Obit: ALLEN, Keith Arden

ALLEN, Keith Arden - 68, Berwick/Advocate, passed away peacefully in his sleep in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, snuggled in his grandson Zadoc's fuzzy blanket, on Thursday, October 18, 2007. He had a courageous two year battle with cancer. Arden, as he was called by his family, was born in Advocate, and was a son of the late Curtis and Vera (Knowlton) Allen, and the beloved grandson of the late Pearl Knowlton. He is survived by his loving wifey of 43 years, the former Carol Bennett; sons, John Keith Russell, Aylesford; Adrian Curtis, Berwick; brother, David, Toronto; biological grandchildren, Amanda Griffin and Zadoc Allen; adopted grandchildren, Mateo, Dru, Justice, Jeffery, Emily, Baden, Kody, Ceilidh, and over 90 children from his day care, Orchards Away ; sister-in-law, Ruth Wilcox, Preston; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Morris, MurrayWyman, Willis and Robert Bennett, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be missed by his family, devoted staff, and especially his little Shih Tzu, Lisa. Arden was predeceased by his brother, Lloyd; sisters, Audrey and Louise; brother-in-law, Keith Donkin; extended family, Russell and Violet Bennett, Ross, James, Maril and Frances Griffin. Arden attended Advocate school, which he left at an early age to work at Reid's Mill and Cape d'Or Lighthouse. The army was his aim. He joined in 1957 and served his country both in Canada and Germany. Some postings included Gagetown, Aldershot, Petawawa, Halifax and Greenwood. After retiring from the CAF in 1977, he enlisted in the Militia and then became a commissionaire at Aldershot and Greenwood. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. In 2000, Arden retired again to be a go-fer for the day care he owned. He loved children and was happy when surrounded by family. At Arden's request, there will be no funeral service. He will be cremated and he wanted his ashes buried with wifey when her time on earth is done. His wishes were for a big family memorial supper in God's Country , Fraserville, in the summer of 2008. Arrangements have been entrusted to Annapolis Valley Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr. (Exit 14), Coldbrook. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Valley Regional Hospital. On-line condolences may be made through: www.annapolisvalleyfuneralhome.com

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Friday 19-October-2007 www.thechronicleherald.com Halifax NS

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