In Memoriam

A headshot of Allan John Achtem with short white hair.
Allan John Achtem, LLB’63
April 14, 1934 - May 15, 2024

It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Allan John Achtem at the age of 90 on May 15, 2024, in his home. Allan was born on April 14, 1934, to Bill and Mary Achtem in Chipman, Alberta, and grew up in Edmonton. Predeceased by his two younger brothers, Ed and Don, Allan is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Sylvia, and his beloved daughter, Christine.

Allan's journey began at the University of Alberta, after which he made the life-changing decision to move to Vancouver to pursue law studies at UBC. He always cherished Vancouver, often remarking it was the best decision of his life. He especially loved being close to the water.

A man of many talents and interests, Allan was an entrepreneur and social organizer. He founded two ski shops, a restaurant, and a night club, and operated a ski lodge at Mt. Baker. His passion for skiing and community led him to establish the Inside Edge Ski Club and promote volleyball at English Bay. And of course, he could often be seen enjoying a glass of wine or a gin and tonic.

With the support of his wife, Sylvia, Allan focused on building a successful law practice. Later, he moved into real estate development, where he made significant contributions, including the development of the Aldergrove Shopping Centre and Willow Creek Estates.

Allan was an avid tennis player and a well-loved member of the Hollyburn Country Club, where he formed many lifelong friendships. He also found great joy in gardening, spending countless hours nurturing his plants and creating beautiful outdoor spaces.

Known for his kind and gentle soul, Allan touched the lives of many with his warmth and sense of humour. His absence will be deeply felt by his family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him. Allan’s legacy of love, kindness, and good humour will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

A black and white portrait photo of Allan John Achtem with black hair in formal dress.