Allan James McKinnon, 74, peacefully passed away on September 28, 2023, while doing what he loved most – tending to his beloved cattle on the farm in Tara. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Linda Miller, his loving wife, passed away in 1998. Allan is survived by his children Shannon Quinton and her husband Roy of Orangeville, Beckie of Tara, and Matthew and his wife Susan of Kemble. He will also be fondly remembered as a caring and devoted grandpa to Nolan and Cole. Allan’s loyal companions, Jack and Sadie, will miss him dearly. He is also survived by his siblings Lillian Rogers (Doug), Maxine Cole (Jim), Pat Lester, Cathy Thompson (Wayne), Linda Kuhl (Bob), Merilyn Noble (Murray), and Dave McKinnon (Brenda). He was a beloved brother-in-law to Louise Miller-Joyal and Debbie Pepperdine (Wayne). Allan leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Phyllis and Max McKinnon and his brother-in-law Larry Lawrence.
Allan’s lifelong passion for agriculture began during his early years on the family farm. He carried this deep appreciation for the land and farming throughout his entire life, passing it on to his children and grandchildren. Allan was a dedicated cattleman and successful beef farmer. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need. Over the course of 58 years, he owned and operated McKinnon Transport, a thriving livestock transportation business. For 25 of those years, he worked alongside his dear friend Doug. Allan had a fascination with shiny and chrome objects, finding joy in adding new pieces of gear to his fleet of trucks, farm equipment, and antique tractors, regardless of their size. One of his cherished weekly routines was visiting Keady Livestock on Tuesdays, where he would engage in lively banter with the regular community attendees during cattle auctions.
Family and friends are invited to gather and share memories at the Downs and Son Funeral Home in Hepworth on October 4. Visitation hours will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place at the Hepworth Baptist Church on October 5 at 11:00 a.m. Allan will be laid to rest at Boyd Cemetery in Shallow Lake. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to 4H Ontario or the Owen Sound Hospital Foundation. Condolences can be sent to the family through the website http://www.downsandsonfuneralhome.com.
Allan James McKinnon, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, dedicated his life to his passion for agriculture. His memory will forever live on through the legacy he leaves behind and the lives he touched with his kindness and generosity.