William Allen Knox, Dec.16, 1917 – Jan. 19, 2007, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. Al (Bill) was 89 years old.
He was predeceased by parents Bill and Mary Knox of Abbotsford, his brothers Raymond, Alfred, George and his grandson Chess.
Survived by his wife Joan, daughters Vera and Shiela, grandchildren Christine, Charlie and Ben, great grandchildren Torcia, Drayton and Victoria, Nephews Rod, Gary, David and Dan, 3 grandnephews and 2 grandnieces, also, one aunt, Phoebe, and numerous cousins.
Al was a born in Abbotsford and grew up at 3rd Street in Huntingdon. Attended Huntingdon Elementary and Philip Sheffield High School. Al served overseas with the Canadian Army during the Second World War, where he gained the rank of Seargent.
On Sept. 23, 1944 Al married Joan Coupe of Cresswell in the Midlands of England. When the war ended, Seargent Knox and his wife Joan returned to the Abbotsford area and lived on Bosefield Road (Mayfair). Al worked for the B.C. Government, for over 30 years as a Building Service Employee. As well as driving tow truck, taxi, school bus and volunteer ambulance driver, Al was a member of the Abbotsford Fire Department for nearly 30 years, ending up as Assistant Fire Chief. In the early 1970’s, Allen and Joan moved to Sumas Mountain where they enjoyed a peaceful secluded acreage of forest overlooking Hatzic Lake. He truly loved the outdoors, with many fishing trips to the rivers, streams and the lakes of B.C.
In 1993, Al and Joan moved to Pangman, Sask. where both their daughters had farms. Al enjoyed helping with farm chores, driving tractor, trucking wheat and fencing cattle.
Al’s good nature and willingness to help others endeared him to so many; he will be missed.
There will be a Gravesite Internment Service at 2 pm March 7, 2007, at the Musslewhite Cemetery in Abbotsford. Family and Friends are invited.