Peacefully, on October 7, 2012 at the Ottawa Hospital in his 86th.year. Son of the late George and Lida (Walker) Loughrey.  Dear brother of Noreen(John) McMillan. Predeceased by his beloved wife Marjorie (Brown) Loughrey. Respected and loved father of Ann (Tim Bowman) and Ned (Christi nee Glover). Grandfather of Sarah and Carolyn Bowman and Sam, Jack and Charlie Loughrey.  Alan combined a deep and abiding interest as a naturalist with a career including the role of Director General of the Canadian Wildlife Service. Growing up in London, ON, he became Recording Secretary of the McIlwraith Ornithological society at 16 after choosing to admire the beauty of warblers rather than practice his BB gun skills.  His interest led to a BSC from UWO and an MSc in 1951 from the University of Michigan. That same year the lure of the high Arctic beckoned and he took a position as wildlife biologist for the Eastern Arctic for the Department of the Interior. He took the year 1955-56 to work on his PhD, but the call of the Arctic was too strong and he returned there.  He loved his work which included ground breaking studies of walrus and caribou. He cherished the many friendships and memories that were part of his adventures in the North for over 10 years. Following a courtship that began in Churchill, he married Marjorie in 1961 and they settled in Ottawa. The remainder of his career reflected the impact of advocating for the conservation of endangered species and their habitat through establishing national parks and his role in whooping crane and peregrine falcon preservation. Alan encouraged his family to follow in his love of the outdoors with summers on the Gatineau and skiing in the winter. He also quietly supported equal opportunities for the strong women in his life. We cherish memories of his dry sense of humour, incisive observations and as a raconteur of an adventurous life. His family wishes to give special thanks to his supporters and friends following Marjorie’s death: Alicja and Sander, Marcia and Linda. More recently, Alan greatly enjoyed his brief stay and the companionship at Colonel By Retirement Residence.  Family and friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor) on Friday, October 12 from 5-8pm.  A Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel on Sunday, October 14 at 1pm followed by a reception in the McGarry Family Reception Centre.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (1-800-465-8005) would be appreciated by the family.

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