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Alan Todd

February 21, 1944 - May 22, 2017

Alan Todd: February 21, 1944 - May 22, 2017

Posted by:
Anonymous

Posted on:
June 23, 2017

Dear Meredith, Brittany and Jocelyn, Alan was a true individual who touched so many people with his warmth and humour. My deepest condolences. Lauraine

Posted by:
Jocelyn Todd

Posted on:
June 12, 2017

Please come and help us celebrate!

Posted by:
Nic Maennling

Posted on:
June 9, 2017

Somehow I found Alan Todd in the early ‘80s and he helped me with the feasibility study for the then Victoria School Museum in Carleton Place. If laughter guaranteed a successful museum then we were on the right track. His beautifully designed stationery was so impressive. There was a work bee to install a huge steel I-beam in the kitchen extension of his Glen Isle stone house. I never knew laughter could levitate such a great weight. Our kitchen on William Street was witness to many a madcap evening of hysterical tears. He was always so quick to offer to come over and help on many projects with which we were involved…but, I guess he lost the address or something. He was one of the unforgettables. Rave on Alan. Nic Maennling Lanark

Posted by:
Jeanie Maennling

Posted on:
June 9, 2017

Life in Carleton Place was made much more fun by visits with a neighbour named Allan. I worked with him making the first walking tour brochure of Carleton Place. He recruited pals to help make it a benchmark for subsequent versions, none of which could hold a candle to the original . Breaking bread and quaffing wine around our kitchen table was always great fun. Laughter that could rattle windows. Often when I would take my Mom to visit the Gallery, we would bump into Alan and he would take a time out to chat with her. She was so impressed with his kindness. Such a big hearted, bright and a bit goofy guy. Happy trails Alan.

Posted by:
Stephen Hutchings

Posted on:
June 8, 2017

I was very sorry to hear about Alan's passing, and I'm kicking myself because I didn't manage to have just one more conversation. We hadn't been in touch in recent years, but the time spent sharing a studio in the old Fraser building was one of the happiest of my working life. Alan was very supportive of my efforts to get started as an illustrator, and he threw some great work my way. Our Friday wine tasting sessions were hilarious and farcical...we didn't learn anything about wine, but we sure had fun! Such a generous spirit.

Posted by:
Asoka Weerasinghe

Posted on:
June 2, 2017

Loved the times when we shared our poetry and designing the Dinosaur Hall at the National Museum of Natural Sciences. Going to miss you Big Al. Rest in Peace my friend. May you attain Nibbana. Asoka

Posted by:
Lloyd and Sandra

Posted on:
June 1, 2017

We never met Alan but he sounds like an exceptional man who lived life to the fullest and made a difference in people's lives. Our condolences to family and friends who have to move on without him in their lives.

Posted by:
Gary Stark

Posted on:
June 1, 2017

To Family and friends: On this planet Earth, all that have known Alan should remember his face that gave with a big smile, that shone a mile and reached our hearts in style and left us with loving memories of having shared time with him awhile.....REMEMBER

Posted by:
Sonia Lemishka

Posted on:
May 31, 2017

Alan & all a few years after graduating OCAD, always laughing and always in a shirt & tie (even in school). Till we meet again old friend.

Posted by:
Amina Filipovic ( Khair)

Posted on:
May 31, 2017

Although it has been ages since I have seen your family, I still clearly remember my childhood friend Brittany and being at your family home all the time. I still remember a day when Alen brought us to the art gallery, and I must have only been 6 years old. He was a cool and warm guy who I still remeber after 25 odd years. My condolences to Brittany and the whole family for your loss. from, Amina Filipovic

Posted by:
Penelope Ashe

Posted on:
May 30, 2017

Alan was a wonderful and caring friend. I marvelled at his artistry and always enjoyed his sense of humour. My sincere condolences to all of you. He will be missed by so many. Penny

Posted by:
Sandra

Posted on:
May 30, 2017

Damn this is hard. Alan is not gone, he's on another adventure — looking for and spreading the light. Happy Trails Love. We will keep a warm place for you.

Posted by:
Christine Feniak

Posted on:
May 30, 2017

As a colleague at the National Gallery, Allan was imaginative, collaborate and always, always supportive and upbeat. His positive approach and the respect and value he placed in those around him made it possible to work though the thorniest of challenges. Working with him, we were all people, making the world better. Thanks so much, Allan.

Posted by:
Terry Cheng

Posted on:
May 30, 2017

We had a lovely Sunday Breakfast together; that was July 2010. That morning, Alan brought with him a camera and snapped some great family photos for us as my wife, Joanne and I celebrated the first anniversary of parenthood. Alan, you are my mentor and the dearest friend to me and my family. It was a true blessing for me to get to know you while waiting for my morning bus (No. 59) on my first day going to work in December 2004. I started appreciating things and people around me more and more because I have seen them so beautifully before you and I want that to be part of my life too. Thank you for leading the way and showing us the Beautiful Art of Life. I miss you, Alan! Big Smile!

Posted by:
Kathy White

Posted on:
May 29, 2017

Meredith, My prayers are with you and your daughters as you come to terms with a sudden and tragic loss. Alan was blessed to have you and your family caring for him in the last days. I have only one memory of meeting Alan, but it has stuck with me and my kids. We were in the backyard of our little house on Stirling and for some reason, Alan jumped over their Barbie van. It was such an unexpected incident, I suppose, for us, this big man leaping over the world of Barbie. One small memory of Alan bringing joy to the world.

Posted by:
Meredith Brown

Posted on:
May 29, 2017

I was saddened to learn of Alan's passing, my deepest condolences to his family and friends. I first met Alan in 2004 when he approached my about my work as the Ottawa Riverkeeper. Alan was instrumental in helping me pull together the 2005 Ottawa Riverkeeper Report, setting me up with a fabulous designer and printer, ensuring our work looked professional and enticing. Alan was a long time volunteer with Ottawa Riverkeeper and he will be missed. He was always fun and had a positive and creative approach to solving problems. RIP Alan. In the river spirit, Meredith, aka The Riverkeeper

Posted by:
Ed Irish and Moyna Castelino

Posted on:
May 28, 2017

We are so very sad upon hearing the upsetting news of Alan’s passing, he was a great friend and colleague, we will truly miss him.

Posted by:
eric mcmillan

Posted on:
May 28, 2017

Such shocking and sad news, He really was my first Canadian sunshine. I first met him in 1967. Alan the fun, generous, caring, sunny, creative soul The rainbow of my life has lost one of its brightest colours. Thank you Alan for living. In your memory I will hug many trees and try to be a little kinder to the folks who cut them down. Eric

Posted by:
Janice Kelly

Posted on:
May 27, 2017

It was an enormous and sad shock to hear of "Big Al's" passing. He was such a force -- in the design world where I knew him, as an environmentalist, as a mind that thought 'outside the box'. I have many memories of working and playing with Big Al. My thoughts are there and with the family and friends who will greatly miss his significant presence.

Posted by:
Viviane Villeneuve

Posted on:
May 27, 2017

Hey Alan: I know you are now part of something greater than us. I'm not sure what or where, but I know every time there is a bright warm day, I know damn well you have something to do with it! I will miss you terribly, Love Viv..

Posted by:
Brittany

Posted on:
May 26, 2017

Intrepid Traveler.

Posted by:
Stan

Posted on:
May 26, 2017

Alan and I at the World Junior Hockey in 2009. Though we both enjoyed hockey and could get into some of the finer points of the game, it was never long before our conversations turned to all manner of subjects... and before we knew it the game was over, time to go home. I will always save you a seat, my friend.

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