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John Allanson  ( 1917 - 2008 )

parents Joseph & Jessie Louisa TERRY
born in Elham 1917
christened in
died in Halifax Nova Scotia CANADA 2008
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Biography
 1947 15 Dec: Ship Name:Aquitania Port of Departure: Southampton, England Destination Port:Halifax, Canada UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-196
 1954 23 Jul: Ship Name:Atlantic Port of Departure:Quebec, Canada Port of Arrival:Southampton, England UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
 1954 17 Sep: Ship Name:Atlantic Port of Departure:Southampton, England Destination Port:Quebec, Canada UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960
 2008 Raised in the Garden of England, John credited his early life for his abiding interest in plants. He tended one garden or another from the age of 7 and was tilling fields at 10. Family lore has it that he climbed a church wall to filch a young laburnum seedling to take home. His Mum planted it in the front yard, where it flourished until last year. The eldest of seven siblings, John worked for the village butcher at 14, then later at the post office. At 18 he joined the Royal Air Force, and by 1937 was posted in the Middle East. In 1941, John volunteered for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. This took him to Swift Current, Sask., and Fort Macleod, Alta., where he helped set up pilot training schools. In August, 1942, he transferred to Debert, N.S. At a squadron dance he met Ethel, his beloved wife. They married in 1943, and the next year John was posted home, with Ethel following. On Dec. 20, 1947, John and Ethel returned to Canada. He wholeheartedly adopted the country as his home. They raised their daughter and son here while remaining in close contact with John's family in England and Australia. In Pictou County, N.S., John worked at service stations and gained a reputation for being knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. At home he enjoyed time with family, fixing radios, doing carpentry projects and caring for his many plants. He brought attention to detail and inventiveness to all he did. In his garden it was common to see rows of retired Nova Scotia licence plates, two per tomato plant in a V shape, serving as shelters from late frost. He was active in the horticultural society, holding office, winning blue ribbons and sharing his expertise. In retirement he added camping and playing the organ to his enthusiasms. John's patience and optimism were taxed by declining mobility and confusion in his last few years. Occasionally despondent over "being a bother," he grew quieter but rarely did his thoughtfulness or diplomacy leave him. If he was disappointed at not having grandchildren he didn't complain; he welcomed those of a dear friend as his own. On his last day, despite laboured breathing and failing strength, John reached out an index finger for 16-month-old Mason to hold while Cassia, 5, looked on. After, he inquired if we were leaving, though it was early. "You'd like us to go Dad?" "I think so." We tucked the covers around his shoulders. "I'll bid you good night then," he said. We bid you good night, dear Dad. Anne L. Walsh is John's daughter and George Allanson is his son Obituary
 2012 Death of wife Ethel M
Biography

1947
15 Dec: Ship Name:Aquitania Port of Departure: Southampton, England Destination Port:Halifax, Canada

UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-196

1954
23 Jul: Ship Name:Atlantic Port of Departure:Quebec, Canada Port of Arrival:Southampton, England

UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960

1954
17 Sep: Ship Name:Atlantic Port of Departure:Southampton, England Destination Port:Quebec, Canada

UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960

2008
Raised in the Garden of England, John credited his early life for his abiding interest in plants. He tended one garden or another from the age of 7 and was tilling fields at 10. Family lore has it that he climbed a church wall to filch a young laburnum seedling to take home. His Mum planted it in the front yard, where it flourished until last year. The eldest of seven siblings, John worked for the village butcher at 14, then later at the post office. At 18 he joined the Royal Air Force, and by 1937 was posted in the Middle East. In 1941, John volunteered for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. This took him to Swift Current, Sask., and Fort Macleod, Alta., where he helped set up pilot training schools. In August, 1942, he transferred to Debert, N.S. At a squadron dance he met Ethel, his beloved wife. They married in 1943, and the next year John was posted home, with Ethel following. On Dec. 20, 1947, John and Ethel returned to Canada. He wholeheartedly adopted the country as his home. They raised their daughter and son here while remaining in close contact with John's family in England and Australia. In Pictou County, N.S., John worked at service stations and gained a reputation for being knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. At home he enjoyed time with family, fixing radios, doing carpentry projects and caring for his many plants. He brought attention to detail and inventiveness to all he did. In his garden it was common to see rows of retired Nova Scotia licence plates, two per tomato plant in a V shape, serving as shelters from late frost. He was active in the horticultural society, holding office, winning blue ribbons and sharing his expertise. In retirement he added camping and playing the organ to his enthusiasms. John's patience and optimism were taxed by declining mobility and confusion in his last few years. Occasionally despondent over "being a bother," he grew quieter but rarely did his thoughtfulness or diplomacy leave him. If he was disappointed at not having grandchildren he didn't complain; he welcomed those of a dear friend as his own. On his last day, despite laboured breathing and failing strength, John reached out an index finger for 16-month-old Mason to hold while Cassia, 5, looked on. After, he inquired if we were leaving, though it was early. "You'd like us to go Dad?" "I think so." We tucked the covers around his shoulders. "I'll bid you good night then," he said. We bid you good night, dear Dad. Anne L. Walsh is John's daughter and George Allanson is his son

Obituary

2012
Death of wife Ethel M

Marriage
(Ages +/-1)
Year   Reg. DistrictChurchNameAgeSpouseAgeCurate
1944 Nova Scotia, CANADA  John Allanson26Ethel M Oliver26 
Demography
(Elham Parish only)
YearNamePropertyAddressRelationConOccupationAgeBorn  
1925John Allanson5 Prospect TerraceThe RowSon  8Elham
Relationships
(Calculated from the demography records)
Name Relation GBornPlaceDiedPlaceOccupation
Joseph AllansonFatherM1889Preston Lancashire1969Wingham 
Jessie Louisa TerryMotherF1891Elham1967Wingham 
Jessie May AllansonSisterF1918Elham2016Chartham Hatch 
Annie Edith AllansonSisterF1920Elham   
Kathleen Mary AllansonSisterF1923Elham1988Bradford, Yorkshire