June 14, 1953 – September 24, 2013
With heavy hearts we said good-bye to Alan John Spalek on September 24, 2013. Alan was born on June 14, 1953 in Kelowna, BC, the youngest son of John and Frances Spalek.
Alan was predeceased by his parents and niece Barbara. He is survived by his loving wife Ila, daughter Jody (Bob), son Justin (Anita), sisters Kay (Ken), Alice (Vaughan) and brother Bill(Judy). Alan had five grandchildren whom he was extremely proud of (Gaelan, Ebony, Ivory, Jon and Hailey) plus numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and foster children that all remember him fondly.
Some of his passions included spending time with his family and friends, camping, fishing, riding his motorcycle and tinkering in his shop. Alan was always happy to drop what he was doing to help a friend or stranger in need.
In 1976 Alan became a licensed Heavy Duty Mechanic and later became a vehicle inspector. He worked many jobs to support his family – mechanic, logging truck driver, long haul driver, horse logger and the concrete business but he especially enjoyed working as a mechanic in underground mining. When his children were younger he helped with 4-H Beef and horse clubs, volunteered at the Rock Creek Fall Fair and Heavy Horse Pulls. When the local emergency vehicle first evolved he was there to help out.
Alan will be forever remembered most lovingly as a devoted husband, father, papa, brother, uncle and friend to all.
A celebration of Alan’s life was held September 28, 2013 in Rock Creek, BC. An extra special thank you to Midway Ambulance crew Mark and Susan, Boundary Hospital staff for all their efforts and support and all our family and friends.
To those wishing to make a donation, two of Alan’s favourite charities were BC Children’s Hospital and The Make A Wish Foundation.