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Terry James Patrick Allen

Terry James Patrick Allen

August 4, 1951 - April 30, 2017

It is with sadness and the most broken of hearts that we announce Terry’s passing at The Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, B.C. He ended his heroic four-year battle with cancer surrounded by family. His wife of 43 years, Bernadette (MacDonald), Victoria, B.C., and son Patrick (Lori MacDonald), Sooke, B.C., will dearly miss his larger-than-life presence. Grampie ‘the Treat Machine’ will be ever-remembered by his three grandsons, twins Morgan and Gabriel (8), and Luke (4), who were his greatest joy. Terry is also survived by his mother Delma and sister Shelah, both of his beloved hometown, Lunenburg, NS, and brothers Shawn (Denise), Bridgewater, NS, and Stephen, Red Deer, A.B. He was preceded by his father Jim (1975) and brother Andy (2003).

Terry attended Lunenburg Academy and Lunenburg High School. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1975 with a BSc degree in Physical Education. His intended career as a school teacher soon gave way to his passion for broadcasting, when he joined CIGO Radio (Port Hawkesbury, N.S.) as News and Sports Director. During his time on air he broadcasted local and university hockey from as far away as Sweden and the United States. He also did live broadcasts of St. F.X. football and local senior baseball. Many years later, his passion for being on the air saw him hosting "Point of View", an open-line current affairs television show for Eastlink Television, P.E.I. A keen interest in and natural head for public relations coaxed him out of broadcasting to a Public Affairs position with Atomic Energy of Canada (Point Tupper, N.S.).

In 1986, he and the family moved from Antigonish, N.S. to Charlottetown, P.E.I. where his talents were well applied in marketing management positions with Rodd Inns and Holland College. As a party in the development of the Capital Commission of Prince Edward Island, Terry helped to establish a legacy of major events including the Festival of the Fathers and The Festival of Lights. In 2000 he joined his wife in the family company, The Competency Group, where through his gift for connecting with people, he brought a Maritime flair to clients across North America. While he ‘retired’ in 2013, a part-time gig as a guide with Duncan’s Island Tours, offered a new audience for his many colourful stories.

Volunteering was a way of life for Terry and few people will ever know the extent of his support. He was involved with sport and athletics all his life as a player, coach, official, and administrator. He was named a Sport PEI Administrator of the Year Award, was a President of the PEI Soccer Association, served as a member of the Canadian Soccer Association Competitions Committee, and was Canada Games Soccer Coach for PEI (1993). As General Manager, Terry guided the PEI Privateers Football Club into a new era. He also served as Commissioner of the Maritime Football League. He touched the lives of many young athletes. He also contributed his diverse skills by serving on the Board of Downtown Charlottetown Inc, and chairing the PEI Association for Newcomers and The Guild, Charlottetown.

For the past 20 years, he has been an avid and passionate sailor, with he and First Mate Bernadette fully enjoying both the social and competitive sides of the Charlottetown Yacht Club, where he served as Commodore (2004). Many a new sailor got their sea legs on Terry’s deck.

Last year Terry and Bernadette followed the kids West and, despite his health challenges, found a most agreeable lifestyle in Victoria.

A small reception for Vancouver Island friends will be held on Saturday, May 6. If you would like to attend, please email us at the address below. Celebrations of Terry’s life will be held in Charlottetown and Lunenburg during the summer of 2017. Details will be published at a later date. Please make donations in Terry’s memory to Kidsport via Sport PEI or a charity of your choice. Condolences to the family may be sent to patjrallen@gmail.com. And boys, Grampie says, “Slaps, knuckles, shake.”


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