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Louis Ely Allen

July 15, 1927 - August 19, 2020

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New Waterford

Louis Allen said that he “never expected to live this long” but kept surprising himself until he died peacefully in his sleep in his 94th year.

Louis was born in New Waterford to Hyman Isaac “Ikey” and Rose (Epstein) Allen. He grew up in, what he considered, the greatest town, with the greatest sisters, Nettie (Norma) and Tootsie (Faye),amongst the greatest friends in the world. He worked in his parents’ grocery store from the age of seven and took over the business himself in 1947,eventually opening Waterford Supermarket and, after retirement from the grocery business, Triple S Auto Salvage.

In 1966, he married Sylvia Dubinsky, his card playing equal, and they had their Little Louies… Jonathan (Ellen), Steven(Rachelle), Roselyn (Chris) and Shayna (Darren) – all of whom inherited a deck of cards and Louis’ charm. Although Sylvia was from a very musical family,Louis was not and unfortunately, his children inherited their voices from him as well. Despite this, he loved to sing and make up songs about his kids and grandkids from tunes from the Big Band Era.

He was known around New Waterford as a very generous person, belonging to service organizations including, Lion’s Club,Rotary, Masonic Lodge and Shriners and supporting the town with groceries throughout the miners’ strikes and beyond. He was equally as active in the Jewish Community, awarded for his activities with B’nai Brith, and remaining a member of Temple Sons of Israel Synagogue in Sydney until his death.

He was renowned for his athleticism in his youth, especially enjoying rugby and baseball, and later, curling and harness racing. Even in his senior years, he watched basketball, baseball and hockey avidly. This physical ability and love of sport was passed on to most of his kids,except the klutz who he loved anyway.

Louis’ love of sport was equal to his love of his hometown, of which he had an encyclopedic knowledge. Into his 90s he would speak of New Waterford’s history during Coal Dust Days, even celebrating Louis Allen Day at the NW Historical Society. Every trip out to the doctor or the store was fascinating as he would connect whoever we met with their family’s past and to relatives they never knew they had. His memory was incredible and a great resource is lost with him.

Surpassing his love of sport and his home town was his love of family. Louis was so happy to see all his children settled, and to see his grandkids through milestones he never thought he’d live to see. Bob, Asher, Trudy, Hazel, Ally, Brendan, Maks, Ethan and Manny were his greatest achievements. He would talk to his kids every day, always checking in, and would make sure to ask Shayna to bring him more candy for his caregivers.

The family would like to thank the staff at Parkland for making a home for Louis these past few years, and his girls at Homecare before that. One of the testaments of Louis’ charm was that, even into his 90s, he was still making new friends – though he missed so many from his past.

Thank you to the Parkland Third Floor Staff, Dr. Azer, and all the caregivers who went above and beyond in their duties to make Louis feel at home. Thank you especially to Velma whom he trusted implicitly.

Unfortunately, due to COVID19, many people who would like to celebrate Louis’ life cannot come to Cape Breton so a larger public service will be held in the future. Private funeral arrangements have been made through Sydney Memorial Chapel with interment at the Hebrew Cemetery.Shiva announcements are upcoming.

Besides his parents, Louis was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Sylvia, and sister and brother-in-law Nettie and Nate Simon,brother-in-law Ike David and sisters-in-law Evelyn Carnat and Helen Dubinsky. He will be remembered lovingly by his sister, Faye David, his children,grandchildren, his brothers-in-law Leon Dubinsky (Beth), Leslie Dubinsky(Josine), Barrie Carnat, and numerous nieces and nephews. All of us will continue to recount Louis stories, and there are many, imitating his deep,gruff voice and straightforward manner.

And, as Louis would say on all of our voicemails “Sorry I missed you. Talk to you later. Over and out!”

Words of comfort can be sent to the family at www.sydneymemorialchapel.ca or e-mail sydneymemorialchapel@ns.sympatico.ca

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