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June 26, 2024

In Loving Memory (1934-2024) ~

It is with the deepest sadness that the family of Alan Clift announce his passing on June 26, 2024, in Qualicum.

Suffering the indignities of that often unbeatable foe, cancer, with bravery and tenacity, he left us with a heart that was peaceful and calm.

He showed a willingness to take bold chances in life. As a young man he played semi-professional soccer, served as a Korean War veteran, then emigrated from England with a young family to pursue a career in gas turbine engine design.

Taking a stage right, moved back to England to become a teacher and then back to Canada. Students and colleagues at WJ Mouat Sr. Secondary will remember his stories, wit and wisdom.

His dedication to theatre started in Stratford, Connecticut as King Arthur and continued for many decades as he played Fagin (Oliver), King Henry (Lion in Winter), Emile De Becque (South Pacific), Norman (On Golden Pond), Don Quixote (Man of LaMancha) and many other challenging roles. It was his quest to follow that star, no matter how far. Let us hope that he has now reached that unreachable star.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Daphne Clift, his four daughters Susan, Julie, Sandra and Wendy, his sister, 5 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. A Celebration of Life will take place in the fall in Qualicum.

A special thanks to Dr. Hunter, the nurses and care aides with Oceanside Home Care Services, and especially to Alan's daughter Wendy O'Donnell, who along with Daphne gave so much of themselves during his final journey with cancer where he strove with his last ounce of courage.

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