It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of Alan John Lomax on December 17, 2021, in Kamloops BC. Alan died peacefully in his sleep.
Alan was born in Bury, Lancashire, U.K. on August 5 1953, and grew up in Kitsilano, Vancouver.
He worked as a teacher in the Kamloops School District for over 35 years until his retirement in 2017. Alan found much purpose in his role as a Learning Assistance Teacher, as well as in the time he spent as a Trades and Transition Coordinator. His team worked small miracles, bending rules to get students into trades.
Alan is survived by Teresa; his daughters Krista (Cam) and Emily (Byron), as well as by his mother Irene; his sister Susan (John); his niece Rachel (David) and children Paloma and Ophelia; and his cat, Simon. He is predeceased by his father, John Lomax.
Alan will be dearly missed.
The family will hold a private service. Please consider a donation to the Canadian Red Cross BC flood relief.
I have so many fond memories of Alan at VVS, my condolences to his family, he always was so proud of you all. I will miss his dry humor!
Worked with Al when I first came to VSS. He taught me so much. I soon learned to have my own set of pens and pencils because Al always had one hanging out of the corner of his mouth. Always calm and so helpful with the kids and with his colleagues. Thanks for taking me in Al.
Alan and I worked together at Valleyview and we saw one another frequently as he was just across the hall from me. He loved cruising the hallways with a mug in hand and frequently (daily) enjoyed fine hard cheeses, and dark chocolate, of which he would generously share with me. At times I'd come to my desk to find that, "Lomax had dropped that off for you," commentary from a student, and there it was, a chunk of cheese upon my germ-filled desk. Isn't that just how Alan was though? He didn't sweat the small stuff and got on with what needed doing. He was a sweet and kind soul and I will miss him. Condolances to those who knew him.
Both my wife and I can speak to so many great memories working with Alan out in Chase in the early/mid 90’s. Always a teacher who was a champion for his students and a great colleague to work with. Alan would always have staff over to his house for socials and fun times. I later reunited with Alan at VSS where once again he was continuing his passionate work with students in LAC, Work Experience, and Trades and Transitions. I always appreciated Alan’s support, laughter, and dedication as a colleague and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers for the Lomax family.
Alan was a kind and welcoming man. I remember joining the Trades-n-Transition team at SD 73 and walking into my first meeting. Alan sat next to me and helped me make sense of the reams of paperwork coming my way. Over the years whether we bumped into each other shopping or at an SD 73 event he was always a gentleman. I am very sorry for your loss. Jody
I have many memories of Alan during our working years at VSS. Even after his retirement, he would call and offer support. Recently he came and dropped off bottles for my boys’ and their bottle drive. He had a big heart and I will miss him. Deepest sympathy to all his family. I know how much he loved all of you.
I'm sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family. I have good memories of teaching in Chase when Alan was LART.
Many fond memories of working with him at Valleyview and helping him move from Chase to Kamloops.
I was so very sorry to hear of Alan's passing. My heartfelt condolences to the family who will miss him dearly.