Patrick John McAllister

November 30, 2023 17 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with broken hearts and loving memories the family announces the passing of Pat (Patrick) McAllister, at the age of 74. On November 28th, Pat, a much-loved partner, father, brother, uncle, and grandfather succumbed to a long and complicated medical issue, surrounded by his loving family.

He will forever be loved by his partner Diane Brickner, his sons Darcy (Jessica), Daniel (Anika), stepson Jake Strashok (Jessica), his sisters Moyra, Norma, and his brother Sean. Grandpa Mac (Papa) will be so dearly missed by his grandchildren Siobhan, Simone, Finn, Melia, and Maisy. He is also leaving behind his brother-and-sister-in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. In peaceful rest Pat joins his parents Margaret and Neal.

Born in London England on St Patrick’s day (March 17th) 1949. He often shared the story of his arrival in Edmonton Alberta in April 1956, with a turtleneck sweater and a heavy Camel hair coat on a scorching afternoon. St Patrick’s day will forever hold special memories and stories, as Pat never missed celebrating his special day with his family, friends, and strangers who would become friends on that day.

Pat attended U of A, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor of Law and practiced until his retirement in 2016 . He started his career at Bishop McKenzie and concluded his practice at McAllister LLP.

Pat took great pride in his family and he embraced life fully, especially while spending time with his family and friends at his cabin on Lac la Biche. He had his own fleet of RC airplanes that he enjoyed flying, crashing, repairing, and flying again. His love for the sea included longstanding interests in sailing, windsurfing, boating, and kayaking. His competitive side emerged during cards with friends and family, particularly cribbage. Time spent during his short retirement in Palm Springs and Corpus Christi will always be treasured.

Pat was incredibly generous and supported many charities, with a special commitment to Hope Mission and The Canadian Diabetes Association.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday December 13 from 3:30 to 6:30 at the Fransis Winspear Centre for Music 9720 102 Ave Edmonton

  1. So sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. My sincere condolences to his family. Pat was a great guy to have a hit with on the squash court, and to share a refreshing post-game beverage with as well.

  2. I was very saddened to hear of Pat’s passing, he will be dearly missed by his neighbors in Lac La Biche. I remember years ago our nightly games of Trivial Pursuit in my mother-in-law’s cabin which was right next door to Pat – girls vs the guys. I also enjoyed watching his successful and not so successful flights of his RC planes. He and his family are like family to us, he was a wonderful neighbor and friend and he will be dearly, dearly missed by my family and I – fly high Pat <3

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Pat. A true friend and great counsel. He’ll be with the angels I have no doubt! Such a fine man. My thoughts are with his family.

  4. I am sorry to hear Pat passed away.He was a great teammate and a good friend.We shared a lot of laughs on the squash court and a few beer off the court.I remember Danny squirming in His lap after squash games , time flies by, Rest in Peace Pat.

  5. I am blessed to call Pat a friend and the whole McAllister family holds a special bond with the McClellands. The Royal Glenora club was where I met Pat and we bonded quickly. The Glenora was a special place in the 80″s. Playing squash on saturday mornings, Pat was a charter member of our squash interclub team with Nigel Smart, Bill Patrick, Brian Johnson. The “Rum a cokas” no explanation needed. teams loved coming to the Glenora to play us….not just for squash but our overwhelling hospitality. Ya, many many jugs of beer were consumed over the years. Playing doubles squash with the Youngs, June Hole, Ramish and Brian “Binger” Field. Not many players brought glasses of red to the court…we did often. New years parties were epic. Celebrating my marriage reception at the Glenora. Cigar nights.Helping Pat build his self made cottage. Watching him sail and windsurf. Telling the boys its ok to have Rose wine. with your steaks, ( I never lived that down) Golf, Pat was a terrible golfer….sharing Oiler season tickets together. Of course starting the evening at the Rose and Crown. We might have missed a period or 2 over time. What pub in those days would open on a sunday just for Pat because St. Patty;s day (Pat’s) birthday fell on a sunday. He was beloved. What does Pat mean to me? well I named my son after him. Patrick Ryan McClelland. Enough said. Pat will be in my family’s thoughts forever as will his boys Danny and Darcy and Diane. He will be my best friend for life.

  6. My earliest memory of Pat, and the McAllister family generally, was in London in the mid-50s when we kids were lined up on a sofa looking out at a lightning storm. As first cousins (Margaret and my Dad were siblings) we thereafter kept in touch across the Atlantic but, in the earlier years, our contact was mainly through Margaret and Neil. However, in our 30s I, as a serving RAF Officer, had a number of opportunities to visit the US and Canada and I have happy memories of lively discussions on Irish Republicanism, a trip to the Rockies, borrowing motorbikes, lying flat-out after several beers watching an amazing display of Northern Lights, and so on. Then in later years, my wife Gill and I visited a couple of times and were royally entertained by the whole family including a memorable trip with Pat and family to the cabin at Lac la Biche. Pat was always a joy to be with – his dry sense of humour and whole-hearted generosity was always a highlight of our trips. Then when Pat and Diane visited us in the UK a couple of times we were able to show them something of the Yorkshire Dales – their reaction to a display of Morris Dancing was something to behold!
    We shall miss Pat a lot and our love and very best wishes go to all those he leaves behind. Rest in peace, Pat.

  7. My deepest condolences for your loss, Diane.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss Diane, and family. I hope the joy of Pat’s memory brings you comfort.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss Diane.
    My Prayer’s and condolences go out to you and your family.

  10. My heartfelt condolences to you and the family for your loss, Diane.
    May the Lord grant you all strength and courage in this time of grief.
    May Pat’s soul rest in eternal peace.

  11. Dearest Diane and Family
    Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Pat.
    May your wonderful memories sustain you all in the upcoming days, weeks and months ahead. You were a great couple, and it was so nice to see you both at Peace Hills events.
    God Bless you all
    Love Barb Wynnyk and Doug Gill

  12. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow, Diane.

  13. Our condolences to Diane and all of the McAllister Family. Pat was my classmate, my friend, but mostly he was just a great person. Humble and understated with a great wit and sense of humour, and love of family.. He will be greatly missed.

  14. Diane and family,
    My heart aches for you during this sorrowful time. May the memories you share of your life with Pat keep you strong as you continue life without him.

  15. Margaret and Neal Mc Allister became life long friends of my parents when they moved into the house directly across the road from us on Strathearn Drive in 1956. Like us they were immigrants to Canada, and since none of us had any real relatives in Edmonton, we filled that role for each other and shared many Christmas dinners, birthday celebrations, and road trips. Our two families became friends with the Liston family too and whenever the 3 families were together we formed quite a gang of kids with Patrick (or Paddy as we called him) the oldest boy and me the oldest girl. I was 9 years old and Paddy was 7 when we became friends.What I remember about Paddy and those times is that he was always laughing and joking and coming up with fun and games that made our summers so enjoyable!

    I have so many fond memories from that period of time. As a big group of kids when our parents were enjoying the odd cocktail we were left to our own devices and managed to entertain ourselves playing board games, jumping loudly on the couches, reading Paddy’s comic books, and chasing around outside. One summer we all went to Jasper together and one evening when a big black bear decided to join us in the kids’ cabin Paddy told us all to scream loudly which we did until the bear departed.

    The next summer we ended the road trips and all 3 families bought waterfront cabins at Itaska Beach on Pigeon Lake. For the next several school holidays the moms and kids spent most of the time at Itaska, learning how to water ski and sail and dive off the front of the motor boats. Paddy was more athletic than the rest of us kids and often was the leader and instigator of these events.

    Sadly we all moved on to new adventures after we finished high school and saw each other less and less. I left Edmonton a very long time ago so I never met Paddy’s growing and changing family but I still remember those teen and pre-teen years when our families were so connected and Paddy was such a good friend to all of us.

    Please accept the sincere condolences of all the Quinlan clad (Margaret, Judith, Rosemary, Richard. Joanne, and Gina) and know that we will be remembering Paddy, our friend and riingleader, with a smile on our faces on Wednesay.

  16. Sending love to you Diane and the families. Pat was a fun-loving, humble and wonderful man. It must be that Heaven was short a few angels and he was called. ❤️❤️
    Love, Laurie and Ken

  17. Distance and time makes memory’s fainter but we will never forget our marriage master of ceremonies, squash at the Glenora or running in the Jasper – Banff relay race, twice. Remembering you, Pat, from PEI.

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