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Allan Tekanoff

Saskatoon Sk.
- November 03, 2017

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Allan Gerald Tekanoff
November 15, 1934 – November 3, 2017

Allan passed away peacefully at Royal University Hospital at the age of 82, being predeceased by his parents William and Mary, his sister Betty, and brother, Bill.

Allan will lovingly be remembered by his wife Lenore (nee Nichvolodoff) of 62 years and his two sons; Rory and his wife Elata from London, Ontario and Reese and his wife, Helen from Saskatoon. Allan was dearly loved by his grandchildren who live far and wide; granddaughter Erin who lives in Regina, Sask. with husband Mike DiStasi, granddaughter Lisa, who lives in Cancun, Mexico with husband David Cielak , and Allan’s grandson Tyler, who lives in Toronto, Ontario with his partner, Jacqueline Bennett.
Allan was fortunate to have five beautiful and healthy great-grandchildren, Avery and Lincoln Distasi, Chloe and Ilan Kessous-Cielak, and his newly born great grandson, Gavin Bennett- Delgaty.

Allan met his love, Lenore in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan and were married in 1955 and settled in Saskatoon, in 1960. Allan and Lenore resided on Winnipeg Avenue in Saskatoon from 1962 to present, where they raised their sons.
Allan bravely served his community on the Saskatoon Fire Department for 32 years before a ceremonious retirement in 1991. Allan had many interests and will always be remembered for his sense of humour, his constant joking, and his love of family. He had many friends in the community and could be found on many mornings having coffee at the Co-op on his days off. Following his retirement from the Fire Department, he took an avid interest in mechanics and small engine repair, which he taught himself. There was never a time one couldn’t find Allan in his garage, fixing or selling a snowblower or lawnmower for, or to anyone who answered his ads in the paper. Allan also loved to travel, spending time with his son and his wife in Georgetown, Ontario, every summer, and then winter holidays at his son’s home in Florida. He got around to many places in Canada and the US, and was a huge fan of Las Vegas, where he enjoyed winning at the slot machines.
At the end of his life, Allan was well cared for by the good people at the Central Haven Care Home in Saskatoon. His wife and family will always appreciate the extended “family” who surrounded Allan with love and support at Central Haven.
Sincere appreciation and gratitude is extended by Allan’s family to the staff and palliative care physicians on the 6th floor teaching unit at RUH in Saskatoon for their care and support during Allan’s final days.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund would be appreciated.

Funeral Details

At Allan’s request, the family will be holding a private ceremony at Saskatoon Funeral Home, with private burial service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon.

Condolence Messages

Bernie Horlick

Written January 05, 2018 from Ontario, Ontario

I met Al in 1988 in London, On. when he came to visit his son. No man was funnier, more caring, or nicer. I took him out to the Ford Plant where he entertained the production line on their coffee break! Goodbye Al, I never forgot about you. Bernie.

Rory Tekanoff and Elata Kessous

Written November 12, 2017 from London, Ontario

Dad, we'll miss you. We'll miss the fun times and all your visits to Ontario and Florida, we'll miss your quiet thought and generous nature, and we'll miss your love of family. Most of all, Dad, we'll always remember how you could comfort and support us in the hardest times. There won't be a day we won't think of you. So now, rest easy, Big Al, you earned it.

Willie and Sonja Wood

Written November 06, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

Dear Lenore: Please accept our sincerest condolences on Allan's passing. It has been years since we have conversed, but memories remain of the times shared by you with Willie's Mother, Rachel (she is in Stensrud Lodge). May God bring you comfort! Sincerely, the Wood Family.

Madeline Zelinski

Written November 06, 2017 from Edmonton, Alberta

My condolences to the family. Teki was a nice man, always a gentleman. My Ed considered him a friend. You are with the angels now RIP

Norlee & Dennis Semkiw

Written November 05, 2017 from Mississauga, Ontario

Lenore - Norlee and I send you our warmest thoughts and sincere condolences.

Mike vinnick

Written November 05, 2017 from Newmarket , Ontario

Very sad to hear the passing of "Big Al". He will greatly be missed by many.My condolences to his terrific family. Say hello to Vera and Pete.

janet irene atamanenko

Written November 04, 2017 from saskatoon, [SK, SK -Saskatchewan]

The Atamanenko family will miss uncle's jokes and easy manner....Rest in peace but keep knocking out those wisecracks!

dave mohring

Written November 04, 2017 from london, on

Al will be very missed by his family and friends.
RIP big Al
condolences to the family

Debbie & Harvey Allyn

Written November 03, 2017 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Lenore & family
Our deepest sympathy to you and all the family. Allan will be greatly missed. Love, Debbie & Harvey