On Friday, February 12, 2021, Allan Kenneth Hoem passed unexpectedly at the age of 78 at Stanford Seniors Village in Parksville, British Columbia. He was predeceased by his parents John and Martha of Norway, and his brothers John (Williams Lake), Palmer (Langley) and stepbrother Bernt (Norway). He is survived by his sister Margaret (Al) of North Delta and Linda, his wife of 23 years. Al had three sons, Stephen (Dawn) of California, Darren (Devon) and Bradley (Tiffany) of Vancouver, and two stepsons, Paul of Victoria, and David (Michelle) from Vancouver. Al leaves behind eight grandchildren, each of whom he loved dearly.
Al grew up in Delta, British Columbia, and was a member of the first graduating class of North Delta Senior Secondary. He earned law and commerce degrees from the University of British Columbia and practiced law as Crown Council and later as a criminal defence lawyer. Known for his unwavering work ethic and devotion to those he served, Al was widely respected among his colleagues and the judges in the courtrooms where he applied his craft. His cases would take him throughout British Columbia and across the nation as an advocate for young people in trouble. Upon his retirement, Al was recognized by the Law Society of British Columbia for his many contributions to the legal profession.
In addition to his law practice, Al devoted significant time as an amateur soccer coach and enriched the lives of many youth participating in the Tsawwassen Soccer Club. In 1992, Al met Linda on a blind date. He finally found the golf partner he had always dreamed of teaming up with. The pair would soon embark on countless golf adventures and would later get married in Ladner, British Columbia, in 1997.
When off the course, Al was a close friend to many and an outgoing neighbour in each community he resided in. Al and Linda became avid travellers in retirement, reaching the waters of his parents’ homeland in Norway and also later marvelling at the engineering feats at the Panama Canal.
Al was special to many with his bountiful stories, quick wit, sage advice and captivating smile. He was always willing to lend a hand, be the first on the dance floor, or make sure you had a drink in hand. Al’s warmth and acceptance of others will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
The family wishes any memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia via http://alzbc.org/allanhoem. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. If you wish to be notified once details are finalized, please send an email to TributetoAl@shaw.ca.
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