After a courageous battle with cancer, Alan passed away peacefully at the age of 67 with his loving family and friends by his side.
Alan was predeceased by his parents Evelyn and David Bernstein. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife Donna; daughter Lisa; son Mike (Katia); sister Joanne (Larry); brothers Richard (Rene) and Brian (Elizabeth); Donna's brother Larry; and his nieces and nephews David, Laura (Lisa), Sarah, Davey, Arran, Jenny (Daniel). Also his faithful companion and good boy Benny.
Alan was born in Winnipeg and grew up in River Heights. He attended Brock Corydon School, J.B. Mitchell School, Grant Park High School and graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1976.
Alan had a true zest for life and made friends wherever he went. He was always enthusiastic, loved to kibbitz and had the ability to tell the best stories. He paved his own way with drive, motivation and perseverance. He was passionate about sports, the stock market and anything to do with cars and engines. He loved racing and in his early years was known for having some of the fastest cars in Winnipeg.
Alan was a dreamer, a gifted salesman and had a creative eye. He had an intuitive sense of business, beginning his career at Silverman Jewellers and carrying those talents through to his finest professional achievement in starting his own company, Hangers Fashion Warehouse. Hangers was created in 1990 with the love and support of his wife, Donna. He began with one flagship store and grew the chain to 31 stores from British Columbia to the Maritimes. Alan was always known for his sharp negotiating skills and special way with people.
One of Alan's favourite pastimes was heading out to the Lake of the Woods with his family. He loved to sit on the water while the waves gently rocked the boat. The lake truly nourished his soul. He also loved getting people together and having celebrations and barbecues at the pool on Aldershot.
Alan loved his family fiercely and cared so much for everyone in his life. Alan was a wonderful and attentive father who raised two beautiful children in Lisa and Mike. They were crazy about their Dad and he was so proud of their accomplishments and who they became as adults. Alan just adored being with everyone and would truly move mountains for his loved ones.
Alan loved to travel, see the sights and organize adventures. In 2011, when Alan and Donna retired, they created wonderful memories when they travelled to London and Paris.
Later on, in retirement, he transitioned that love of getting people together by founding a breakfast club to reconnect with old friends from his past and bringing new people together.
Alan was so fond of music and was a great piano and violin player. He could listen to a piece of music, sit down and proceed to play the whole piece from memory. He later tried his hand at the guitar and loved to have people over for a jam session in his music room.
He was a loving husband, a devoted father, a caring family man, a determined fighter, a hunter for the best new toy or gadget, a wonderful friend and a true character. The world will miss such a beautiful and special soul.
Thank you to all the staff at CancerCare Manitoba and Riverview Health Centre for your care and compassion and for making Alan's journey as comfortable and painless as possible.
A celebration of Alan's life was held on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Rabbi Matthew Leibl officiated, with interment at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Pudavick, Arran Pudavick, David Sheps, Laura Sheps, Ian Kasloff and Tom Dojack. Honourary pallbearers were Larry Rice, Izia Mirski and Jack Lezack.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the charity of your choice. -
You left us with beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
You'll always be by our side. -