Alan Burroughsford

Obituary of Alan Thomas Burroughsford

With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Alan Thomas Burroughsford, age 86, on May 4th, 2020 at the Halifax Infirmary – Geriatric Assessment Progressive Care Unit. Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1934, to the late George and Beatrice Burroughsford. Alan worked for Philips Electronics, Sangamo Electric and Toronto Transportation before joining Royal Canadian Navy in August 1953. He served as a Naval Storesmen (Supply Tech) and attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class (MWO). Alan left the military in October 1980 and began his second career with the Public Service (DND), retired in July 1995. In the early ‘70s he coached in the Sackville Minor League Baseball and was President of the Sackville Minor Hockey League. He was also a member of Avon Valley Golf and Country Club from 1979- 2019.He served on the Green’s Committee. He enjoyed the many golf tournaments and won the 1981 NSGA Handicap Championship. Alan enjoyed working with numbers and was the statistician for the Senior Men’s Central Bowling League (Senior Men’s Travelling League) and the Senior Men’s Master’s Bowling League. He was also a member of the Sackville Sports Stadium for several years and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Calais Branch # 162. Alan firmly believed in education and completed his grade 12 studying on his own, completed several French courses and completed a 2 yr Business Management Administration course at St. Mary’s University. Survived by his wife Alice (Vaughan) of 46 years. His children, Linda (Peter Patterson) and their son Casey, Fort Erie, ON, Joanne and her son William, William’s Lake, Karen, William’s Lake, BC and her son Jasper, Victoria, BC, Michael (Wanda Harnish) and their son Connor, Lr. Sackville, Sharon, Bedford and her son Kyle, Beaver Bank, Stephen, Halifax, Cheryl (Corey Howe) Victoria, BC and their sons Nicholas, Lr.Sackville and David Victoria, BC and Christine (Jase MacPhee) Dartmouth, and her sons, Austin, Lr. Sackville, Bailey, Dartmouth and Colin, Beaver Bank. His sister Verna Gibson, Toronto, ON, Sister-in-law,Anne (Jim) Hanlon, Tantallon, Brothers-in-law, David Vaughan, Vancouver, BC, Alan (Margie) Vaughan, Dartmouth, Stephen (Marie) Vaughan, Lr. Sackville and Brian Vaughan (Leila) London, ON. 12 Greatgrandchildren and 1 Great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Alan was preceded by his parents George and Beatrice Burroughsford, his mother and father-in-law Muriel and Owen Vaughan, his brother and sister-in-law Bruce and Barb Burroughsford, Brothers-in-law Raymond Vaughan and John Gibson. Alan was a kind, loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. His most treasured times were those spent with is family and friends. He always looked forward to family barbecues, family dinners (he always wore his party hat for Christmas dinner) and any reason to have a party or get together. He made sure everyone had lots to eat and a drink of whatever in their hand. No one was going hungry on his watch. He had to favorite saying: “I’m not a perfectionist, I’m Lazy, I don’t like doing the same job twice” and “No hats, no elbows and no phones at the dinner table”. No funeral by request. We did receive permission to have a party at a later date. Donations may be made to the QEII Foundation in recognition of the tender and compassionate care Alan received while at the Geriatric Assessment Progressive Care Unit. Or charity of choice.
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