Sidney Albert (Al) Appleyard
March 29, 1926 – October 20, 2012
It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather at the age of 86 years. Al is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen, four daughters; Lynn (Ken) Ganden, Donna (Bob) Clarke, Doreen (Brian) Fry, Cindy Valhalla; 11 grandchildren (Kendra, Corine, Brian, Kevin, Jason, Colin, Michelle, Kristen, Carolyn, Lauren, & Brooke) and 11 great-grandchildren (Cassidy, Paige, Liam, Caleb, Emily, Tonya, Danyelle, Noah, Joshua, Jordyn & Kendall). Al was always proud to say he was born and raised in Walsh, Alberta. He joined the Canadian Army at 17 years of age and was posted in Lethbridge , Alberta where he met Helen. They were married in 1947 and settled in Medicine Hat, Alberta where he started his 40 year career with CPRail. He worked himself up from coach cleaner and retired from the position of General Car Forman, Alyth Car Department, Calgary, Alberta. Al and Helen enjoyed a very active retirement travelling and spending quality time with their family. Al was always active volunteering with minor sports and service clubs. He served as a team host for 17 years with the annual PeeWee Hockey Tournament held during the Vernon Winter Carnival and was appointed the Honorary Lifetime President of the A.N.A.F Spitfire Unit #5. Al always made sure he had time to share in the activities of his children and grandchildren proudly recognizing each and every one of their accomplishments. Al enjoyed people and will always be remembered by everyone for his keen sense of humor and outgoing nature. A good laugh and a smile made his day. A celebration of his life will be held Thursday Oct. 25, 2012 at 2pm at the Vernon Alliance Church, 2601 43rd Avenue, Vernon, BC. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Al’s name to KidSport c/o Vernon Recreation Center 3310-37th Ave. Vernon, BC V1T 2Y5. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.myalternatives.ca.
Arrangements entrusted to
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services
Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237