Allan “Al” Alward


Allan “Al” Ivan Alward passed away peacefully at the age of 61 in his home, surrounded by family and friends, on Tuesday June 15, 2021. He will be dearly missed by his wife Sandie (nee Vaile). Al was the proud father of Ryan Odette (Brie), Kayla Thibault (JP) and Gary George. His granddaughter Sienna Thibault could always make Al smile and his fur baby Mac was a faithful companion.

Born in Chatham in 1959 to Ivan and Betty Alward (nee Raine), Al is survived by brothers Roy (Lisa) and Blake (Chantalle), sister Bonnie Carpenter (Jim) and is predeceased by sisters Beverly Jacques (Russ) and Barbara Rylett (Wayne). He will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews.

Al grew up loving sports and was a star player on the Chatham Diamonds baseball team. A dedicated fan of all sports, he continued to watch and cheer for his favourite teams and wrestlers. Other favourite past times included playing records, trips to Niagara Falls and watching Sunday night movies with Sandie. Al also enjoyed frequenting the Legion and was a proud member and past president of Legion 642 in Chatham.

The family will remember Al with a celebration of his life after cremation has taken place.

48 Comments on “Allan “Al” Alward”

  1. Dear Roy Lisa and family . Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May your memories of Al be of comfort to you in this difficult time.

  2. Roy Lisa and Family
    Expressing heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in this time of sorrow.
    John and Gayle Richardson

  3. Roy,Lisa and family
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your brother. We are thinking if you @ this difficult time.
    Bob & Janice Hogle

    1. Roy and Lisa, Sending condolences and prayers. Remember playing sports with Al and friends on Cross Street. He was a good man.

  4. deepest condolences Sandi. Al fought a tough and long battle with you right alongside of him. May he now rest in eternal peace. Big hugs to you

  5. Both Deb and I send our heartfelt condolences to Sandy and Family for your loss! God bless you all!
    I want to share a closing with the last verse of a song I have done.
    ” There is Peace in where you are, that’s all I need to know, if I listen with my Heart! I will hear you and your laughter once more! I’m just glad you come my way! “

  6. My sincere condolences to Sandie and family on the passing of Al. May he now Rest In Peace . My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob Teeuwen

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sandie, Al was definitely a fighter may he Rest In Peace.

  8. Roy, Lisa and family…. Our deepest condolences for your loss. May you find rest in the comfort that God’s grace gives for such a time as this. We are praying for you.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at the passing of Al. May he rest in peace.

  10. Good memories of Al on the ball diamond, Rotary Park. My thoughts and prayers to Al’s family. May he throw that fastball in heaven

    1. Roy and Lisa, sending thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Prayers for such a good man.

  11. So sorry to hear of Als passing Sandi. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Pauline Zimmer and Jack Goddard

  12. Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Connie Harrison, June Amato and Al Colebrook.

  13. Sandie, our sincere condolences to you. Al fought a long fight and you were always by his side every step of the way. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rick and Lisa Postma

  14. Dear Sandie and Family,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of Al. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Carol Lusk

  15. So sorry for your loss. I was able to see Al when he was walking on Mc Naughton at first I didn’t know it was him til after I passed him. At least he did not give up but know he is free pain.

  16. Roy, Lisa and Family,

    So very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Fond memories of him at Rotary Park…he was quite the ball player! Deepest condolences to you and the entire Alward clan at this difficult time.

  17. Roy, Lisa and family; you have our deepest sympathy. We will hold you in our hearts during this sad time.

  18. So sorry to learn of Al’s passing – such a great guy. Spent many hours on the ball field watching the games with both him and Blake and his Mom and Dad. Thinking of all of you at this sad time. Carol Kelly and family (Chris, Kevin and Kim.

  19. Sandie we are very sad to hear of Al’s passing. We are thinking of you and your family in this difficult time. May your fond memories bring you peace and comfort.

  20. Sending my condolences to the Family. Uncle Al was a wonderful man, unfortunately I didn’t know him all that well but I’m happy we were able to have a little chat over the phone 2 weeks ago. It was great hearing his voice. Dave has many fond memories of Uncle Al playing baseball with his Dad, Bill. Uncle Al has many people greeting him up in the gates of heaven, Grandma, Pup, his sister (my grandma) Beverly, Aunt Barb and my mom Penny (his niece). May he rest in peace xoxoxo

  21. Our condolences go out to his family and friends
    I played baseball with Al and caught a few games of his back in the day,
    Great pitcher and even better person
    RIP Al, I am sure you will be missed by many

  22. Our deepest condolences are sent to Sandie and Roy and Lisa and all the Alward family. Hank drove school bus with Al and we had many
    fun times at the Legion when Al was President. The Friday night trivia games were always fun. May you cherish all your loving memories
    with Al and may he rest in peace.

  23. Roy and Lisa:. So sorry for your loss of a brother and friend. May the memories of good times help you through.

  24. Very sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of playing baseball with Al at Rotary Park. Nobody loved the game more than Al loved the game.

  25. So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. We remember him as a soft spoken, friendly soul from our high school days. Prayers for the family

  26. Sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Our condolences to his family. Nothing but fond memories of our time spent on the diamond.

  27. Ryan and Kayla, My wife and I as well as my family send our condolences to you during this time. Be assured of our thoughts and prayers. Requiescat In Pace, Al.

  28. So sorry to hear of the passing of Al. Our condolences Sandie and Family.

    Tom & Darlene Curwen

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