Small, Dr. Alan Anderson

Alan Small of Thornbury passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the age of 89.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife Antonia in 1998.

Alan was the much loved father of Alan Small Jr. of Collingwood, John Small of Port Elgin, and David Small of Port Franks.

He was the wonderful grandpa of Finlay, Fraser, William, Emerson, and Antonia.

Alan was predeceased by his brothers Fraser Creveling Small and William Keane Small.

He will be remembered for his love of Big Band music, classic movies and trivia; as well as his acting talents having performed in multiple shows as a cast member of the Meaford Town Hall Players. Alan also enjoyed hiking and cross-country skiing; venturing out with family and friends, always accompanied by Ginger the family dog, to Kolapore or the Loree Forest trails.  He loved the water, having spent his childhood summers at his parents’ waterfront cottage in Meaford, known as ‘Gull Lodge’, and his later years at his home in Thornbury.  He loved nothing more than to sit on his back deck with a cigarette and coffee, enjoying the sailboats, the waves, and the beauty of Georgian Bay.

A private service of committal and interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


Private family service of committal and interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford at a later date.

Donations: Georgian Triangle Humane Society or a charity of your choice.
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Kelly
    Thursday, January 30, 2020

    Al, John and David,
    Thinking of you all today. I’ll never forget your dad chasing us off the roof of “gull lodge” way back in grandview drive days (it was the ultimate hiding spot on what we called Small’s lot). By the 5th time, I was “ sorry, mr. small..” your dad was “ it’s DR SMALL!) whoops. I always had a good chat with both your parents. I trust they are happy together again. Much love,

  2. David Wilmot
    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    I learned belatedly of Alan’s death. He was one of my great boyhood friends, and I was delighted on my one visit to Thornbury to find that his sons were the adventurers we’d hoped to become. I haven’t known anyone else so devoted to family, or whose devotion was better placed.


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