Obituary for Alan "Glen" Cameron
Glen Alan (Red) Cameron
May 31, 1941 – March 12, 2018
On the early evening of March 12, 2018, Glen (Red) closed his ‘pretty blues’ for the final time. Born on May 31, 1941 in Kirkland Lake, Glen was an exceptional hockey player whom, at the tender age of 16, was drafted to the Detroit Red Wings. He would not be able to go to the NHL due to exposure to tuberculosis. Glen remained in Kirkland Lake until he left to study engineering at Windsor University. He worked many years managing structural engineering projects. His expertise and management successes can be witnessed across the country. Residing in Vancouver, he was accountable for the successful installation of the Grouse Mountain tramway, a project he was rightfully proud of. The iconic ‘Red Skyride’ remains one of the top 10 attractions to see in the Vancouver area today. He also had an entrepreneurial side, having owned and operated a deli for many years in Kelowna’s famous Orchard Park Mall.
After several years west, Glen decided to return to the Toronto area and once again hone his talent for managing large multi-million-dollar projects. He worked his final years at Loblaws where he built many ‘Great Canadian Superstores’ ending his career with the construction of Loblaws new headquarters in Mississauga. In 1986, Glen returned to Kirkland Lake for a visit, where he reconnected with the girl who, in his words, ‘he used to watch disappear behind the firehall’. Glen and Mignonne (who he affectionately called ‘baby’) enjoyed 31 years of respect and love for one another. With this relationship, he gained an extended family, for which, he valued as dearly as his own. Glen was a generous soul. At a young age, he paid for his sisters’ nursing school to ensure she had a career. Throughout his lifetime, he always gave of himself, never asking or expecting anything in return. He, on many occasions, paid for his assistants’ flight home to visit her family at Christmas time. He had a knack for building friendships and he loved and respected them all. Always the center of attention, he had an innate ability to tell a story. Glen enjoyed many outings to meet up with his large network of friends on a regular basis. During the years, Glen fell through the cracks of our broken health care system. Despite so, he always found a way to move forward and see the brighter side. Once it was clear that the things he valued most would no longer be readily available to him, he made the brave decision to end treatment. He passed peacefully, with dignity and on his own terms. Those that know Glen’s character, wouldn’t be surprised at his courage. While Glen is no longer at our ‘kitchen table’, there is no doubt, he is already reconnecting with old friends and family and building new relationships on the other side. It’s easy to envision him telling stories like no other while he waits for his ‘baby” (Mignonne) to join him. RIP Glen. Thank you for everything! It’s easy sailing now, until we meet you over the rainbow! Glen was predeceased by his parents, Barbara (MacPherson) and Donald Cameron. He is survived by his spouse, Mignonne, his treasured son Marc (Sheila), his stepchildren Steven (Cheryl), Tracy (Dean) and as well as his grandchildren, Jordan, Derek, Jenna, Steven, Patricia, Lauren and Julia, all of whom, he couldn’t wait to brag about. Glen is also survived by his siblings, Doreen (Bernie, deceased), Colin (Carole), Mary (Ron, deceased) and Warren (Linda), and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he cared deeply for. In respect to Glen’s final wishes, there will be no visitation and cremation will take place. A memorial will be planned for a later date where we hope to see many of Glen’s KL and ‘mall’ companions come prepared to share their special memories of a ‘great man’. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the dialysis or palliative care (A-wing) at MacKenzie Health Center or to the Stronach Cancer Center, whose intervention and personalized care of Mignonne gave Glen many ‘extra’ years with his ‘baby’.
Glen’s family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Beausoleil and the palliative care team at MacKenzie Health, who in his finals days, ensured he received the care he so deserved. We would also like to thank Margaret, Glen’s dialysis nurse, in whom he had full trust and respect.