Allan  Ashley McManus passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the age of 91. Allan was born in Colgate Saskatchewan to parents Ruby Laura (Shaw) and Hamilton McManus. He moved with his family to the Stratford area in 1936. He had many jobs in his early life including iceman, mailman, helping to raise  the tent in the early days of the Stratford Festival and driving bus for the family business, McManus Coach Lines. Allan had a love for horses and in the 1950s began training and racing standardbred horses. His passion for racing eventually  lead to him to his career as a Presiding Judge for the Ontario Racing Commission. Allan enjoyed many years of judging racing across Canada from Quebec west to British Columbia. Allan was a talented artist who painted, drew and created many amazing carvings. He was fortunate to be able to travel and had many memorable seasons at the cottage at Wildwood with family and friends. Allan was predeceased by his loving wife Helen Louise (Sturdy) in January 2020. He will be missed dearly by his four children, Brenda (Jack Edwards), Alanna Maureen (Steve Hosking), Britt (Leslie), Jody (Randy Coulombe). Allan was a cherished “Gramps” to Cincy Edwards (Malcolm), Matthew Edwards (Katie), Brooke Read (Mark), Nick Hosking (Hannah), Mira Coulombe, Macy Coulombe and six precious great- grandchildren. Allan is survived by his three loving siblings Vivian Thompson (Barry deceased), Milton McManus (Margaret Joan) and Barry McManus (Barbara deceased). A celebration of Allan’s life will take place in the New Year. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Stratford General Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron St., Stratford, 519-271-7411.


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