March 11, 1950 – May 10, 2020
Alastair was born in Fort William, Ontario to William Colquhoun and Muriel MacIvor. After early schooling in that city he attended university in Montreal before graduating from Lakehead University. He pursued a post-graduate diploma in Arts Administration and spent many years working in that field as general manager of the Calgary Boys’ Choir and then as curator of the Old Court House art gallery in Red Deer.
Although generally known as a quiet, cerebral type, well-informed and well-read, Alastair also loved nature, animals, sports and music of every ilk. He once rode his ten-speed bicycle from Montreal to Thunder Bay, a grueling trek of over 1000 miles, and he was a keen and excellent cross country skier. In later years his interest and skill in writing was evident and he took inspiration from lengthy walks near his Reid Road home. Alastair enjoyed living in the country and loved his dog.
As an avid reader and writer, Al belonged to and attended writing groups, believed in the importance of religious values and attended church. He was so clever and witty with a dry sense of humour, and yet so formal somehow. Conversation with him could meander into a range of subjects from politics, to literature, to art and classical music. His knowledge was wide ranging, perhaps even encyclopaedic. Often he was a quiet man though he appreciated and enjoyed conversation and company. He was a true gentleman.
Always acknowledging his strong Scots heritage, Alastair wore the Colquhoun tartan with pride.
Left to mourn his memory are his sister Marion Bender of Redlands, California; uncle Alec MacIver of Edmonton; uncle Jim Colquhoun of Thunder Bay; aunt Julie MacIver of Thunder Bay; many cousins; and his former spouse Norma-Jean Colquhoun of Edmonton.
A Funeral Service to celebrate Alastair’s life will be held at a later date.
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Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home
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