Sadly, Harold Mac Allen has
passed away January 27, 2020.
One of a kind
was always ready to be involved in the training of locomotive engineers.
His kind and gentle manner influenced everyone who had the opportunity
to work with him.
He enjoyed working on the railway and was
grateful to be considered as a friend. Brother Mac was an active member
of Division 295 throughout his life, which included 10 years as the
Division President. He knew the value of a letter and was always ready
to lend a helping hand to those in need.
He was one of a kind and
will be missed.
We will post details as they become available.
Richard Moffat President Division 295 Teamsters Canada Rail
Harold Macdonald "Mac" Retired Locomotive Engineer - made his "last run"
on January 27, 2020 - passing away peacefully in Toronto at the age of 88
years. Mac is survived by his wife of 50 years, Violet Allen, and
brother, Robert Allen. Predeceased by his 7 other siblings – Howard,
Audrey, Edna, Donald, Ken, Margaret-Jane and Gerald. Cherished Uncle of
many nieces and nephews and treasured friend to many. Born to Edith and
James Allen, and raised in Britt, Ontario, Mac followed in his father's
footsteps and gained employment with the Canadian Pacific Railway during
his teenage years. He was one of the dwindling numbers of remaining
railroaders that had worked on steam locomotives and later took the
transition to diesels in stride. Mac took pride in himself, the CPR, his
crew and, of course, his locomotive. He will be remembered for how well
he cleaned the cab before each run. Mac was actively involved in the
Union, and was President of BLE Division 295 for 10 years. He was always
there to help, to listen or advise his fellow enginemen and was a patient
and encouraging teacher and mentor to new locomotive engineers. After 47
years of service with CPR, Mac retired on March 30, 1994. Mac was a true
gentleman, optimist, storyteller and conversationalist who could connect
with members of all generations. His loss will leave a huge void in the
Allen family, but his legacy will live on through the beautiful memories
he has left us with. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Mactier Railroad Heritage Society,
South Simcoe Railway Foundation or a charity of choice would be greatly