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Born at St. John’s in March, 1897, J. W. Allan is the son of William J. and Josephine (Condon) Allan. He was educated at St. Patrick’s Hall and St. Bonaventure’s College, and having served a short apprenticeship with a city importer and the General Post Office entered the employ of the Furness Withy Company in 1916.
The new manager had hardly time to settle down into his position when World War Two broke out, a time that was not only to try mens’ souls but also to be very difficult for managers of shipping companies. But J. W. Allan rose to the occasion, as his nautical forbears had before him, and his exceptional services over and above his regular task earned him the O.B.E. awarded in 1941. The honor was bestowed “in recognition of active co-operation in arranging for the despatch of naval, military and air recruits, loggers and mercantile marine ratings, and of the capable and efficient handling of many local shipping problems. In connection with his wartime activities he also received in 1947 a commendation from the Dutch Government signed by Princess Juliana for services to Dutch seamen in Newfoundland.
He was President of the St. John’s Curling Association in 1936 and was President of the Newfoundland Curling Association (1951?) which includes St. John ‘s and Corner Brook.
J.W. Allan, O.B.E. of St. John’s, Newfoundland was was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974 as one of the first presidents of provincial associations.