KNIGHT, Allan C.

Allan C. Knight


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November 3, 1924 – Souris, Manitoba

October 25, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta


Mr. Knight was born and raised in Souris, Manitoba during the Great Depression of the Thirties. He completed high school and entered the University of Manitoba during the early years of the Second World War. After two years of university where he was a Governor General’s Medalist, and the war situation becoming darker, his academic career was interrupted when he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces through the Canadian Officers’ Training Corps (COTC). He then served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Artillery until the war ended in 1945. Returning to university, he graduated in Geology with a B.Sc. in 1948.


After graduating, Mr. Knight had a long and successful professional career as a geologist and manager. He worked in northern Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec in the mining industry. He later returned to university for post graduate studies before coming out west to Alberta and entering the petroleum industry.


During his long career in the petroleum business, he held many significant positions, both in North America and abroad, culminating in his career as President of Wilshire Oil of Canada.


Mr. Knight was prominent in sporting activities, both as a participant and as an organizer. He played for and managed touring baseball teams in Ontario and the Western Prairies during the Forties and Fifties. He was also active in hockey, football and curling, both as a player and manager in his earlier years.


Although living in Calgary for the greater part of his life, he remained a strong supporter and fan of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in football, and the Edmonton Oilers in hockey.


Mr. Knight was a long-time member of the Calgary Petroleum Club where he enjoyed many happy times with friends and colleagues.


Mr. Knight was also prominent in the ranching business, being the owner and operator of a purebred cattle ranch where he lived after retirement.


Mr. Knight is survived by four sons, Allan Jr., Barry, Brian and Terry (Iminda); and two grandsons, Dean (Christie) and Dale, all of the Calgary area. He is also survived by a brother, Dr. Les Knight of Souris, Manitoba; and a sister, Lois Bowman of Winnipeg, Manitoba.


In accordance with Mr. Knight’s wishes, no funeral service will be held.


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In living memory of Allan Knight, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park

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