(The son of Jane and Ed Court)

Obituary for ALAN COURT



ALAN JOHN CECIL COURT September 9, 1962 November 16, 2013 After living with cancer for two and a half years, Alan passed away peacefully at home on November 16, 2013 at the age of 51. 

He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Karen and his daughters, Jamie Lee (Ian) and Jessica (MacKenzie), his parents Edward and Jane Court, siblings Peter (Carmen), Jim (Gwen), Audrey (Barry), Karen's parents, Thornley and Kay Docker, her siblings, Greg (Fran), Tod, Dale, as well as nieces, Christine (Thor), Carrie, Lorraine (Ian), Alanna and Niki, nephews, Devan, Lucas, Riley, Richard and Jason, grand- nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and foster daughter Jacky (Matthew, Emily, Audrey). He was predeceased by his grandparents Cecil and Irene Clements and William and Isabel Court. Al loved his family very much and was loved equally in return. Alan was born in Winnipeg. As a child he lived in St. James and Charleswood attending St. James Assiniboine, Dieppe, Oak Park and Charleswood Collegiate. Al had many jobs following school from life guarding to maintenance personnel up on the Dew Line, this fostered his love for the Arctic. Eventually he attended Red River and received his pipe fitting certificates. Over his career with Union 254 as a Pipe Fitter he worked in places all over Manitoba and Northern Alberta. He loved Northern Manitoba and enjoyed the beauty of some of the remote places that he worked like Island Lakes. He was proud of some of the sites he worked on including the MTS Centre, the Virology Lab, the Health Sciences Centre and Vic Hospitals and the Winnipeg School Division. Al often worked out of town in places like Brandon and Fort McMurray. He liked the work but missed his family when he was away. Al had a passion and a talent for sports. He played football, would cycle for miles, swim, skateboard, cross country ski, hike, canoe and sail through his life. He excelled at hockey, playing for the Assiniboine Park Rangers, Charleswood Hawks as well as stints playing in Yorkton and Thompson. He was recognized with the McMaster Trophy as an outstanding defenseman. He met many of his lifelong friends through hockey. Following his hockey career he completed the Tin Man Triathlon. He loved the outdoors. Some of his most memorable times were hiking the Mantario Trail with his family. There were many stories that came out of those woods from Al and the family. Most memorable were the last times with his daughters. Volunteering was a lifelong practice of Al's. He volunteered for the Winnipeg Folk Festival for 30 years, the Kidsfest for 28 years, was the sports director for Earl Grey Community Centre, parent council at both Earl Grey and Grant Park where he sat as Grad Committee Chair and on a school improvement committee. He also sat on an Anti-bullying committee for WSD. He coached basketball for his daughters and their friends for many years. He coached with a gentle and positive demeanor that brought out the best in the players. A highlight of his basketball coaching career was taking the team to a tournament in Hawaii. Al touched a lot of lives. Whether it was a basketball player or one of the many families that he befriended while he lived and learned their family culture and traditions, he made a lasting impression with his good humour, positive nature and excellent story telling skills. There was nothing better than sitting around a campfire with Al, either in the Folk Festival Campground or on the Mantario Trail and hearing his stories. He loved his girls and Karen completely and unconditionally. Family and friends always knew Al was there for them. We have truly lost a good one. Al requested a celebration of a life lived well. At 4:00 p.m. on December 15 we will gather at Earl Grey Community Centre. At 5:00 p.m. there will be a brief planned piece followed by an open mic that he hoped would entail storytelling and a folk festival campground type of jam. Please bring your stories and your instruments. Thank you to Dr. R. Wong and all the staff at St. Boniface CancerCare, Dr. James Tam at St. Boniface as well as Dr. Jane at the Herbal Market, Dr. B. Martin and the Palliative Care team and the many nurses and health practitioners that helped Al along the way. If friends so desire donations may be made to the Winnipeg International Children's Festival. For online condolences or to light a memorial candle please log onto 1839 Inkster Blvd. 1006 Nairn Ave. (204) 275-5555
Publish Date: Nov 23, 2013

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