With immense sadness we share the passing of Manley Foster Allison on September 7, 2020 in Campbell River, at 82 years of age.  Manley was most often found puttering in his shop, on his boat or at his cabin on Nootka Island.  The time spent and memories created at these places formed cherished childhood memories for his children Ross (Kathy), Kristine (Scott) and Cathy (Graeme) who will remember him, and their time spent together with much love, fondness and gratitude.  Many years later he would happily share these experiences in a very different way with his grandchildren; Michael, Madison, Matthew, Nathan, Callum and Sylvie who will miss their Papa dearly.

One of the first employees of the Gold River Pulp Mill, he and his wife Flora arrived in the brand new community via gravel road in 1966 where they remained for 52 years.  In 1975 he and two partners took a chance and started their own business, Gold River Maintenance & Supply, a business that grew and continues to thrive.  The family he and Flora shared and the long-time friendships made within the community of Gold River formed the very fabric of his life. Manley had a strong sense of service and served the community with pride in many ways including over 30 years with the fire department (including serving as Fire Chief), Justice of the Peace as well as being the community go-to guy for all you may need.  Solution for your obscure seemingly impossible task?  He would have one.

Just as he approached his work problems, he challenged his numerous health issues with determination and resolve.  There was no problem that could not be met head on, with plenty of reinforcement.  Often, he would be suffering silently, with stoicism and determination but refused to give up, constantly surprising everyone around him – medical professionals included.

As he reminded us many times, this was 30 years longer than he ever expected to live and he was very quick to owe his life to his long-time friend Dr. Bryan Garson, without his care and attention so many years ago, we would not have had this bonus time to enjoy with him.

His kindness was appreciated, and we will truly miss this gentle man.  Manley had immense pride in the business he built, the work he did but most of all the family that he loved, laughed with (and worried about!).  He only ever wished happiness, contentment and love for all of us, three attributes that will form our memories of him forever.

We know that Dad is now comfortable in his Stanfields, enjoying the view from his west coast cabin in the sky – while contemplating how to Manley-ize the heck out of it.  Our family would like to thank Dr. Jon Walker and the many health care professionals who cared for Manley over this past year. There will be no service at his request and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Campbell River Hospital Foundation in Manley’s memory.

30 comments

  1. Ruth Bomback - Reply

    Dear Flora, and family, Harry and I just heard the news of Manley’s passing, our deepest Sympathy and love to all of you. He will be sadly missed. Harry and Ruth

  2. Wendi Ferrero - Reply

    Our heartfelt condolences to the Allison family and close friends. He was a terrific guy!
    Dave and Wendi Ferrero

  3. Val Trevis - Reply

    Our very best to the Allison family at this difficult time. I have very fond memories of Mr. Allison and his commitment to his community. Our love to Flora, Ross, Kris, Cathy and families.
    Love Val Trevis and Mark Stevens

  4. Derry Mann - Reply

    Very sorry to hear of a great fellow passing away. Manley was an inspiration to me when I worked at the station after finishing school. He was always a guy who listened and helped out. I even played hockey with him in 84, I think. Condolences to his family and friends.

  5. Marg Fujimoto - Reply

    Condolences to the family. Manley was always a gentleman. Fuji always talks fondly of him.

  6. Diane Norman - Reply

    Our deepest sympathy at Manley’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him dearly
    Diane and Steve Norman and Family

  7. Marilyn and Denis Oerry - Reply

    Our condolences to Flora and family, we know Manly will be missed by many.

  8. Graham Stewart - Reply

    My condolences to the Allison family. He was a fine man and always had great knowledge. Over time I learned a lot from him. He will be missed.
    Graham

  9. Leona Doig (Stewart) - Reply

    Very sad news and my heartfelt condolences to Flora and all the family. Manly was a wonderful man, may the family find peace in all the good memories they share.
    Leona

  10. Carole & Earl Davidson - Reply

    Very fond memories of Manley and Gold River. Condolences to the Allison family…it’s definitely the end of an era, he’ll be missed.
    Carole & Earl

  11. Wayne Munro - Reply

    So Sorry to hear of Manley’s passing. It was a great privilege to have worked with him. He was a great man and will certainly be missed by family, friends and community. My condolences to Manley’s family at this difficult time. RIP friend.

  12. Analisa Simpson - Reply

    My thoughts are with you all. I remember Mr. Allison always being so friendly and funny. I have fond memories of hanging out at the Allison house.

    Analisa

  13. Karen Bell - Reply

    Our deepest condolences to the Allison family. So very sad for us all. Manly will be fondly remembered.

    Murray and Karen Bell

  14. Mandy Tasker - Reply

    So sorry to hear of your loss Flora and family, we had some great visits with Manly at Friendly Cove and at his cabin, when we were lightkeepers at Nootka, he truly was a gentleman and will be greatly missed.
    Geoff and Mandy Tasker

  15. Sharlene Ruby Coulter - Reply

    Dear Flora & family:
    Your loss is shared by many of us who care
    and sympathize more than words can say..
    Sincerely
    Sharlene Coulter & Jim Weeks

  16. Karen Ringdahl - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear. He was a great person and is remembered fondly. Thinking of you all.

  17. Wayne Cheveldave - Reply

    So sorry to here of Manley’s passing he was a great guy and I truly enjoyed working for him at the gas station and GRMS .He was the go to guy for knowlage and I learned alot from him and he will be truly missed. Rest In Peace Manley !

  18. Diane & Andy Cruickshank - Reply

    We were so sad to hear of Manley’s passing. He was a wonderful guy and will be truly missed by all who knew him. Our sincere condolences to Flora and family.💞

  19. Vic and Edda Brett - Reply

    Dear Flora, and Ross, Kristine, Cathy and families,
    We just heard the sad news of Manley’s passing. Our very deepest condolences go out to you and all of your families during this time of your great loss.

  20. Angela Frame - Reply

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time. Gold River has lost a pillar of the community, rest in peace Manley you will be sadly missed. Glenn and Angie Frame.

  21. Dick Bruggencate - Reply

    Dear Flora and family,
    Please accept our sincerest condolences in the passing of Manley. Manley was always willing to share his knowledge and expertise. We felt privileged to be a friend.
    Rest in peace dear friend, Elaine and Dick

  22. David Lightle - Reply

    I am saddened by the news. To the family, he was such a gentleman in every sense of the word, he will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to the family, bless you all.
    David

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