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Alan Henwood

Henwood, A. Alan "Allie" - Age 75, of Bass River and formerly of Parrsboro, passed away peacefully at home on October 28, 2017. Born in Springhill, he was predeceased by his parents Alfred and Helen (Choisnet) Henwood. He is survived and will be deeply missed by his partner, Linda Earle, Stephenville, Nfld.; daughters, Janice Henwood (Keith Mulvihill), St. Thomas, Ont.; Carol Henwood-Allen, Hamilton, Ont.; grandchildren, Cole, Janai, Erykah, Olivia, Kian; brother, Bruce Henwood (Sylvia Pettis), Parrsboro; sister, Marion Choisnet, Parrsboro; nephews, Chris Henwood (Nicole), Lawrencetown; Jeff Henwood (Tina), Toronto, Ont. Allie set out on his own at the young age of 16, and was never afraid to take on new challenges in work or in life. As a result, he accumulated many skills early in life through various careers, including a signalman with the Canadian Army, a truck driver, a welder, a certified nursing assistant, and a sales associate. He even started and sold a pavement marking company in Toronto. Allie often reflected on those early adult years and carried fond memories of times with his buddies in Halifax and Toronto. In 1974, he returned to his beloved hometown of Parrsboro with his own family. Back "home" he became known in many communities as the Hostess chip man before becoming the manager of Wrights Pharmacy in Parrsboro. Here, he followed his entrepreneurial spirit to become co-owner of the Pharmasave in Springhill while continuing to manage the Parrsboro store, and in his "retirement" he operated a small contracting business with his brother and later, a friend in Bass River. Allie was well known for his love of music and motorcycles. He could play any instrument he picked up and was especially known for his talents with the drums, guitar, piano, and of course his own singing voice. He played in several bands in his younger years, hosted and attended kitchen parties, continued to learn new songs and instruments, and always welcomed the opportunity to make music with friends throughout his life. He filled his life and those around him with music. In midlife, Allie discovered his passion for motorcycles. This became a pastime he enjoyed with his brother and close friends for the rest of his life. He treasured his numerous biking trips throughout Canada and the States, and enjoyed recalling stories from those adventures. Above all else, Allie was loved and will be remembered most for his warm personality and his ability to connect with people. He had a zest for life that was contagious and he collected friends and experiences in equal measure. If you had the pleasure of meeting him, and the opportunity to get to know each other, chances are you had forged a friendship that endured. As a family man, he carried his love and respect for his parents with him his whole life. To his brother and sister and nephews, he was a steadfast friend and loyal supporter. To his daughters and grandchildren, he was a loving father, grandfather and eternal source of strength and comfort. We invite you to celebrate Allie's life, and share your stories with his family and friends. A graveside committal service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017 in St. George’s Anglican Cemetery, Parrsboro, the Rev. Dr. Brian Spence officiating, followed immediately by a ‘Celebration of Allie’s Life’ gathering (location to be announced). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Smith’s Funeral Home, Parrsboro. Online condolences at www.smithsfuneralhome.com .

 

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