Kenneth JOHNSTONE

JOHNSTONE Kenneth "Alvin" Johnstone 1930-2007 It is with great sadness that the family of Alvin Johnstone announces his passing on June 3, 2007 at the Red Deer Hospice. Alvin will be forever loved and sadly missed by Joan, his wife of 49 years, his children Jeff (Loreen) and Nancy, his grandchildren Kerri (Brian), Micah and Michael, and his sister, Mary Ellen (Larry) Olnick. Alvin was predeceased by his parents Ellis & Emma Johnstone, stepmothers, Helen and Olive and by his brother, Bob. Alvin was born on April 24, 1930 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He moved to Calgary with his family in 1935 and then to Red Deer in 1938. A graduate of Red Deer Composite High School in 1948, he continued studies at the University of Alberta and received a Bachelor of Commerce in 1952. Alvin started his distinguished business career with the Royal Bank in the same year. In 1958, he joined Deloitte Plender Haskins and Sells accounting firm and obtained his CA designation. Alvin followed in his father's footsteps when he joined Central Alberta Dairy Pool (Alpha Milk Company) in 1962 and ultimately became the Chief Executive Officer. He was a key figure in the merger that created Agrifoods International in 1992, following which he served as its Executive Vice President until 1995. For the next 3 years, he served as a Commissioner of the Canadian Dairy Commission until Joan finally coaxed him into the joys of full retirement. Alvin has always been a dedicated and involved member of his community, and as such he has received the following recognitions: induction into the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Hall of Fame, the Canadian Association of Exhibitions Distinguished Service Award, the Co-operative Council of Alberta Co-operative Merit Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal, and life memberships from the Alberta and National Dairy Assoc., the Westerner Exposition Assoc. and the Kinsmen Club of Red Deer. Most recently, Alvin was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. Alvin was loved by all who met him, and especially by his extended family who relied on his gentle leadership. Their home was open to family and friends, who appreciated the many opportunities to gather and celebrate. Alvin was always behind the camera, capturing these memories forever. He was well known as a resident expert and go-to man for electronic troubleshooting. He could also be found golfing in Red Deer and in Mesa, AZ, where he and Joan wintered along with many great friends. They enjoyed adventures abroad, lending to Alvin's formidable ability at Trivial Pursuit. A celebration of Alvin's life will be held at Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 Ross St, Red Deer on Thursday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, a remembrance gift may be made to Red Deer Hospice Society.


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