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KING, Allan James

April 29, 1955 — August 26, 2014

Survived by his wife and best friend of 36 years, Arluene, and their two loving daughters, Casey and Kyla King, the jewels in his crown.  Predeceased by his mother Flora Rose King of Edmonton, Alberta.  Allan will be fondly remembered as the “Compost King” a title he earned and cherished as a champion of environmental sustainability programs during his 32 year career in Facilities Management at Okanagan College, Okanagan University College and UBC Okanagan.  Following a courageous battle with cancer, Al left us peacefully, deeply loved and sadly missed.  A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Springfield Funeral Home at 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, B.C., with Reverend Wayne Laurie officiating.  Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

This service will be on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm PST

Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for KING, Allan James is scheduled for Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Securiguard Security Services says:

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of Allan.It was an honor to have known such a great person and we will truly miss him.May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.

    Robert Baker, Securiguard site supervisor at UBCO.

  • Donna Russo says:


    So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Thinking of you, Casey and Kyla during this most difficult time. Our thoughts are with you here at UBCO.

    Donna Russo

  • James Atzesberger says:

    Mr. King, over the years you were a friend, roommate, hunting teacher/partner, and great crib,snooker, backgammon player. I am going to miss our informal, interesting, sometimes intense discussions. Our numerous chats over the years ranged from Eskimo football games, (of which we two watched many games together) to politics, to music, (you turned me on to some great tunes) to UFO’s and anything making the news that week. I am just so glad we saw a lot of each other these past few months. Life and death are part of a universal journey, we as family members, friends, people and humanity must endeavor to endure. See you my friend. -Jim Atzesberger

    • Keith Sandulak says:

      Dear Al, We are all ‘Stardust’ it is said but you definitely were more Star than Dust, I loved you Al, your kindness, your cool, and your strength of character. If mankind could measure up to half the man you were we would be twice the men we are… The Heavens have gained a special man whose light now shines so brightly it will forever guide our souls home… Go in Peace dear friend with great love and respect, Keith

  • Eleanor James (formerly Murray) says:

    Dear Arluene and girls….I am so saddened to learn of Al’s passing. I hope you can find comfort in your memories and knowing the thoughts and prayers of other are with you. Fond memories…Eleanor

  • Fiona Bassie says:

    Arluene,Casey and Kyla,
    I am deeply saddened by your loss of such a wonderful soul.Allan was a very important part of my childhood years. My dad, my family and most of all Franklin loved him and spent many hours with him only to plan to spend more time with the young man who was like a brother to me. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

    Fiona Bassie

  • Victor Temprano says:

    Although we did not see each other much over the last few years , it was an honour to have been your friend.
    I always will appreciate your kindness to my family, your sensitivity and the backyard times we shared.

    You will always have a special place in my heart . It was nice to see you a few weeks ago . Some things are just meant to be.


  • Meighan & Aaron Zieske says:

    Arluene,Casey and Kyla,

    We are so sorry to hear about Allan. You are in our thoughts through this difficult time.


    Aaron & Meighan Zieske

  • Randy & Shirley says:

    Arluene, Casey and Kyla
    We’re very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Our thoughts are with each and everyone of you during this difficult and trying time.

  • Rhonda Victoor says:


    I can still see your smile and hear your gentle, calm voice each time you stepped into our office at Okanagan College. As a new manager I was overwhelmed navigating all the ins and outs of the campus. When you and your team would arrive to set up for an event, I could feel your calm energy and it would reassure me. Thank you for that.

    Years later, when I returned to campus to lead a workshop, it was a joy to connect again. I am grateful to have known you Al, and to forever know the impact you had. Today I send love and light to you Al, and to you Arluene my friend.

    Rhonda Victoor

  • Darlene Green says:

    Arlie and girls! Cal and I are shocked beyond belief of Al’s passing and send our love and condolences. Al and the family hold a special place in our hearts and our memories run deep with the many, many times we shared together as close neighbours and friends. Hugs and prayers to one and all at this time!

  • Diane Hunter says:

    Arluene, Casey and Kyla. I am so sorry to hear of Allan’s passing, but knowing that he was so loved, happy and respected in his life eases the sorrow. I think I am his oldest cousin and remember him in his youth with great fondness.

    Diane Hunter (nee Scown)

  • Ken Andrusiak says:

    Al: I only knew you for the past 4 years but I learned so much from your calm reassuring nature that I have tried to transfer your strengths to my own life. That, I believe is the sign of a great man. UBCO misses you deeply as do I. On Monday when I heard the news of your passing I got in my truck and drove to the highest elevation on campus, to silently remember our time together. I’m sure you were there with me. Goodbye my friend

  • Fern Schmidt says:

    Dear Arluene & girls:
    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband and father, Al.
    We were saddened to hear the news of his passing.
    We have many pleasant memories of Al and my brother Franklin as youngsters visiting us – the newly weds. We enjoyed visiting with you and Al shortly after you moved to Kelowna.
    May happy memories warm your hearts.
    Memories Eternal
    Fern and Alfred Schmidt

  • Randy and Michele King says:

    My Brothers Gone
    We were brothers for most of our years but
    Time and life interfered I
    Was stubborn and he was too and
    We butted heads like brothers do but Honest to God he never left my mind I
    Thought of him all the time but
    I could never set aside my
    Foolish foolish foolish pride and
    Now I’ll never get the chance to
    Make it good and mend the fence
    My brother’s gone
    I loved you Al my brother dear and
    Your family too although I fear that
    None of you ever knew just how much I thought of you now
    My final prayer is that you’ll see how
    Very much you meant to me
    My brother’s gone.

  • Keith Sandulak says:

    Dear Al, We are all ‘Stardust’ it is said but you definitely were more Star than Dust, I loved you Al, your kindness, your cool, and your strength of character. If mankind could measure up to half the man you were we would be twice the men we are… The Heavens have gained a special man whose light now shines so brightly it will forever guide our souls home… Go in Peace dear friend with great love and respect, Keith

  • Jenn & Denn Golinski says:

    Dear Arluene, Casey and Kyla,

    We both enjoyed having the opportunity to work with Al over the last few years.

    I always enjoyed my time with him, showing him new apps on his iPhone. He’d always ask “Dennis, what’s the app of the week?” We know his legacy will live on at UBCO. So many programs he put in place are used and appreciated every day.

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  • Robert and Susan Belton says:

    We were very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He will definitely be remembered, for his many personal touches on the campus of UBCO Okanagan are visible for all to share. He will be sorely missed.

    Robert and Susan Belton

  • Donna & John Harling says:

    Dear Arluene & girls,
    We were so very sorry to learn of Al’s passing. Such a huge shock for you. Please know you have our deepest sympathy!

  • Warren McKay says:

    There are stories that I still tell of the year I spent working with Al in 1977. His sense of humor and easy laughter were always central in those stories. When I did a “thank you” tour at 45 to visit those who had impacted my life , Al and Arluene were at the top of the list. They welcomed me as an old friend, their hospitality warm and gracious. I was was working with Al when he and Arluene first met. Even in that somewhat rough and tumble environment it was obvious that they were going to be together. My thoughts and condolences go out to you, Arluene, and to your daughters, Casey and Kyla. Al’s thoughtfulness, generosity of spirit and integrity are those gifts he has left me and are treasured. A nip of scotch was a favorite of ours in those working days as the water was less than palatable, so I’ll sit down and slowly let the warm rush of scotch remind me of this gentleman.

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