December 10, 1930 – July 3, 2010
Allen Edwin Bellamy passed away July 3, 2010 with his family by his side at Mills Memorial Hospital.
Al was born in Bonnyville, AB on December 10, 1930, in the midst of the Great Depression to Warren and Elsie Bellamy. He was the 5th youngest of 13 children. In 1950, at the age of 19, Al joined the Canadian Navy in Prince Rupert, serving on the HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Prestonian for 5 years, 2 of which were in Korea. He was on leave when he met his future wife Betty, while travelling to Vancouver by Greyhound. Letters went back and forth for a year from around the globe and after discharge they were married on November 1, 1955.
In 1962 Al and Betty moved to Terrace, where five of his brothers lived. He opened Al’s Electronics in Terrace after completing a one year course at Devry Institute in Toronto. After this venture he used his natural aptitude for mechanics and and became a heavy duty mechanic with Operating Engineers, receiving his 45 year pin in June of this year. He worked on several projects in the Northwest as a supervisor including Eurocan, Fairview Port in Prince Rupert, Chetwynd Gas Plant, Prince Rupert & Powell River Pulp Mill, with Dillingham Corp & Foundation – Skansa.
In retirement, Al & Betty managed the Sleeping Beauty Lodge Medical Hostel, and for 12 years following he worked for DaSilva Developments.Al was a proud Legion Member for over 15 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Betty, sons Mark (Bev), Craig (Brigitte), Todd (Cam); Daughters Heather and Jody (Dwayne) Dreeshen; seven grandchildren and 2 great grand-daughters.
Words cannot express our heartfelt gratitude for the wonderful care Al has received over the years. Dr. Lakhoo and Clara, Drs. Strangway, Kenyon and Karpiak, Terraceview respite staff, home care workers, Rachel from Life Labs for her home visit once a week, I.C.U. and emergency staff.
Your love and tender care of Al is much appreciated.
Thank you to all who have taken the time to show you care, by phone calls, food, cards and flowers (etc.).
A special thank you to Dave Bartley and Steve and Delin Sawatzkey, Jan and helpers at the Alliance Church for the lovely tea. Also to the Royal Canadian Legion veterans, for paying such a moving tribute to Al.
God Bless You All
Betty and family
Interment at Terrace Municipal Cemetery with McKay’s Funeral Service