Alvin Atkinson

Alvin Thomas Atkinson
January 10, 1937 - February 17, 2022

Al passed away peacefully February 17, 2022, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital with his wife Judie and brother Howard at his side and his daughters waiting nearby.
Al was cherished husband of Judie Kathleen (Saunders) for 62 years.
He was born in Sandwich Township, Windsor, the oldest son of Albert Atkinson (deceased 1989) and Vera Atkinson (Barron) (deceased 1969).
Alvin was predeceased by sister Dorothy Atkinson (1937) and sister Verna Clements (2021)
Loving Father of Rebecca (Peter Hansen), Cynthia (Dale Brooke) and Sally-Jo (Daniel Jones).  Loving brother of Howard Atkinson (Linda) (Eva deceased)
Cherished Papa by Jared Karnes, Noah Karnes, Emily Karnes, and Lilianna Jones.  
He is survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Al was a man of many words, opinions and beliefs and he loved sharing them as he dropped in to visit. He was not afraid of hard work, enjoyed working with his hands and helping people with projects.
His fellowship with his “grumpy old men” coffee crew discussing farm life and politics will be sadly missed. He also cherished his many Mennonite friends.         
Al was not afraid to start a business and build its’ worth. In his lifetime he worked with Canadian Pacific Railway, Ingersoll Police, Tillsonburg Police, built A & J Drive-In Restaurant, started the Rebecca Rounds Ranch, and grew Atkinson Timber Products.
He was active with Oxford Trail Riders, Norfolk Saddle Club and Ontario Paint Horse Club. He will be remembered for his travels and for his comical comments as an announcer at the horse shows.
He also loved to show off his waltzing and polka skills with his beautiful wife in his arms.
He was hockey coach for the A & J Apollos, and baseball coach for A & J Angels (women’s team).                                                                                                      
Honouring Alvin’s wishes, there are no funeral arrangements. Memorial donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or VON Sakura House are appreciated and may be made directly, or (by cheque) through Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe St., Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 2J8 who have been entrusted with final arrangements. 
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  • Bob and I were sorry to learn of the passing of Alvin. Judie our sympathies to you and your family as well as Howard and his family.
    Lynne and Bob

    Bob and Lynne Atkinson
  • Sincere condolences In the passing of Alvin. It was always a pleasure to be in his company. I will remember him fondly. Cherish all the wonderful memories and may the days ahead bring you peace and comfort.

    Dede Barker
  • Judie, Sally-Jo. I am sorry for your loss.
    I didn’t see Alvin too much in Zehrs, but when I did I always thought to myself ‘what a nice man’. I am sure he was a wonderful husband and dad.
    It’s never easy. You are in my thoughts.

    Cori Dietrich
  • So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

    Douglas Mikitish
  • Hopefully they have horses in Heaven for you to play with, and you can do it with the freedom of not being in pain. Ride on Al, Ride on!

    Jill DeClark
  • Our sincere condolences Judie and family. Al was a lovely man. We really enjoyed time spent with him at OTR.

    Amy and Doug Klein
  • so sorry for your loss Al was the best boss i ever had at the A&j

    Shirley (clifford) Rutledge
  • Remembering Al and Judie as one of my earliest memories, when I was an ‘underage’ participant at a week of one of their first few years of Rebecca Rounds. Twenty years on, I was running the English version of their Western summer camps at my own riding stables in the Ottawa Valley, and thus always think fondly back to the structure and variety of equine-related activities which I began learning from my time with them. Al was certainly an asset to the community of Tillsonburg and environs, in so many ways, throughout his lifetime. My sympathies to Judie and to the girls. Julie

    Julie Johnson
  • Judy and family,
    Sending our condolences to the whole family Al was a great man and never lacked a storey to tell, he will be greatly missed.
    Carol, Kim Triska

    Kim Triska
  • To Judy and all the family , Larry and I are so very sorry to hear about Al.
    Aunt Judy and Uncle Al .the memories you have given so many kids is worth it’s price in gold.
    Ou condolences to you all Sincerely Nadine and Larry. 🙏💖

    Larry and Nadine Brimner
  • You can remember him only that he is gone,
    Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

    Irene Drozd
  • Very sorry for all the families loss he was a real leader and friend to many Al will be missed.


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