McALLISTER, William Andrew Mitchell.

Sadly on Nov. 2, 2014 William Andrew Mitchell McAllister, 89, passed away with his loving wife, Bernice at his side. From Dunoon, Scotland, Bill joined the 1st British Airborne Division at the age of 17. He participated in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem - a "Bridge Too Far" Sept. 1944. He was dropped behind enemy lines and would never have survived without the assistance of the Dutch people he was fighting to protect and the evacuation efforts of the 23rd Field Company of the Canadian Engineers. His book "A Time to Remember" has given his family insight into the horrors of war and the immense courage and conviction of those involved. After the war he immigrated to BC, played professional soccer for Vancouver then Victoria and worked for the Queens Printers. He rejoined the military and spent many years in Coaching and Physical Education for the Canadian Armed Forces and the three Royal Military Colleges in Canada. He coached the Canadian National Soccer Team in the 1970's. After retirement from the military he worked for the B.C. Gov't in Sports and Recreation before retiring and settling back to Victoria in the late 1980s. In 1991 he was inducted in to the Sports Hall of Fame in Ottawa for his contributions to Boxing and Soccer in Canada. He was an Honorary Member of the Canadian Soccer Association. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his three daughters, Lynn (Ross), Sharon (CJ) and Sandy (Mike) as well as his grandchildren, Katie, Brianna, Tracy, Amy and Brad. Special thanks to Dr. Moseley and the staff of Lower North at George Derby Center in Burnaby, BC. for keeping him comfortable during his final days. He will rest with his comrades in the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek Holland, a place of peace and tranquility, as he described it. In lieu of flowers, donations please c/o Mr. G. Melter, First Ontario Credit Union, 486 Upper Sherman Ave., Hamilton, On. L8V 3L8, in Bill's name, to the Nathan Cirillo Memorial Fund, the soldier who gave his life defending the Veterans Memorial in Ottawa.Scotland, Bill joined the 1st British Airborne Division at the age of 17. He participated in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of Arnhem - a "Bridge Too Far" Sept. 1944. He was dropped behind enemy lines and would never have survived without the assistance of the Dutch people he was fighting to protect and the evacuation efforts of the 23rd Field Company of the Canadian Engineers. His book "A Time to Remember" has given his family insight into the horrors of war and the immense courage and conviction of those involved. After the war he immigrated to BC, played professional soccer for Vancouver then Victoria and worked for the Queens Printers. He rejoined the military and spent many years in Coaching and Physical Education for the Canadian Armed Forces and the three Royal Military Colleges in Canada. He coached the Canadian National Soccer Team in the 1970's. After retirement from the military he worked for the B.C. Gov't in Sports and Recreation before retiring and settling back to Victoria in the late 1980s. In 1991 he was inducted in to the Sports Hall of Fame in Ottawa for his contributions to Boxing and Soccer in Canada. He was an Honorary Member of the Canadian Soccer Association. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his three daughters, Lynn (Ross), Sharon (CJ) and Sandy (Mike) as well as his grandchildren, Katie, Brianna, Tracy, Amy and Brad. Special thanks to Dr. Moseley and the staff of Lower North at George Derby Center in Burnaby, BC. for keeping him comfortable during his final days. He will rest with his comrades in the Airborne Cemetery in Oosterbeek Holland, a place of peace and tranquility, as he described it. In lieu of flowers, donations please c/o Mr. G. Melter, First Ontario Credit Union, 486 Upper Sherman Ave., Hamilton, On. L8V 3L8, in Bill's name, to the Nathan Cirillo Memorial Fund, the soldier who gave his life defending the Veterans Memorial in Ottawa.

RMC Staff 1958 (Click)

Naden and RRMC 1972 (Click)