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Alan R. Milner, who was born on January 6, 1928, in Sarnia, Ontario, passed away peacefully in London, Ontario on August 18, 2023, at the age of 96. Surrounded by his family, Alan spent his final days with his loving wife Mitzie. Left behind are his children Carol Ginn (Harold), John Milner, and Elaine Kirk (Richard), granddaughter Emily, Carol Fargher (Jay) and their children Christie (Heinrich Hattingh) and Brendan Fargher. Janet Hingley and her daughter Crystal, Dean and Mary Hingley, Samantha Alexander (Christopher), and Caitlin Hingley. Preceding Alan in death were his parents Cecil and Mae Milner, brothers Everett, William John, and Robert, first wife Mary Jean Milner (nee Armstrong), second wife Diana Milner (nee Lovegrove), and stepdaughter Wendy Payne (Martin).

Throughout his life, Alan cherished his family and provided unwavering support to his children. He was known for his friendly demeanor and warm welcome to everyone in the community. Alan grew up in Sarnia, Ontario and began his career as a draughtsman before working as a cost estimator at Imperial Oil. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s United Church and actively participated in various Masonic organizations, including Liberty Lodge 419, where he held the position of Past Grand Director of Ceremonies for the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. Alan had a passion for Big Band music, indulged in his love for chocolate, and found solace under the Bluewater Bridge, watching passing ships. In his younger years, he played the drums in the Jack Kennedy Orchestra at Kenwick-on-the-Lake and continued to share his talent in a small swing band after retirement, bringing joy to many. Furthermore, Alan was a dedicated sports enthusiast, particularly enjoying golf and supporting the Detroit Tigers. He also coached little league baseball and hockey while raising his family.

A Masonic Memorial Service will be held by Liberty Lodge 419 at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, followed by a visitation and funeral service at 12:00 p.m.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the exceptional caregivers at Peoplecare Oak Crossing, who provided Alan with exceptional care and companionship during the past three years. They also express gratitude to the compassionate medical teams at London University Hospital Emergency and Floor 6A for their comforting care during Alan’s final days.

In memory of Alan, charitable contributions may be made to The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation or a charity of choice (cheques only at the funeral home, please).

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