My father, Robert Allan Farrell, was born on April 26, 1927 in Abernethy, Saskatchewan, Canada to Robert and Helen “Nellie” (Devlin) Farrell. He was the second oldest boy of their six children, two of which died in infancy. Unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about my father as he died when I was only 9 months old.
When Allan (as he was known) was 12 years old, he developed juvenile diabetes. Like most children in the area, he attended the one room Tipperary school where he completed his Grade XI. Unlike his two brothers, Forbes and John (Jack), Allan did not go into farming but became a mechanic, working for Greenfield Motors.
On January 8, 1951, Allan was initiated into Nanatah Masonic Lodge #53 in Balcarres, Saskatchewan and was raised a Master Mason on August 13, 1951.
On August 15, 1953 Allan married Rhona MacDonald Marshall from a neighbouring farm. In December of that same year Allan and Rhona welcomed their first child, a daughter named Judy. The following year, in 1954, the little family moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where they welcomed two more daughters, Heather in 1956 and myself (Alana) in 1961. While living in Moose Jaw, Allan worked as a mechanic at Maccam Motors.
Shortly after my birth, my father's diabetes took a turn for the worse and he was hospitalized. It was at that time that I decided to learn to walk, taking my first steps on his hospital bed.
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