Afra Rogan – A West End Woman

April 25th, 2016

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Afra Marie Lucinda Rogan (née Allison) was born in Vancouver’s West End and lived her life there surrounded by the large Allison family. Born the tenth of eleven children, Afra quickly developed an excellent sense of humour and a bubbly personality.

In high school she became friends with Robert (Bob) Kenny, a West End boy. The two friends shared a mutual belief that life was to be lived joyfully, to the fullest and both became major supporters of St. Paul’s later in life.

Afra worked for the Lloyds’s of London Register of Shipping in Vancouver’s Marine Building for her entire career. She married an Englishman, John Rogan, and the couple took up traveling extensively: usually to Europe and most often to England.

Afra and her sisters with Bob Kenny in front of St. Paul's.

Afra and her sisters with Bob Kenny in front of St. Paul’s.

Afra and John, with their pet budgies, lived in West End apartments for their entire lives and, naturally, St. Paul’s played an important role in their lives over the years.  Many in the extended Allison family came to St. Paul’s when the need arose, and her sister, Inez Rose Allison, even got married in the chapel at St. Paul’s while hospitalized with appendicitis!

Providing a future gift to support St. Paul’s, through a gift in will, was something of a tradition for Afra’s friends and family. Not only did Bob Kenny provide for St. Paul’s through a gift in his will, but so did another of Afra’s sisters, Joyce Allison. Through her own will, Afra left a gift to support the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s – a place where she said goodbye to three sisters and several friends.

Afra led a joyful life, and we are truly grateful that she included St. Paul’s as part of her family and left a gift to help us care for others. We remember her with respect and affection.

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