OERTON, Allan Ralph

Allan was welcomed with open arms into heaven on April 5th, 2021 at 84 years young.  Anyone who knew Allan would agree that he was one of the kindest souls who cherished his family and friends.  He devoted a large part of his life to helping others, retiring as a Principal from the Durham Catholic District School Board.  He volunteered at the Oshawa General Hospital, school libraries, Extendicare Nursing Home and soup kitchens in the area, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Allan was predeceased by his parents, Dorothy and Bill Senior, and his brother, Bill Junior.  He leaves behind two nephews; Colin and Kevin, and a niece; Lisa.  He was also a great-uncle to Santorri, Miles, Sydney, Coral and Taylor.  Allan will be fondly missed by Al’s Gals.  He also left behind his best friend and little yorkie, Huey.  In regular “Algie” fashion, he fully planned his arrangements.  Private visitation will take place at the McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Wednesday, April 14th.  As attendance will be limited, please see the link below to secure a time slot to visit.  A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph The Worker Parish, 1100 Mary St. N., Oshawa at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 15th, followed by interment at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. As attendance at Mass will be limited, please see the link below to reserve your place.  Alternatively, to see a livestream of the Mass, please contact the funeral home noted at the bottom of this page.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada or The Shepherds’ Trust, where Allan would smile knowing people in need are being looked after, would be appreciated.  Online condolences may be shared at makfuneralhome.com.

For information on attending Visitation, please click on the link below or call 905-433-5558.


For information on attending Mass of Christian Burial, please click on the link below or call 905-433-5558.


To attend Mass of Christian Burial virtually via Zoom, please email the funeral home at info@makfuneralhome.com or call 905-433-5558 to receive the link.


Online condolences may be made by clicking the Leave Condolence button on the left.

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  • Apr 12, 2021

    Francisca and Bruce Gazley
    Allan, we go back such a long way - from having you as a teacher for rotary at St. John the Evangelist school when I was in grades 7 and 8; being part of the first year staff at St. Monica where you were my principal; the many years you devoted to volunteering in the service of the staff and students of the various schools I taught in; and finally enjoying your company as a member of the friendship group you named - Al’s Gals. With our working years in education finally behind us all, we were privileged to share this special time together breaking bread with you, Audrone, Jane, Mary, Stella and myself.  Over the many years of fellowship, we shared laughter in the good times and supported one another through the times of challenge. You became an extended member of all our families. We are so grateful for you having been such an integral part in our lives!
    To Allan’s immediate family, his beloved niece, nephews and their children,  Bruce and I would like to express our sincerest sympathies for your loss. His passing leaves a very big hole in all our lives. 
    He was so proud to share stories of his life with you. He was a very proud uncle. We felt like we grew up with you too. The many scrapbooks, the jokes, the stories, the little gifts he was so thrilled to give, his love of little Huey, his dedication to his faith, his family and the greater community- there are just so many things that we will always remember and be thankful for. 
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Gayl O\'Brien
    Please accept my condolences on the passing of Allan.  Allan and I both attended St.Joseph's the Worker Parish for many years.  Allan was a dear friend.  My husband and I travelled with Allan on two Pilgrimages to Israel & Rome and the South of Ireland.  He was a very kind soul and will be missed.
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Paul and Yvonne Dodgson
    We both have many good memories of our neighbour Allan. Thirty three years ago when we first moved to Oshawa from Deep River, our "moving in" date happened after a deluge of snow. My husband was here alone and decided he would have to buy a shovel to clear the driveway for the moving van. When he arrived at the house he found that the driveway was already shovelled.  It took a day or two to discover who had done such a kindness.  Later that day, Paul met this kind man Allan when he brought in doughnuts for all the moving men! 
    As a teacher I also appreciated Allan. When I started a grandparent programme in my classroom, Allan agreed to become one special grandparent for a student. He was truly appreciated in the class.
    Yes Allan was a gentle and kind soul, always friendly and a great neighbour doing many kindnesses over the years. He often popped by for visits delivering treats or newspaper cuttings and later on accompanied  by his very best doggy companion, Huey.  Always a good friend Allan is already missed. Our deepest condolences to all of the family, all of whom were so very special to Allan. God Bless him always.
  • Apr 12, 2021

    Diane Faustino
    He was well loved and will be missed.  We worked together at the Blood donour clinic and many years on Pastoral visiting.  He was a great friend.
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Edna Landry
    He was a kind, caring teacher to  my children at St Michael's school many years ago.  He spent time after school hours with the class and was patient, and caring with each of them.  H e was a great teacher and ihis positive influence helped form them into the people they are today.  He was truly a blessing in their lives and the school and children were so fortunate to have him.  My sincere condolences to those he leaves behind
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Carol turner
    My deepest sympathies to the family.  I worked with him at the hospital, and he would read the joke of the day to us all. He also handcrafted ornaments for each holiday and gave each one of us a small one for our smocks. He will be missed. 
  • Apr 13, 2021

    John & Juliet Eastham
    On behalf of St Joseph’s Seniors 
      Allan will surely be missed, especially by his card partners.
    His Christmas place mats and coasters will be a lasting reminder of his thoughtfulness. 
    He will be playing card now, where there are no losers. 
    God Bless Allan Oerton
  • Apr 13, 2021

    Joe & Kathleen Pezzarello
    Dear Allan:
    You are heaven's smile and a gift from God.  You could make the most grumpy of people experience a good day with one word from your lips.  
    You will be missed and we are so sorry that we did not get together enough.  There was never too much Allan just not enough time.  
    We know that you are in heaven and sharing your gifts with every spirit you meet.  God bless you and keep you.
    Joe & Kathleen Pezzarello
  • Apr 14, 2021

    valerie moreton
    I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t ever recall one time Allan was at St.Vincent’s kitchen without a huge smile on his face. Every conversation with Allan made life come into perspective, to stop sweating the minor stuff and just focus on being happy. He truly had it all figured out. Durham Outlook won’t be the same without him. 
  • Apr 14, 2021

    michael jack
    Rest well friend. You have earned a special in heaven because of your life
    You will be received with open arms and showered with many blessings
  • Apr 14, 2021

    Tracy Bialecki
    Rest in peace. You were loved by many!
  • Apr 15, 2021

    Marilyn wilson
    Enjoyed volunteering with Allan at Lakeridge  for many years..so sorry to hear of his passing..
  • Apr 17, 2021

    Kenneth & Karyn Leonard
    We miss you Allan.  As a close neighbor his little dog Huey chose us for his sanctuary on that day he escaped his yard as a puppy.  This resulted in a mutual adoption of our families.  Allan walked Huey daily and Huey would announce their presence.  We responded with his treat and we would then share with Allan on family, church, volunteer and community happenings. 
    Our last contact are messages left on his telephone and call by his house regarding their Easter treats and of course dinner.  
    The kindness, gentleness and caring of Allan made this all feel like our normal family activities.  
    God Bless you Allan. We pray we will meet again.
  • Apr 18, 2021

    Anne (Stovell)Venning
    You are a true blessing! From our first meeting at St. Michael School and all the years you and my Mum were such good friends, we were blessed to have you in our world! Such a kind and thougtful human being. 
    I have some of your handiwork that you made many years ago for Christmas. It comes out every year!
    You will be missed by many but will be greeted by many when you reach the gates.
    God speed!
  • Apr 20, 2021

    Lina Zatzman
    I volunteer at the Hospital and have lovely memories of Alan. He was a caring and kind man and I enjoyed hearing stories about his little dog. Please accept my condlolences.

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