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STIRLING – “T.J.” Thomas Jared

April 12, 1980 – August 18, 2009

“T.J.” Thomas Jared Stirling, beloved husband and best friend of Barb (nee Robichaud), passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at the age of 29 years.

T.J. was born in Calgary and attended St. Francis High School. He joined the military in 1999 and served for eight years, including two tours in Afghanistan. T.J. was a member of the First Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petewawa, ON. He retired from the military in January 2008 and was the President of the Falcon’s Veterans Motorcycle Club, Calgary chapter.

T.J. enjoyed being a dad and took great pleasure in sharing his experiences and values with his children. An avid downhill skier, T.J. enjoyed the mountains, playing poker, dancing, fishing, and his Harley.

Besides his loving wife Barb, T.J. is also survived by his son Jared Thomas; daughter Jayda Marie; his parents Keith and Terri of Calgary; brother Laurie; sister Pamela; nephew Dylan; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, August 21, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Family Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial tributes in T.J.’s honour may be made directly to the Soldier On Fund c/o Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services, 4210 Labelle Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0K2, www.soldieron.ca.

In living memory of T.J. Stirling, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Tom Corscadden :

    I had the pleasure of working with TJ at General Dynamics Canada. He will be missed by everyone here. My heart felt condolences to his wife and children. He was good man and a good soldier. Being a retired Patricia we had many good natured pokes at each other about our Infantry regiments. God Bless You All!

    Tom Corscadden

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  2. Kim/Sean Harris and Family :

    Barb, Jared and Jayda,

    TJ was a great Dad and husband and will be missed at Hockey this year. We are proud to have known him over the last 2 years and offer our sincerest condolences to you and your family. We are here for you if you need us for anything.

    Take care,

    Sean, Kim, Jordan and Jamie

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  3. Cynthia Campbell :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Barb and your family during this trying time.

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  4. Barb, Jared and Jayda: I am so so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you in this tragic time

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  5. Please accept my sincere condolences during this most difficult time. TJ was my friend and I have been deeply saddened by his passing. RIP TJ.

    From: Martin Brown, Ottawa Canada

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  6. Edward (Ted) & Joan Garrow :

    Keith and family
    What can one say at the loss of a son – other than we are feeling your pain. It was such a shock to read of T.J’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of T.J’s family also.
    If there is anything we can do for you don’t hesitate to call – we will be there for you.

    Ted & Joan

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  7. Don and Iola Seghers, Airdrie AB :

    Barb, Keith and Terri and families. We offer our heart felt condolences during this difficult time. TJ was a fine young man and a great cousin to Michelle and Debbie. They talked very highly of him. It was a pleasure for Iola and I to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  8. Cy Aiken and members of DLCSPM 3/DND :

    We were extremely saddened to hear the news of TJ’s death. I first met TJ only a year ago when he bacame one of the original members of our experimental aerostat team. We were soon impressed by his strong leadership skills, friendly manner and ability to get the job done, regardless of weather conditions. We will miss him greatly!

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  9. Jay Hamilton and family :

    Barb, Jared, Jayda
    I just want you to know that TJ made me smile and brought a sense of ease in our time together patrolling. I would pick him to go with me because I knew he had my back. I take great pride in having known TJ, and I will always remember him.
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you and the kids find peace and happiness in your future. Sincerely, Jay

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  10. Samantha, Shawn, Jenna and Olivia Sigouin :

    May your memories give you strength and the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all…. the Sigouin Family

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  11. Kathy & Brent Crellin :

    Barb, Jared, Jayda, and all members of TJ’s family

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on TJ’s passing. I remember watching him play with the kids at Jared’s birthday party and thinking what a wonderful father he was! Kids just loved him! I pray you find the peace you so all deserve.

    Thinking of you Barb, Jared and Jayda!

    Kathy, Brent, Matt and Bradley Crellin
    Pro Patria

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  12. Brennan Cornell :

    My sincerest sympathies on your loss. TJ was a pleasure to be around, always with a smile, and a quick joke to make the day brighter. I always admired the easy confidence with which he carried himself. He will be missed.

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  13. We were so saddened to hear the news of T.J. Our thoughts are with you and your family Barb. I pray God is near you at this time with comfort and support now and in the days ahead.
    “Rest in Peace T.J.”

    Sincerely,
    Joanne and David Marsh

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  14. denise decoste :

    Dear Terry, I was so sad to read about T.J.
    My heart goes out to you and your family with your loss.
    I can’t imagine the way you must feel,
    be brave.
    Love Denise.

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  15. denise decoste :

    I was so sad to hear about T.J’s passing,
    My heart goes out to all of you,
    Love Denise.

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  16. Grace Pickerl :

    Terri, My thoughts are with you and your family. The loss of a loved one is so hard, and even harder when it is your child. God be with you in your time of sorrow.

    Grace

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  17. Teresa and Eric Black :

    Terri & Keith, we can only imagine your pain and sorrow. We are truly sorry for your loss and pray you find strength and peace. Anyone who ever met T.J. was blessed. We are honored to have had T.J. grace our lives. We will cherish our memories of him forever.

    Love Teresa & Eric

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  18. Patrick Kisiel :

    I had the pleasure of working with TJ at General Dynamics Canada as well. I will certainly miss him quite alot. He would always put a smile on my face on the bad days. My heart-felt condolences to his wife and children. I’m also from the military community as well, he was a great hero and served our country. I salute you T.J. I will remember him.

    Pat Kisiel
    Onward

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  19. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to TJ’s family and friends.

    We had the great pleasure to meet, get to know, and experience TJ’s great and vibrant personality. We had the opportunity to share great stories over a few dinners, drinks and outings after long work days in the bitter cold!

    We’ll definitely miss our new friend.

    Regards,

    The WISELAB team
    Joe, Simon, Luc, Philippe André, Vincent and Eric

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  20. Dear Keith & Terri
    So very sorry to hear of your son’s death. My sincerest sympathy to all of you at this most difficult time.

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  21. Rose-Marie McKinnon(lacelle) :

    Terri, Keith & family
    I am terribly sorry to hear of TJ passing. I’m sure he was a son to be very proud of, you will have many fond memories that will last forever. I’m sorry I can’t be with you at this time due to previous commitments but you certainly are in my thoughts & prayers. Stay strong. Love your cousin Rose-Marie

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  22. Pam Luckhurst :

    Dear Barb, I was so sorry to read about T. J.’s death in the Herald last night. What a great loss for you and your children and your family. I have been thinking about you all day and I am sure this is a time of great sorrow for you, although you may likely still be numb and in great shock. I know you are surrounded by loving family but I am sure they too are hurting madly. What a heartbreak. Gather them all around you and gain strength from them. With sympathy, Pam

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  23. Wayne gilchrist :

    Barb, Jared, and Jayda: TJ put a smile on our faces. We like you will miss him.
    Stand strong in your time of grief and remember the happy times.
    Wayne

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  24. Barb, Jared, Jayda

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    Steve, Michelle & Spencer Posthumus

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  25. Kim and Lorrie Rasmussen, Crossfield :

    Barb, we are saddened and cannot imagine your pain. May all the angels take care of you and the kids forever.

    Fondly,
    Lorrie and Kim

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  26. Hans van de Sande and Sharon Sullivan :

    Dear Terri and Keith
    We were so saddened to hear the news of T.J. We know what he meant to you and we can hardly imagine your pain and sorrow. He will be sorely missed by Barb and the kids and please convey our condolences to them and the family.
    Our thoughts are with you and please let us know if we can do anything to help.
    He will be missed by all.

    love
    Hans and Sharon

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  27. I have just returned home from T.J.’s Memorial. I would like to thank you Barb and Your families on Behalf of the Calgary Area CAV Units for allowing us the Honour to attend.

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  28. Warrant Officer Darwin Fremont :

    May you find comfort in your time of loss. Your sorrow is shared.

    On behalf of Major General WM Holmes MBE CD Colonel of the the Regiment and All Ranks The Royal Canadian Regiment

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  29. Nan and Ron Levesque :

    Barb, Jared, and Jayda;
    We were extremely saddened to hear of T.J.’s passing. We will always hold his memory in our hearts. In the days to come, please know that if there is anything we can do for you or the family, we are just a phone call away. May God surround you with his Infinite Love in the days and months to come. I am so grateful that you are surrounded by such a wonderful family……
    Love and Blessings
    Nan, Ron, Cameron, and Courtney Levesque

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  30. I had the pleasure of knowing TJ, and working with him in the military. We shared a tour in Afghanistan together back in 2003 and he was a valiant soldier and great friend, he will be missed. My condolenses to Barb and family.

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  31. Murray & Annice Short :

    We were really sorry to hear about the passing of Thomas Stirling. We always thought about him and wondered how he was making out.
    We had a visit from Cameron Laidlow yesterday, he was on a course at Base Gagetown and came out to see us and told us about Tom’s passing.
    Just wanted you to know how saddened we are to hear it.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    From: Murray and Annice Short. (Rob’s Parents.)

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  32. Amber Stirling :

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss that you guys have had to endure. I hope that you guys will get better cause time really does mend the broken <3 HE WILL BE MISSED

    From: TJ's second cousin daughter of Darryl and Cindy Stirling

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  33. Jared,
    I only just learned of your dad’s passing. I thought of you today as we attended a Remembrance Day service. I hope that you are still the wonderful and amazing boy I remember. Your father was so proud of you. He beamed when I told him how you looked out for the other children and stood up for what was right.
    God Bless you and your family,
    Mrs. Mehling, Jared’s Grade Two Teacher

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