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John Allan Wood

August 20, 1958 - January 14, 2019


Well, the regatta is over and the race of his life lost.

As Allan rows off into his sunset, he fondly remembers his dog Beau, a bull terrier, who wanted so much to swim with him but ended up using him as a life preserver because he wasn’t designed to float. He also shares credit for starting the Brentwood tradition of cross-dressing, or what is now termed “gender-bending,” which is a legacy of Allan’s class.  If he could, he would thank the coaches and teammates in rowing who “alternatively” cheered him on in the 76 Olympics.

As a young adult, Keg-mares and parties at the Haultain Hilton and Chateau Madrona were epic. He thanks one of his oldest friends for chasing the naked Nylons out of the hot tub that night.  He would also like to thank his best buddy for helping him chase away beautiful girls by making him wear Groucho Marx glasses with his tuxedo for days at a time. He enjoyed being beaten up and acquiring a lovely cauliflower ear on the rugby fields while touring Europe on the boot money he earned, some of which was spent in a ferry boat bar drinking unknowingly with members of AC/DC.

Later in life, with a strong desire to settle down and be a father, he married, moved to Saltspring and had two children, one of whom loves exploring cougar caves and the other, while born resembling the Michelin man, has turned into an Aphrodite.  After running a bed and breakfast on the island, and then spending some years at what he remembers as one of his favourite jobs at Hastings House, he got an offer he couldn’t refuse to coach rowing to angsty teenagers at the school where he once was one. So the family moved to Mill Bay where he suffered during early morning rowing practice many a teenage girl’s tears, who were either freezing from fashion concerns or who lost her phone in the ocean. On the worst days, Allan would find solace in a bathroom with a Terry Pratchett novel.

After divorce and some intense soul searching, out one Wednesday night, sporting a T-shirt stained with sweat in the shape of a heart, he spotted the love of his life across the drop-in volleyball net. Together they married and commiserated about working with angsty teenagers and sometimes even “angstier” school staff, all while raising her two children, one of whom can now speak in many accents thanks to Allan’s incredible talent at bedtime reading, and the other of whom is the only one who could ever decipher his complex and twisted clues during games nights.

Never waning in the super man existence that he led, Allan became somewhat of a medical miracle in the last years, turning his 3-6 month diagnosis of pancreatic cancer into almost two years with the help of genome mapping, targeted drug therapy, and Thor laser treatment.   Always the athlete, in the race of life, he pulled hard right to the finish line with a time of 60.

As you always said heaven sounded boring, my love, may this find you either in the middle of a ruck or maul, or pulling on flat water with the sun at your back until I can head out to find you, and I will find you.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

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

From: Geoffrey Bannister
Relation: Friend

Condolences – I was at school with Allan at Brentwood – fond memories. He was my roommate for one year

From: Lee and Toni
Relation: One hell of a friend.

A beautiful tribute. You know how Toni and I feel. You captured his spirit and may his spirit inspire others with your eloquent tribute.


Beautiful obituary, Alana, capturing the Allan I know and the young man who was before y time. We will all miss this intelligent, caring, perceptive man.

From: Sandi Atkins

I am so sorry for your loss. I never met this gentle bear of a man but learned at little of him as I pieced together the memory quilt made of his shirts and ties. I learned of a man with a passion for rugby and rowing along with the last be for the teammates he shared these sports with. The love of his family and the sadness his passing brings is difficult but , for those he leaves behind ,I know you shared in the life of a wonderful man and for that you must be grateful

From: Gerald Van Yerxa
Relation: I went to school with Allan

Very sorry to hear about his passing. I was a classmate of Allan’s in all the years he attended Brentwood & then graduating in 1976. I remember him as an amazing rugby and rowing athlete and very loyal to his friends. My prayers to his entire family and close friends.

From: Ian/Linda Milne
Relation: Brentwood College, rowing community.

The Ian Milne Family is very saddened to hear of Alan’s passing. What a fight he put up; we’re sure the medical community learned some new things from Alan’s struggle. Heart felt condolences to Alan’s family.

From: Cora Pavlis
Relation: Worked with his wife

To Alannah and family I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I wish you strength and lovely memories.

From: Nick DiCarlo
Relation: My son is friends with Nolan

I am so sorry to hear of Allen’s passing and offer my deepest condolences to his family. He was always such a great guy to chat with and although I did not know him well I thought very highly of him.
Nick DiCarlo

From: Bonnie and Dewi Griffiths

Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We are so saddened by the loss of our bigger than life friend. He will always be in our hearts.

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  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
February 16, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Brentwood College - Crooks Hall
2735 Mt. Baker Road
Mill Bay, BC Canada V0R2P1

2735 Mt. Baker Road
Mill Bay, BC Canada V0R2P1

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