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Community remembers Allen as ‘volunteer of the decade’

Posted: July 18, 2009 7:57 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Sheldon Allen

 

The Sierra Vista Boys & Girls Club in Canyon Country was packed with more than 100 people Saturday as friends and family paid tribute to Sheldon Allen, longtime supporter of the club and other local help organizations.

“Sheldon was the epitome of someone who would do anything for his friends and family,” friend Jim Tweedy said at the memorial service.

Allen, a 42-year resident of Canyon Country, died June 29 after a long illness. He was 77.

Allen was a longtime Boys & Girls Club supporter and former William S. Hart Union High School District trustee. He also served on the Red Cross Disaster Team in 1993 and volunteered for the Canyon High School Boosters Club. In 1995 he was named Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year.

Speakers at the memorial steered away from mournful comments, instead offering fond memories of Allen and the contributions he and his wife made.

“It is said: The more a man services others, the more he will be missed — and Sheldon served lots of others and will be missed,” said Gary Condie, a certified public accountant who is also involved in local nonprofit organizations.

The service included a flag presentation by members of the U.S. Navy, which Allen served for four years; a eulogy from Tweedy; and a slide show produced by Boys & Girls Club staff.

Tony Newhall of the Santa Clarita Valley Man and Woman of the Year Committee praised Allen’s service, as did representatives from the American Red Cross and the Boys & Girls Club.

Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club, said the location for the service was appropriate.

Allen had served on the board of directors during campaigns for the club’s two buildings,  the Sierra Vista club in 2003 and the Newhall club 1992.

“To describe Sheldon and Pat Allen — they were our volunteers of the decade in the ’90s,” Ventress said.

“We have many great volunteers in Santa Clarita, but to single out two people for a decade — that says it.”

 

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