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STACEY, Reginald “Weldon”

1921 – Cumberland, BC
2013 – Calgary, AB

Reginald “Weldon” Stacey of Calgary, AB passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at the age of 91 years.

Weldon was born September 16, 1921 in Cumberland, BC and grew up in Luscar, AB. He moved to Edmonton to complete his high school education. Armed with his diploma, at 19 years of age, Weldon enlisted as an air gunner. Shortly after this, he re-mustered as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. His service was mainly in Africa and he completed many dangerous missions as a specialized night fighter pilot, flying over 40 different types of aircrafts. When peace was declared in 1945, Weldon returned to Canada and joined the No. 1 Air-Sea Rescue Squadron in Greenwood, N.S. Like many other pilots, Weldon applied to TransCanada airlines. Unfortunately, the abundant supply of experienced pilots prevented him from being hired. In the years after, Weldon ran many businesses including: mink farming, weight loss product manufacturing, pulp and paper making, flying instruction, and aircraft refuelling. In 1955, he met and married Hester Sylvia Stewart in Victoria, B.C. The couple moved to Calgary in 1961 where Weldon worked for Air Canada in ground operations until retiring as a customer service manager. He maintained his flying license until he was 65 years of age. He purchased 40 acres near Cross Iron Mills mall which was miles outside of Calgary in 1971 where he and Sylvia independently constructed their own home and farm buildings. He raised his two children there and resided in his original home until his death. Weldon spent numerous hours with his children, supporting them in 4-H and showing horses. He and Sylvia were very involved in the Balzac community, and later shared a passion for conservative politics in Alberta. In his later years, he spent even more time with his grandchildren, supporting them in their homeschool endeavors and soccer pursuits. Weldon built and meticulously maintained a full size soccer field on his property that was shared by his grandchildren and community.
He will be remembered as a man with a big smile, a grandparent and parent, a hospitable and loving friend to many people in the communities where he lived, and his dedication to family, friends and country.

Weldon is survived by his daughter Carolyn Gail Stacey; son Donald Weldon (Mary-Louise) Stacey; grandchildren, Michael Weldon, Matthew Donald, Kathleen Mary and Kristin Grace Stacey.

Weldon was predeceased by his wife (Hester) Sylvia Stacey in 2001 and his sister Evelyn Frances Stacey in 1929.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be sent to the Centre Street Church-Airdrie Campus at 3900 2nd Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta T2E 9C1.

In living memory of Weldon Stacey, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: (403) 248-8585.

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  1. Glenda Brian and Brendon Wiens :

    Our deepest sympathy, Weldon was a wonderful man and a great neighbour. He will be missed.

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  2. Mark Leochko :

    Don and family- my deepest sympathies on the passing of your father and grandfather.

    Although I didn’t have the opportunity to meet your father, I knew him well through the stories you shared. The soccer field he created was a work of art.

    Wishing you well,
    Mark

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  3. SHANNON MOUCK :

    WELDON ALWAYS HAD AN AIR ABOUT HIM OF ARMS OPEN. A KIND WORD AND A SWEETNESS THAT ENDEARED HIM TO ME AND, I THINK, TO EVERYONE. THE DAY ALWAYS SEEMED BRIGHTER AND BETTER IF YOU HAD ENCOUNTERED WELDON. HE SEEMED A HAPPY AND CONTENT MAN AND A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH. MAY YOUR SWEET MEMORIES BRING YOU PEACE AND COMFORT.

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  4. menzies waddell :

    I was sorry to read about the passing of Weldon. I worked with him for many years at Air Canada as well as in the union. I valued his friendship and his knowledge of union affairs. I took over as Chief shop Stewart when Weldon retired from union duties and felt how lucky to have had the pleasure of learning about the union process under his leader ship. May you find solace in remembering all the good times you had with him.

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  5. Edward Peter Jones :

    Weldon was a thorough gentleman who treated us (AC) all alike. When I read his obituary I can see that he lived a full productive life & put in more than he took. God Bless him.

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  6. Weldon Brown :

    Hi Don and Carolyn (and all family),
    Weldon enjoyed a great quality of life that enabled him to get to 91 years old. I believe having his family close to him, and especially his grandchildren in later years, helped him live a longer and happy life during those years. What a great guy he was with so many life experiences. Yes, he will be remembered for his big smile! Sylvia was a prime catch too heh??? I think my Dad secretly liked her a lot 🙂 …we’ll talk about that later, LOL! Sylvia was wonderful; Weldon couldn’t have done any better. I won’t be coming to the service but I’ve been thinking a lot about your Dad since Ron notified me. All the best and take good care or each other. Weldon.

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  7. Jan Fichtner :

    I worked with Weldon at Air Canada for several years & remember him with fondness. After a long & productive life, he will be missed by his many friends and family!

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  8. Gordon and Joan Moore :

    Sincere sympathy to your wonderful family. I know they will have many great memories of your life together.
    The Moores

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  9. Brian Roberts :

    God bless Weldon. You will be greatly missed by all your friends.

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  10. Weldon
    You will be be missed by all the ramp personal, your guidance helped so many become better people at work and play.
    God bless Mick and Nancie Craig

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  11. John Hopkins :

    I am so sorry to hear of Weldon’s passing. I only knew him through AirCanada Pionairs retiree’s organization where he regularly attended our luncheons and sporting events. During our National Bonspeil in Airdrie in 2005, he volunteered to drive me to pick up a packge for the Bonspeil because my car was too small to carry it, and along the way we stopped at his home in Balzac where he proudly showed me his acerage. I remember him as a fine gentleman with a ready open smile and friendly greetings for all.

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  12. Ross St.John :

    Farewell, to a well respected colleague.

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  13. John Chalmers :

    My condolences to Weldon’s family and friends. I will always remember his calm and happy demeanor, no matter how panicked those around him were, Weldon always had a handle on the situation.
    REST IN PEACE

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  14. Norma Guppy :

    Weldon Stacey now joins Phil Guppy — and the YYC family remembers the many friendships from those “golden years”. Blessings to family.

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  15. Jean & Keith McColl :

    Our condolences to Weldon’s family. He was always kind, gentle and had a smile for everyone. We will miss him and keep him in our prayers.

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  16. Larry Notley :

    My sincere sympathy to Weldon’s family. He was a good friend and will be missed.

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  17. A. Nikolaev :

    May the sorrow that we feel today, turn to fond memories of a fine gentleman.

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  18. John K Iuchi :

    I will always remember his smile when I with was Air Canada. He was a nice man.
    REST IN PEACE

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  19. Brad & Sheila Brookes :

    God Blessed us with Weldon, he was a wonderful neighbor, who will be greatly missed. Weldon’s face had a permanent smile and his kind and gentle nature shone through. We will miss his friendly wave and send our deepest condolences to his family.

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  20. Jerry Bunnie Arsenault PEI :

    Our deepest sympathy– It was a pleasure working with Weldon — he was a real gentleman —

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  21. Tracey Knaus :

    Carolyn, Don & kids. I am saddened to hear of your fathers passing. I have many great childhood memories of your family & life ‘next door’. My condolences to you all at this time. praying you can heal quickly. xoxo

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  22. John Schreindorfer and Margaret Stecyk :

    Our deepest Sympathy to family and friends,I worked with Weldon for many years, he was liked by all workers,he was a great man. God Bless

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  23. Our deepest sympathy to the Stacey Family.
    I met Weldon in 1968 when I was transferred from Winnipeg with Aircraft Line Maintenance. He had a wonderful personality and a very generous spirit. He will be missed. God Bless Weldon.

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  24. Dewey and Tova Lodewyk :

    Dear Carolyn, Don and children: Dewey worked with Weldon at Air Canada for many years. He was a genuinely happy person and always with a smile on his face. It was a pleasure working with him! Tova worked with his wife Sylvia at Nortel Networks for about ten years. Rest in peace Weldon. Thanks for all the good memories. You will greatly be missed.
    Dewey and Tova

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  25. Leilani Laurie :

    May you find comfort and strength in knowing that others share in your sorrow. The Air Canada Family has lost a well respected and much loved member. Weldon was a pleasure to work with and stayed connected to his friends years after he retired and gave of his time to his family and friends.

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  26. Leasa Podloski :

    We were neighbours for many years in Balzac, and Weldon kept in touch throughout the years. Our deepest sympathy to the Stacey family.
    Carol, Ryan and Leasa Podloski

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