Rat Pack
Alan James Illies
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 8, 1937
  • Date of passing: Oct 26, 2013
Let the memory of Alan be with us forever

“The Comeback Kid” finally used up the last of his 9 lives when he passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 26. Predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Carol. Loving father of Fred, Tim, Jodi & Michael. Proud Grandfather of Leah, Kevin, Jenna, Krista, Dylan, Samantha, Jeffery, Mikaela, Holly, Madison & Peyton. Survived by brothers Keith and David, and sisters Ruth Anne & Kathy.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Alan moved his family to Toronto in 1973, at the age of 36, and lived the rest of his life here. Alan had a long career in the Graphic Arts industry, followed by a long career of surprising medical professionals with his “energizer bunny” resilience. We’ll miss his gentleness and sense of humour.

A memorial service will be held in Toronto on Thursday Nov 7 at 4:00pm at York Cemetery. 160 Beecroft Rd., (Sheppard and Yonge area). Reception to follow at the same venue.This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Alan Illies, 76, born on October 8, 1937 and passed away on October 26, 2013. We will remember him forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mike Illies on 25th December 2015

"Merry Christmas Pops, Love Mike"

This tribute was added by rachel illies on 26th October 2015

"Hard to believe that it's been two years since you left us, but never forgotten love you always Tim, Rachel, Madison and Peyton
Kawasaki, gingivitis, tonoka"

This tribute was added by tim illies on 8th October 2014

"Dad it's been a year and I still haven't found the right words to describe what you meant to me. If there's a way, then you know how much you are still loved and missed. I am proud to have called you Dad. Happy birthday big guy, I love you."

This tribute was added by Glen Dickout on 7th November 2013

"Alan, you brought so much joy and happiness to the Bridle Manor Co-Op over the years. You pitched on so many committees over the years with your pointed questions and always followed up with a great sense of humor. You will be solely missed by a very grateful neighborhood. RIP Buddy !"

This tribute was added by Krista Illies Lougheed on 6th November 2013

"I’ll miss your “Princiss” & “Punkins”, your strong bear hugs, and the way you made all of us laugh. Love you forever, my Papa Xo … P.S. Thank you for leaving the dinner table to fetch the first tooth I ever lost out of the powder room sink :)"

This tribute was added by Michelle Ross on 5th November 2013

"Tim, we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Love you dear friend."

This tribute was added by Ali N Judy Saleh on 5th November 2013

"Rest in peace and God Bless you Al. 15 years of knowing you and you always made me smile.  I will miss you dearly, you were funny, kind, charming, you had it all Al. You will forever remain in our hearts and that will put the smile on our faces.   With fond memories, Judy Couture"

This tribute was added by rachel illies on 4th November 2013

"You welcomed me with open arms into your heart and your home I will never forget the love and kindness that you showed me.  You always had time to lend an ear when I needed someone to talk to.  Alan you changed my life thank you for everything will miss your smile, your jokes and your love.  Miss you lots big guy!
Love Rachel"

This tribute was added by Jackie Wige on 4th November 2013

"My favorite memory is when you took my sister, Heidi, and I to the park and Heidi fell off the swing and you looked at her and said - Heidi, that's no way to get off the swing.  It was so funny - I loved your sense of humor.  You will be greatly missed and you were loved by so many.  RIP Alan."

This tribute was added by Ali Tunnicliff on 3rd November 2013

"From the first day I met you until your last day I felt your warmth, humour, sincerity and kindness.
I will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Kathy Ratican on 3rd November 2013

"It's been an honor to be part of your family for so many years.  I cherish many memories--many while playing cards and mille borne.  Loved being your partner even tho Jim and Carol took us to the cleaners many times.  You're one of a kind--the best kind!"

This tribute was added by darla illies on 29th October 2013

"Uncle Alan,
Your tender love of people and family, and your great sense of humor will always be remembered. Love, darla"

This tribute was added by fred illies on 28th October 2013

"Rest in beautiful peace Alan James Illies. You will be missed by so many. I'm proud to have been your son and I'm grateful for all the things you taught me."

Leave a Tribute:
Invite your family and friends
to visit this memorial:

Subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when others contribute to this memorial.

Click on a photo to enlarge.

This memorial is administered by:

fred illies


Have a suggestion for us?

We are waiting for your feedback!