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General · 16th February 2012
Allen Perkins & Chris Toulmin
Sunday February 12th at approximately 6am lifelong Granite Bay resident Alan Luoma, whose family settled in Granite Bay in the 1900's, died of complications due to COPD.

The Luomas were one of three Finnish families to settle in Granite Bay at the turn of the 19th century. Al was the last descendant of these families to remain in Granite Bay. His passing is the end of an era.

As a lifelong resident, Al witnessed the many changes in Granite Bay. He was the go-to person for the influx of the "back to the land" movement in the late 60's and 70's. Al educated numerous city kids about life in the country.

His house became Granite Bay Central, with a bulletin board by the front door and a pool table in the living room. Games were 25 cents each and beer was also available. It was during this time that he earned his nickname "The Mayor".

Al had many careers: logger, ferry worker,
manager of a freight company, seller of smoked salmon, and maker of astological charts. At the time of his death he was wharfinger of the Granite Bay dock.

Al is survived by three siblings and his partner Sue Clark, who is currently in hospital recovering from a coronary.

Al's passing leaves a void in Granite Bay life. No longer will we see him patrolling the Road on his daily rounds. He was one of a kind.

In 2010 Al self-published a book about his life entitled "Born to the Wilds". This photo of him, courtesy of Nina Toulmin, is from the cover.