Thornton, Alan (2022-03-26)
In Loving Memory of

Alan Thornton

1949 - 2022

Obituary of Alan Thornton

It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of Alan "A.C.E" Thornton on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the St. Catharines General Hospital at the age of 72. Alan leaves behind his wife and friend Linda, his daughter Tiffany Barkshire (Scott Avery), his grandchildren Isabel, Michael and Bryce, his sisters Bev Allison (Bob), Shelley Coulombe and Lynn Climenhage (Howie), who was like a sister, his nieces Christal Stevens (Michael) and Tracey Allison and nephews Andrew Coulombe (Stacy) and Nicholas Coulombe, as well as other nieces, nephews and cousins. Alan was welcomed home by his parents Robert Charles "Charlie" Thornton and Reta Lorena Thornton (née Schaubel) and by his brother Bob (Ellen).

Alan was hard working with a great work ethic. He spent a lot of time trying to provide for his family. When he wasn't working he enjoyed bowling and was part of many leagues in the Niagara Region. He was an amazing procrastinator, except when it came to fishing! A.C.E and his family spent many summer vacations at SunnyMead Cottages near Rice Lake and that is where you could find Alan, on the lake! Alan really enjoyed working as a delivery driver for NAPA Auto Parts, and he couldn't wait to get better so he could go back.
His sense of humor and joking ways will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the Greater Niagara General Hospital and NHS- St. Catharines Site and the dialysis nurses at both locations for their care and compassion during this difficult time.

In keeping with Alan's wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905 354 2133) A private family interment will take place at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences can be shared on Alan's tribute page found at

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Tim Poole
11 months ago

Sorry to hear of ACE’s passing.

We did some business together way back and I enjoyed many conversations with him.


Ken Johnston
1 year ago

Uncle Dickie Doo, I will miss all the times we played darts, golf, bowled , went to Blue Jays games and Buffalo bills games, we spent many years in each others company and I am glad I was there to see you bowl 300 to help our team win the league. I have too may wonderful memories to mention. Rest well my friend!! I will forever carry my moniker ” The Dwarf” as you aptly named me.

Sandra Hamilton
1 year ago

I grew up beside Akan, Beverly and Shelley. I know Alan very well. He worked for Joe and I always remember him working on lawnmowers with Joe Born and he would always come in and have his lunch. Alan always loved to fish. My thoughts and prayers are with Beverly and Shelley. He was a great man. Rest in Peace 🙏🙏

The Sewell’s/NAPA Family
1 year ago

Our deepest condolences to Ace’s family and friends. Ace was such a caring man who wore a smile ear to ear. He loved his job and it showed in the way he presented himself to the customers. He was a well dressed, well respected man with the Sewell’s/NAPA logo always on his chest. Bless you Ace. Thank you for all your hard work. You are a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by our Sewell’s/NAPA family.

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Bob (Sarge) and Sherry Alexander
1 year ago

Our prayers are with you and your family at this time ACE was a great guy and a good bowler I used to look forward to our games He had a great sense of humor and always had a joke or two to lighten things up he will be truely missed

Steve &Sherri Lew
1 year ago

Our deepest condolences on your loss. Ace will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Tracey Allison
1 year ago

The best memories of uncle Al is that of Sunnymead. The picture is clear with that big smile on his face when he came in fishing with the boys.. until the girls came in from singing and catching the most and biggest fish! He was a great fisherman and a great uncle. He will be missed so much.



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