New fund honors longtime search and rescue volunteer Robert Allen

The Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue Association lost longtime volunteer Robert Allen earlier this year. In his memory, the association constitutes an endowment to the Sunshine Coast Foundation. The annual Robert Allen Memorial Endowment grants will support land search and rescue activities on the Sunshine Coast.

Allen was born in Comox and spent his school age years in Courtenay. After graduating from BCIT in 1967, he worked as a land surveyor across the province before moving to Sechelt and starting his own business. In this capacity, Allen has walked almost every inch of the Sunshine Coast and met many of its inhabitants. After his retirement he achieved the rare life membership status of the Land Surveyor Associations of Canada and British Columbia. Passionate about the outdoors, Allen enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting.

A family man and an accomplished professional, Allen was also a committed community volunteer. Coach of several youth sports teams, president of the library board, elected, he did it all. Allen was very proud to have been a founding member of the Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue Team “for 46 and a half years” and to have served on the SAR Board of Directors for many years, the last as as treasurer. He could move around the bush faster and easier than almost anyone.

A celebration of Allen’s life has been delayed by the pandemic and is now scheduled for Saturday, September 25.

Those who wish to honor the memory of Robert Allen by supporting the Search and Rescue Association can make a donation of any size to the foundation established in his memory. Please contact the Sunshine Coast Foundation at 604-741-7360 or [email protected]

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