Dr. Alan Keith Hancock
— beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away in peace at the age of 87 surrounded by family on September 10th, 2011.
Alan was born in London, England on August 12th, 1924. He grew up and went to school in the county of Kent, in southeast England. After graduating from Guys Hospital medical school in London he entered the Royal Air Force and assumed the rank of flight lieutenant. While in England he married his wife of 62 years, Brenda Mary Hancock. In 1951 they immigrated to Canada where Alan began practicing medicine in New Westminster before moving to Vancouver Island. In 1954 he and Brenda finally settled in Campbell River and began a practice with Dr. Richard Murphy. Together with Dr. Murphy and Dr. John Ross they founded the Alder Medical Centre in 1965. After a gratifying 45 years of serving the community of Campbell River, he retired at the age of 71. Alan soon realized that retirement wasn’t what it appeared to be and he continued to practice medicine in smaller communities such as Gold River and Tahsis. In 1999 he was recognized with an award from the Canadian Medical Association for his years of service in the field of medicine.
Alan loved classical music and often played his favourite pieces on the family piano. He frequently traveled to Victoria to see the latest opera or symphony. For many years he was actively involved with the Shriners and enjoyed playing bridge with fellow members. Every Sunday he attended the service at the Anglican Church, often escorting one of his grandchildren to Sunday school. Alan loved working in his garden producing everything from vegetables to fine roses. Fly-fishing with his late friend Saul Clitheroe in the upper Quinsam Lake area was also one of his passions. Alan liked to travel. Along with regular visits to Britain, he also toured Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand. In Cuba he had the pleasure of sharing company with Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
Predeceased by his son John and sister Audrey, Alan leaves his loving wife Brenda, sons Peter (Fran), David and Geoff (Kim), grandchildren Justin (Mandy), Amanda (Tony), Keith, Robyn, Megan, and his recent great grandchild Everly.
We will always remember Alan’s caring heart and gentle spirit. We love you Grandfather always and forever. The family would like to thank all of the staff of the Campbell River Hospital for their compassion and professional care.
Reverend Dr. Blair Haggart at the St. Peters Church at 228 South Dogwood St., Campbell River, BC will hold a Celebration of Life on September 20th, 2011 at 1:00 pm. Following the service, everyone is invited for a time of fellowship and luncheon.