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STUART, Thomas Reginald

May 14, 1919 – Saskatoon, SK
December 8, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Thomas Stuart, beloved husband of Ella May Stuart (nee McKay) of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2013 at the age of 94 years.

Thomas was born in Saskatoon, SK on May 14, 1919 and raised in Regina. He served in the RCAF during WW II and following the war graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science and Civil Engineering degree in 1948.

After a short career with the federal government and Saskatchewan Department of Highways, in 1955 Tom joined British American Oil Co., later Gulf Canada Ltd. He served in various positions in Gulf for 28 years, until his retirement in 1983. He also worked from 1985 to 1989 as a consultant with ICG. Tom was a life member of APEGGA and APEGS and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.

Tom’s favorite sport was golfing at the Willow Park Golf and Country Club, and in Palm Desert, CA. where he spent many winters since 1990. He also enjoyed playing card games, painting, ceramics and writing funny verse. Tom’s optimism and enthusiasm for life were an inspiration to his family and friends. He was a wonderful father, husband, brother and grandfather.

The family wish to thank Dr. S. Schorr, and Dr. Samis, Sandra Gilles, and the nurses, and caregivers at the Fanning Centre 3 West for all their care and support.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Ella May, his sons Thomas A. Stuart (Lis) of Vernon, BC, Michael Stuart, daughter Deborah Stuart of London, ON, two grandchildren Andrea (Trevor) of Banff, Aaron Stuart of Vernon, BC, and brother Douglas Stuart of California. He is also survived by close family from his second and third wives: Robert Kennedy (Margie), Michael Kennedy (Cynthia), Stephen Rutherford (Linda), Brenda Haddow, Paul Rutherford (Shannon), grandchildren Julie (David), Joanie (Mike), Laura (JP), Kathleen (Jeremy), Matthew, Kyle and Ryan, and great-grandchildren Mika, Benjamin and Charlotte.

Tom was predeceased by his first wife Byrdie Eilers in 1988, and second wife Georgina Kennedy in 1994, daughter Sandra Stuart, son Rodney Stuart, brothers Frank Stuart (Bea), Vere Stuart (Margaret) and sister Jean Malcom (Robert) all of Victoria, BC.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E. Calgary, AB) on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108,

In living memory of Thomas Stuart, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Michael & Susan Tumback :

    Dearest Ella May,
    We are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle man, and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Love, Susan & Michael Tumback

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  2. Tricia & Nick Hendry :

    Dear Ella May,
    We were so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. When we lived out west, we enjoyed visiting you & Tom and listening to Tom’s stories. Thinking about you at this time.
    Tricia & Nick Hendry

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  3. Doug Stuart, Mary and Jack Case :

    Dear Ella May, Tom, Debbie, and Michael,
    We are very sad about Tom’s passing and extend our deepest sympathy. Tom was a wonderful man with an amazing mind, great tenacity, and a positive outlook. He was kind and friendly to everyone and had a terrific sense of humor.
    Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    Love and prayers,
    Doug, Mary and Jack

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  4. Mary-Michael Carpenter & James :

    We were very saddened to hear from Michael that Uncle Tom had passed away. We are sorry that we cannot attend the funeral mass but will be thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers especially on Friday.

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