John Hereward Allix (Herry)
1922 – 2009
It is with sadness that the family of John Hereward Allix announces his passing on July 10th 2009.
He is survived by his wife Louise, daughter Jane Speer (Roger), son Tim, granddaughter Jennifer Losell (Lee), grandson Tristan Speer, and great-granddaughter Emily Losell.
Born in Cleadon, Northumberland, England in 1922, Hereward, more often known as Herry or John, was a man of extraordinary scope. Expecting to go to university as a young man, his hopes of furthering his education were cut short by WW2. Starting as a pilot in the RAF, and later flying in the Royal Navy, he discovered a passion for flying that lasted his lifetime. After the war, he found work in the shipping industry in post-war India. On a trip home to England, he met his wife-to-be Louise. They married in 1954, began their life together in India, emigrated to Canada in 1957, and bought the Dairy Queen franchise in Parksville in 1960, operating it for the next 20 years. Upon retiring in 1980, Herry and Louise did extensive traveling, took up sailing and spent their summers aboard their boat Windrush. They have been members of various Drama Groups including Echo Players, also Spindrift Writers in Parksville, and are lifetime members of Schooner Cove Yacht Club and Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, and later enjoyed the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club.
He was a published author of poetry and fiction, and a longtime local newspaper columnist.
Herry loved his family, the ocean and he loved Vancouver Island. He lived near the beach and swam every day in the summer until his 86th year, when his health started to fail.
We will all miss him.
A private gathering for friends and family to share memories and stories will take place soon.
Flowers gratefully declined – donations in his memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.