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Alton and Gertrude raised three daughters in a stable and loving home.

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They built a cottage in Matlock which they shared and enjoyed with their whole family up until last year. Dad was a wonderful grandfather.

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He had a gift for making children laugh and feel loved. His kind and gentle teasing will be forever missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Alton became Lutheran when he married Gertrude in He attended church faithfully and sang in the bass section of the choir in each church he belonged to. Alton belonged to Grace Lutheran Church for the last 45 years. He was also considered a grandfather by Aaron, Brooke and Skye from Montreal. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Dear Winnipeg Relatives: I am so sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. He was always so cheery and had a big smile on his face. I also remember his beautiful roses, blooming so well, because he used to bury his fish scraps in that part of the garden. How smart. I am thinking of you. Pat and I were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Alton Knoll. We have been friends with Al and Trudy since we first met some fifty three years ago and subsequently have enjoyed many hours of visiting, travelling, playing table games, and going to church together.

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We will miss his gentle nature, quiet sense of humour and all the things that was Al. He was a witness to his faith, having attended church services regularly and singing in the choir for years, faithfully and with dedication.

Alton will truly be missed. My most sincere condolences to the Knoll family. May your fond memories sustain you all during this challenging time. I will remember Mr. After the war, Alton studied at the University of British Columbia. He started out in engineering but when UBC opened a new school of architecture, he found his calling he thought engineering might take him away from home a lot, and he had had enough of that during the war.


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He and Grace settled in Vancouver, where he eventually started his own architecture firm and where they raised their children, Ken and Rhonda. It was a few years before he had time for music again, so Alton's saxophone found a home under the bed. Fortunately some musical neighbours persuaded him to dust off the instrument and they would go on to perform together for more than 40 years as the Gaslight Band male members dressed in tuxedos, women in evening gowns , playing big band music. Along with music, Alton had a great interest in his Norwegian heritage and the history of his family, which grew to include two grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

He was an active member of the Sons of Norway, a fraternal organization that promotes Norwegian culture and heritage, and rarely missed a family reunion.

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Using the blueprint paper that is the hallmark of the architect's profession, he drew up a large family tree, which he shared with relatives. This blueprint became an invaluable basis for further research for many of us. Alton's enthusiasm, story telling, and kindness is missed by his family, friends and band mates.

He played his last gig at his assisted-living residence in Surrey, on New Year's Eve in , at the age of This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. Click here to subscribe. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters globeandmail. Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter. Read our community guidelines here.

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