August 22, 1950 – April 17, 2019
With profound sadness and grief, his devoted wife, Mary Lou announces the passing of her husband, Alan after a short courageous fight with Melanoma.
Alan was born in Hamilton, Ontario, joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968. Becoming a certified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, he worked for Peninsula Air Service at Mr. Hope Airport (near Hamilton), Nordair in Montreal and hired by Air Canada in Montreal in 1974, being transferred to YVR in 1986, earning his Boeing 727, Airbus 320 and Boeing 747 licenses.
In 1995, Alan branched out creating his company, Real Magic Online followed by the AC Family Network. Taking a Dale Carnegie course that changed his life, he took early retirement in 2002 after 28 years with Air Canada, joined Nerds On Site and opened up Vancouver as its first POD Leader.
Alan was Web Master and Administrator, creating the websites for many organizations, which included Air Canada Recreation Association, Air Canada Pionairs, Canadian Aviation Historical Society, the NetLetter, RAPCAN, Quarter Century in Aviation Club, Kent Street Computer Club. He was known and loved across the system and by his clients.
Alan met his wife, Mary Lou, on a cruise on the Cunard Countess (the “Love Boat”) and learned they had the same birth date, Aug. 22. During their 37 years of marriage, they loved sharing their birthday, enjoyed their love of dogs and photography and travelling around the world together.
Alan was a humble quiet man who shunned the spotlight but was always ready to share his quick wit and great sense of humor. He was very conscientious, hard working, a genius with technology, always available and willing to share his expertise, very generous with his time and knowledge. He was a man of ethics and principles, able to see the other side of things, and Dr. Wayne Dyer was his hero. He was passionate about computers and his mission to connect people with each other in the various organizations where he worked and volunteered. He left his imprint on every organization he touched and his inspiration lives on in all who knew him. This will be his legacy.
Alan is survived by wife, Mary Lou (Kozesky) Rust. Predeceased by sister Rosalie, survived by sisters Kathleen Wiley, Muriel MacMillan, Lorraine Spisak and brother, Brian.
The deepest of gratitude to the wonderful Home Health Palliative Care Nurses who assisted his wife and to the exceptional Nurses with the gentle caring touch at the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta.
A Celebration of Alan’s Life will be held on Sun., Sept. 8, 2019 at 2 pm at the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, 1284 184th St., Surrey.
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