Allan Sannes

Obituary of Allan Sannes

Allan Kenmir Sannes passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at the age of 76.


Al, as he was known to all his friends, was born on September 15, 1947, in Nordegg, Alberta, a small mining town nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, to Edward Kenneth Sannes and Alice Margaret (Whitford) Sannes. He completed the family of four with his older brother, James “Jim” Harold. The family relocated to Calgary after the mine closed in 1955.


As a teenager, Al attended James Fowler High School, where he formed close friendships that lasted his lifetime.


While in Calgary, he met the love of his life, Christina (Hicks). They were married in 1968. They loved each other dearly and were an example to their daughters of what a marriage should be—except for that one time with the ham in Hawaii.


Al was a devoted father to his three daughters: Tracy (Jay Gilmore), Milissa (Frank Acsencao), and Jennifer (Kenneth Hanshaw). His love for them was boundless, and they reciprocated that love. His relationship with his sons-in-law was also one of deep respect and affection.


Al's work ethic was unparalleled. His journey began at a butcher shop during high school, where he even saved money to buy a motor scooter at 15. After completing his education at SAIT in Calgary, he began a successful career at Zellers and the Hudson's Bay Company, eventually reaching senior management. His career took him all across Canada, and he made some of his closest lifelong friends along the way.


Al had a natural storytelling talent, often recounting tales from his youth. His daughters will forever cherish the memory of his captivating narrative about the Great Canoeker, which he shared during our journey from Calgary to Vancouver in our grandparents' motorhome.


After a fulfilling career, Al retired to Nova Scotia, where he embarked on a new adventure as “Grandpa Al” to his five beloved grandchildren: Aidan, Georgia, Samuel, Sabrina, and Evalina.  He cherished every moment spent with them—whether riding the gator, building a fort, playing hide-and-seek, taking them to the ocean, and getting ice cream. His early retirement was dedicated to his workshop, where Al lovingly crafted rocking horses for each grandchild. He took immense pride in their growth and development; they will deeply feel his absence.


Al will be missed by his extended family, including his cousins, nieces, and nephews.


Al’s love for animals was a testament to his kind heart. He never met a dog that he didn't like. Throughout the years, he always had a furry companion. Toughie, Brandy, Dusty, Shopper the Cat, Maggie, Mollie, Raggs the cat, Oliver, and Gracie are waiting for him to bring the treats. Rosie, his beloved dog, is still with Chris.


Al's helpful nature was not just a trait but a way of life. He was always ready to lend a hand to his neighbours, whether it was plowing their driveways or taking the garbage to the top of the road. His selflessness and kindness touched the lives of many, leaving a lasting impression.


He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Glen Hicks; father, Edward Sannes; mother Alice (Whitford) Sannes; mother-in-law, Joyce (Scott) Clark; brother, Jim Sannes; and son-in-law, Frank Acsencao.


We love you, Dad, and you will be missed by all who knew you.


Following Al’s wishes there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Canada or SHAID Tree Animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.


Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home Bridgewater, where online messages of condolence can be left at