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Allan Maser

MASER, Allan - (1926 - 2018) Allan Maser, one of six brothers in the Canadian forces during the Second World War, has passed away age 92. Allanís life was brushed with good fortune. Born June 25, 1926 in Ottawa to Rabbi Max Maser and Bessie Caplin, he was the ninth of 10 children in a family that struggled to make ends meet on a rabbiís meagre income. Yet, as Allan often said, his early years were happy ones, playing in the streets of Sandy Hill, working in the Byward Market and attending Ottawa Technical School. Among his fondest memories were his motherís love and devotion. When war came, he joined the air force and trained as a wireless air gunner. In all, six of the 10 Maser children were in uniform over the war years. Immediately after, Allan returned to his studies, graduating in 1949 as a member of Carleton Collegeís first class in commerce. He went on to join the Civil Service Commission and then moved to the private sector where he worked for companies such as Imperial Oil and Carling OíKeefe. He eventually struck out on his own, forming a successful consultancy that specialized in salary compensation. His key clients were major mining companies, Inco and Falconbridge among them. Allan was a charming man with a quick wit and a winning smile - traits he used to the full to win the hand of Jane Lyon, who became his wife in 1951. Together, and with the children who followed, they moved around the continent with Allanís job, spending time in Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. With Allanís retirement, they settled in Kingston, Ont. where they opened an antique doll and toy museum in a rambling old house called Polliwog Castle. Jane ran the museum and Allan handled the books. In his final years following Janeís death, Allan moved to the Waterford retirement home where his kindness and good humour made him a favourite of staff and fellow residents. Allan passed away peacefully on Nov. 25 at Kingston General Hospital. He is survived by sons Peter and Michael, and daughter Linda Lesem. No memorial service is planned.13314895
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