Allan Herman Weiss
March 25, 1946 – March 4, 2019
It is with profound sadness, that the family of Allan Herman Weiss announce his sudden and unexpected passing on March 4, 2019.
Allan was the fourth child born to Selma and Robert Weiss on March 25, 1946. He grew up with his 3 siblings in a small 2 room house with no running water or electricity, in the Brightholme district south of Shellbrook. In 1948, his family packed up and moved to Ontario, but came back to the farm one year later. In 1957, the family moved into Shellbrook and shortly after, he had his first introduction to hockey – a sport he adored his whole life. His youngest sister joined the family in 1958.
After Allan graduated from high school in 1963, he worked for a year in Shellbrook at Topping’s grocery store before leaving for Edmonton to live with his brother Don, and begin his post-secondary education. In 1964 he began school at NAIT, taking Civil Engineering Technology, from which he graduated in 1966. During this time, he played on NAIT Ookpiks inaugural hockey team.
Allan met his future wife of 50 years, Noreen, in 1966 and they were married in 1969.
Throughout the late 60’s, Allan travelled from southern Saskatchewan to Rocky Mountain House, Zama Lake, and up to Fort Simpson, NWT, while working for Water Resources and on seismic crews. In 1969, Allan and Noreen moved to Calgary where Allan worked at J.R. Paine and Associates for 2 years. They moved back to Shellbrook so Allan could work alongside his father-in-law, building roads, for Potts Construction, a company of which he later became partner. For the next seven years, Potts Construction were awarded around 80% of the SK highways budget, and Allan was an integral part of all the construction.
Allan’s first son, Jeff, was born in 1974, and 2 years later, he welcomed his second son, Todd. Allan and Noreen moved the family out to the farm in 1978, so Allan could pursue his dream of farming. Under the guidance and instruction of his Uncle Harvey, he began his farming adventure that lasted into the early 2000’s. Shortly after moving to the farm, Allan single-handedly built a shop and an extension onto the house, by logging and sawing his own lumber from which it was built. In 1982, Allan welcomed his 3rd child, his daughter, Kristyn.
In 1983, Allan faced the hardship of having all his crops wiped out by hail. Without hail insurance to help recover the loss, Allan supported his family by both working construction and returning to Water Resources, all the while still pursuing his passion for farming. The next 20 years saw Allan working away in Yellowknife, Meadow Lake, La Ronge, La Loche, McLean Lake, Uranium City, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Allan got out of farming in 2001 but remained on the farm until 2014.
Allan never really retired. Until present day, he continued to help with farming, working in construction, and creating his own renovation projects, all the while spending as much time with his grandkids as he could, travelling, and spending time at the lake with his boat.
Allan is survived by his loving wife of almost 50 years, Noreen Weiss (Potts); his 3 children: Jeff (Donna), Todd (Andrea) and Kristyn (Tyson); his 7 grandchildren: Kaiden, Maddyx, Keiryn, Keehlin, Crue, Preston & Everleigh; his 4 siblings: Clarence (Marilynn), Lorraine (Glen), Don (Hilda), and Elaine (Marvin); his 4 in-laws: Joanne (Verne), Rick (Nora), Kevin (Angela) & Kari; 2 aunts: Esther (Harvey) and Amey; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents: Robert & Selma Weiss; his grand-daughter, Cassidy Schmidt; and his parents-in-law, Winona Potts and Robert Potts.
A Celebration of Allan’s Life was held on, Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 2:00pm at the Shellbrook Community Hall with Pastor Dave Bodvarson officiating. In lieu tributes, memorial donations may be made in memory of Allan to either the Shellbrook Pentecostal Assembly or to the Shellbrook Recreation Project Steering Committee (Box 402 Shellbrook, SK S0J 2E0). Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home, Tammy Smart – Director (Shellbrook 306-747-2828).