In Memory of



Obituary for Paul Allan

Paul James Allan

As the sun rose on May 21st, 2022, Paul’s spirit finally picked up his fishing rod and got back on his boat, a place that he loved most.  With his family at his side, surrounded by love, he ended his long battle with Alzheimer’s with dignity and grace.

Paul was born in Lindsay, Ontario on December 19, 1943 to Caroline and Milton (Bing) Allan where he grew up in a tiny house on Durham Street and was one of 9 siblings.  He attended L.C.V.I., playing football and basketball, and went on to study to become a Chartered Accountant.  He became smitten by a little blonde named Dorla, having their first date at Greenhurst Pavilion (they could really tear up a dance floor) and were married soon after.  Over the years, they transformed the old family fishing shack by Sturgeon Lake into a beautiful home where they raised their two daughters, Terra and Tracie, and hosted many laughter-filled gatherings with family and friends (not to mention a few boyfriends who Paul always welcomed and judged by their fishing abilities). 

Aside from being a partner with BDO LLP for over 40 years, Paul was an active member of the Lindsay community, including serving as Chairman and Treasurer of The Lindsay Golf & Country Club and volunteering with St. John’s Ambulance, The Kinsmen Club, The Lindsay Boys and Girls Club and the Curling Club.  He loved golf, playing hockey, hunting and, of course, fishing.  His recipe for fresh pickerel was magical.  After retirement, Paul and Dorla started to take some well-deserved trips with family and friends to France, Italy, Ireland, England and Nashville.

Paul was diligent, hardworking and believed that if you were going to do something, you had to do it right.  He wasn’t always a big talker but he was fun, silly, affectionate and always had time for people.  Paul would have loved watching his grandchildren grow and his departure leaves a big hole in his family, yet his sense of humour and his smile lives within them.

Paul is survived by his incredibly loving and dedicated wife of 48 years, Dorla, his daughters, Terra (David) and Tracie (James) and grandchildren, Charlie, Sadie, Maeve, Matthew, and Liam.  He is also survived by his brothers, Harry (Kim), Mac (Lori) and Donald (Jane), and sisters, Kay, Margie (Charlie) and Karol (Lou) as well as his sister-in-law, Bonnie.  Paul was predeceased by his parents, Caroline and Milton, siblings Roxann and John, sisters-in-law Alma and Susan, and brothers-in-law Chris and Ralph.

Gratitude and heart-felt thanks go to the staff of Caressant Care on McLaughlin. Despite being severely underfunded and understaffed, they provided exceptionally loving care.

Donations in Paul’s memory can be made to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes or Community Care Lindsay

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