Alan W. McTavish — Rochester

Alan W. McTavish, 74, of Rochester, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Fairview Nursing Home in Dodge Center.

Alan Wade McTavish was born Oct. 30, 1939, to Robert and Bernice (Break) McTavish in London, Ontario, Canada.Alan graduated from RCC Institute of Technology in Toronto, Canada, with a degree in electronic engineering in 1964. He started work for IBM in Toronto, Canada, in 1966, as a computer engineer. Alan was transferred to IBM Rochester in 1979 for a three-year project where he worked in software development. In 1982, he transferred to a permanent position at IBM Rochester and worked there until his retirement from IBM in 1993. Alan continued to work as a software developer after his retirement from IBM when he hired on as a consultant for Analyst International Corporation in 1995. It was during this time that he met his wife, Judy, and they married in 2001. Alan retired from AiC in 2006 and he and his wife, Judy spent their retirement traveling by RV across the U.S.

Alan loved bird watching, woodcarving, camping, fishing, kayaking and sailing.

Alan is survived by his wife, Judy; two sons, Michael of Alberta, Canada, James of Alberta, Canada; daughter, Christine Niro of Ontario, Canada; three stepchildren, Patricia Badger of Mantorville, Michael Tapanila of St. Paul and Brian Tapanila of Red Wing; two brothers, Dan and Grant; and a sister, Ruth Barlow; and 13 grandchildren.

Private family services will be at a later date.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place N.W., Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, .