Allan Trudell

Allan Trudell passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving wife Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 after a brief illness. He will be forever loved and forever remembered by all who knew him.  He was survived by his wife Karen L. Givens (Trudell). Father of Monique L. Givens, (Michael Tucker), Matthew Trudell (Tracey Eckmeir), Mike Trudell and stepson (Brenden Givens). Grandfather of Ryker, Beau, Carter, Step grandchildren – Bryson, Devon, Dillion, Carlee. Brother of Gail Pratt, (Late Keith), Jim Trudell (Betty), Larry Trudell, Jeff Trudell (Doris), Janet Bond (Brent), Ann Trudell (Dean), Predeceased by Jack Trudell, Gary Butler (Stephanie), David Butler (Lynda), Dan Butler (Jennifer), Gayle Butler (Arturo).

Al married the woman of his dreams, Karen married her hero. He wore a cape but didn’t need a phonebooth…he truly was her Superman. The love and laughter shared between them was so deep and admired by so many, most will never experience that kind of love in a lifetime. Some might say their love story is one in a million. He loved spending time with his daughter, Monique and stepson Brenden in Texas. Hanging out, relaxing and enjoying a glass of red wine together. Al enjoyed hockey with his boys, especially attending Red Wings games in Detroit. He loved being “fun” grandpa to all his grandchildren watching them grow, play and just being silly. He was so loved by his brothers and sisters, the love that they had for each other was unbreakable. They were always there for him, attending every gig that they could. They were so close that for each birthday (all 8 of them) always managed to celebrate a birthday together no matter whose home it was at.

Al had a passion for music and his voice was heard throughout the music community in many areas such as Chatham, Windsor, Sarnia, Detroit, Port Huron & surrounding areas. His influence and encouragement was felt by many. Hard work and dedication to his instrument, singing and song-writing was inspiring to all.

To know him was to love him and that was seen in all aspects of his life. Friendship meant the world to Al, he valued each and everyone. Being his friend was easy, he let you be you with no judgements. Always there with his spontaneous sense of humour, contagious laugh bringing endless smiles and so much fun that you never wanted the moment to end. Al always had a smile on his face, a joke on his lips, a song in his heart all of which will be truly missed and never forgotten.

Due to Covid, funeral is by invitation only and in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation the Cancer Society.

A public Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.



20 Comments on “Allan Trudell”

  1. Sending lots of love and hugs to the Trudell family. Special prayers and healing vibes to Matt, Michael and your Mom. Remembering when you were born Matt and everyone was so excited.!! Then came along Michael and excitement again. Your Dad was hard working and very talented man and we spent a lot of time in Chatham with you guys in the summer and lots of fun!! Through the years we lost track of him but never forgot about him!! May he RIP . Take care and we are and will be thinking of you tomorrow. Love and hugs to you and your family. Aunt Helen and Uncle Ken

  2. We are so sorry to hear of Alan’s passing. He was always so kind, so funny, and the life of the party. He was such a talent and brought joy to everyone around him. So glad he finally found his true love again. We will always remember him with fond memories.

  3. Al sang at our wedding when Colleen and I were married including a beautiful rendition of “You are so beautiful” at my request. My condolences to all of Al’s family. You will be greatly missed.
    Paul and Colleen.

  4. Prayers go out to Al’s family he will be missed love listening to him and the band at the bar

    Marsha Latimer

  5. Al would always come across a room and say hello to us no matter where we were . And I enjoyed his voice and his lead guitar. We will miss you Al.
    With love Gladys & Cary Blais

  6. A true friend to me… always kind … loved by family and friends … always in tune. I will miss your smile Al.
    Victor Lesniak

  7. We were just getting to know and love Al through Karen when he came to Texas. He easily won our respect at family functions and our love through his easy laughter and conversation.. We were looking forward to seeing him more often. It’s obvious he left a legacy of love and will be deeply missed. Condolences to his family in Canada and in Texas.

  8. My condolences to Als family and friends. I remember Al as a young teenager practicing guitar in his Moms livingroom and his stint as the house band at the Red Barrel room at the Wheels Inn. A lot of years have gone by and he was loved by many. R.I.P. Allan

  9. Condolences to Karen & all the family, another of Chatham’s finest sons has gone ahead of us all. As the old hymn cry’s out “ Life like an ever moving Stream takes all her son’s away” we feel this awful pain in the heart. “Why so much” ? because Al was a man of gentleness & kindness , I find myself reflecting so much these past few days on my youth hanging with him playing different places enjoying the man & his music, never heard another soul say a negative word about time around him , a true Prince amongst men, see you soon Al.

  10. I am Karen’s Mother and I never had the chance to me Al. He sounds like a wonderful man. I’m sorry that I didn’t have the chance to meet him. I feel so bad for the people that have had the chance to be with him in his life. I know that my daughter is glad that she got to spend the last years with him. Life goes on and she will too. But she will have the memories to help her adjust to the rest of her life. I hope I will see her soon in Texas. I love you Karen.

  11. Thoughts of McKeough School and then High School days long ago.

    Al was always friendly… honorable Man….

    Paying my respects to Janet, and all family members.

  12. Condolences to the Trudell family.
    Thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Mary Guttridge & Family

  13. I am so sad to hear that Al suffered with cancer and that it took his life. Although I had not seen him since I moved away from Chatham when I was 18 years old, I can see him clearly in my mind’s eye. Such a crush I had on the handsome singer! Fantastic fun nights at the Red Barrel dancing to the music of Friends. For some reason, Al would often approach me at the end of the night and ask if I needed a ride home. I always accepted and we would talk on the drive and then I would head inside. No attempt at a kiss, always a gentleman. Not sure why he offered, I was always with friends, but it made me feel special and I loved it.
    Liz, Pat, Diana and I spent many a night listening to Al sing and of course dancing dancing dancing. Thanks for the joy you brought to so many of us as teenagers. Some of my best memories were created on nights out with my friends and with ‘Friends’ in the background. I wish I would have told him. Hopefully he knew. Rock on sweet man.

  14. So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I know he will missed by all that knew him.

  15. Our friend down the street…from road hockey to scrub baseball at Lions Park..the Red Barell at the Wheels and Bayside at Erieau…Trudell family remember all the good times…the Gilbert family send their condolences

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