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.Print This Obituary & Condolences