity to take a bulletin with the maintenance department as a rigger, Jack had found his calling. He loved to climb and never had any fear of heights.
Jack loved attending stock car races and cheering on his team – the Detroit Red Wings. Jack was very proud of his sons and supported them in all their endeavours, always attending their hockey games (a very silent hockey dad).
In 1972, Jack decided he should go into sales again. So along with working at the mill he became the Electrolux sales and service man, travelling the countryside, enjoying viewing the farms and visiting with many of the residents; getting a sale was a bonus.
Jack is survived by wife Elaine; sons Jeffery (Laurel Daley), Clarke (Jennifer Baker); and grandsons Kenny, Randy, and Ciaran.
Jack is also survived by brothers Wayne (Brenda Hawley) and Murnie (Pam Bujold); nephews Jason Allen (Melanie) and Logan Allen (Miranda); Steven Frost (Tammy) and niece Sarah Frost-Green (Joe); sister In-law Kathie Frost (John); great-grand-nephews Cohan and Coby and grand-niece Harper.
Jack was predeceased by parents Harold and Millie; in-laws Carl and Ruth Anderson; and brother in-law David Anderson
Funeral service will be held at Fort Frances Knox United Church on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.
Luncheon to follow service at the McMillan Hall (lower level).
Interment to be in Riverview Cemetery following reception.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Kenora/Rainy River Alzheimer’s Society, Knox United Church, Rainycrest Auxiliary or charity of choice, c/o Northridge Funeral Home Ltd., Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.