KUPKEE, Allen Doig
Sgt. R.C.M.P. – Retired
Allen (Al) Kupkee, age 95, passed away on Sunday, April 24th, at Eagle Park Health Care Facility in Qualicum Beach
Allen had been confined to a wheelchair for the past two and one half years, after suffering a broken hip in a fall. Allen was born on February 2, 1910, and was raised with his sister and two brothers in the rural area near Fredericton, New Brunswick.
In 1931, Allen Kupkee joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and served in the Force for 26 years, retiring in the spring of 1957, after serving as the N.C.O.-In-Charge of his last posting in North Burnaby. Allen was stationed in eighteen posts during his years in the R.C.M.P.,
serving in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, along with a two year stint on Devon Island in the Arctic in the early 1930s. He was also a member of the legendary R.C.M.P. Musical Ride in 1936, and performed in Madison Square Garden, among other
venues. In 1939, Allen Kupkee was stationed in Moose Factory on the shores of Hudson Bay. It was there that he met and courted Gertrude Aho, of Timmins, Ontario. Gertrude was a teacher at the local schoolhouse. The two were united in marriage on January 18, of 1940, and
last January celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple had one child, Joseph who currently lives with his wife Barbara in
Allen Kupkee also served as Chief of Police for the City of Port Moody from 1960 to 1967, and Chief By-Law Officer for the City of Prince George from 1968 to 1973. A grand total of 38 years in law enforcement and public safety service.
Allen and Gertrude Kupkee moved to Parksville in the Fall of 1987, after previous retirement residences in Salmon Arm and Comox.
Allen Kupkee is survived by his beloved wife Gertrude and his son Joe. Also, by his granddaughters Tanya Harrington of Salmon Arm, and Tracy Lamerton of Port Moody, as well as his great granddaughter Ava (daughter of Tracy) who brought such joy into the last year of
Allen’s life. Allen also leaves behind a number of relatives in New Brunswick.
A service will be held on Saturday, April 30th at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 407 Wembley Road in Parksville, BC
No flowers are necessary. Friends and acquaintenances are invited to join the Kupkee family for a 2:00 p.m. service. The Kupkee family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of the Qualicum Beach Health Facility for taking such good care of Allen during the final months of his life (especially Allen’s pal – Carl).