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Evan Allan Sadler

Date of Death: January 15, 2022


Evan Allan Sadler, a man always interested in staying fit, finished the triathlon of his life on January 15, 2022. Big Al, as many affectionately called him, finished the race ahead of his two children, Karen and Alana, and his wife of over 60 years, Lillah. The starting gun for the swim sounded in Powell River at the Patricia Theatre where he worked as a film projectionist and fell in love with the cashier. Marrying Lillah, he pushed hard through the waters toward Vancouver and swam to the finish line of a degree in electrical engineering and the start of a fulfilling career. Getting out of the water for the cycling section, he began a trek around the province, stopping at BCFP water stations in Kitimat, Prince George, Mackenzie, Kamloops and Crofton. Jumping off the bike and donning his running gear, which looked oddly like a Shriner’s clown suit some days, he headed toward the Eastern Stars and finished the first section of the marathon, a teaching career at Camosun College for electrical apprenticeships. The second section had him picking up the pace through the Ministry of Transportation and Highways as electrical engineer for the province.  Hitting the last miles and the run into retirement were tough on him. Battling cancerous hills and depressive valleys that had plagued him sporadically throughout his triathlon, he crossed the finish line with many friends and family remembering the funny, kind, and hard-working man who could charm anyone out of a cookie or a bag of jujubes.

We know the friends and colleagues whose lives you touched will feel the absence of your teasing manner, and the family you leave behind is missing you more than words can say.  May the hills and valleys on your heavenly race be gentle slopes, and know that angel cheerleaders are waiting for you around the next bend.


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H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Michell Cherneff
Relation: Friend through I.O J.D.

My thoughts are with all of Al’s family. He has a special place in my heart for being alongside me as Associate Bethel Guardian for Bethel#38 of Job’s Daughters in Duncan. I will always remember his humour and quiet guidance. May all the memories surround you with love.

From: Alf Carter

It was sad to hear of Al’s passing. He and I first met at the BCFP Mackenzie pulp operation. He was always a warm and caring person. Sincere condolences to the family.

From: Greg and Karen Lonsdale

Our sincere condolences to Lillah and family on your loss of Al , we both remember the great times we enjoyed when we were all involved in the Cowichan Valley Shrine Club.

From: Carmen deGoey
Relation: A few of us only had the opportunity to meet Al a few times in our career here at Camosun. He was a gentle and very knowledgeable man. We often find his name written in the many text books we share in the Department.

Thoughts and and heart felt condolences to the family of Al Sadler, from the Electrical Department at Camosun College.

Relation: Wife of his cousin.

Jim Hatton was Allan’s cousin and great friend in the growing up years in Powell River.
Jim was the first in the family to get a university degree and he encouraged Allan to do the same. Jim has had a stroke so I am his wife (Irene) writing. I do remember what a tease Allan was, I never knew if he was telling the truth or joking! What a gentleman he was, I never saw him in a bad humor.

From: Gina Talbot

Lillah, Karen and Alana: I am so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was always a kind and funny guy, as I remember. Sending love and hugs and wishing you well through your grief. xo

From: Cyndy Dinter
Relation: Work colleague

I was very sorry to read that Al had passed away. I worked with him at the Ministry of Transportation and Highways. He was such a knowledgeable, friendly and kind man. It was a pleasure to have known him. My sincere condolences.

From: Gary Cooper
Relation: Co-worker and friend

Sorry to hear of Al’ s passing. My condolences to your family. Al’ s unique sense of humour will be missed.

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