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THORPE, Stuart (Stu) Iain

August 20, 1965 – Edinburgh, Scotland
August 16, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Stu Thorpe, beloved husband of Donna Switzer of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the age of 48 years.

Stu was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 20, 1965. He immigrated to Canada on September 26, 1965 and lived in Dawson Creek B.C. The family eventually moved to Calgary. He started his education at Mill Woods Elementary, Sherwood Park. He then attended Louis Riel Elementary / Jr. High and Henry Wise Wood High school in Calgary. Stu was very proud to have completed the Apprentice Landscape Gardening Program at Olds College. In 2006 he met the love of his life, Donna Switzer. Together they enjoyed volunteering for their community in organizations such as Alberta Bobsled, Globelfest and the Calgary Stampeders. He also volunteered many years with the Chestermere Fire Department. In his professional life he worked for Professional Gardeners, Ledcor as a laborer and finally HR Reit Management at the Bow Tower. He had many passions which included Formula One racing, airplanes/aeronautics, baseball and soccer. Stu was proud of many achievements in his life such as his emergency medical responder certificate, coaching the Jamaican bobsleigh team at Lillehammer Olympic games in 1994, stunt driver in the movie “Cool Runnings” and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award. His greatest achievement that brought him the greatest pride was his children.

Stu is survived by his children, Zachary Thorpe and Cassandra Thorpe; his first wife Lisa (Jim) Annan, all of Calgary; his father John Thorpe of De Winton, AB; brother Bruce Thorpe; sister Helen (Jim) and her children Andrew, Matthew and Tyree Manzara of Lethbridge, AB; mother in law Edna Switzer; sister in law Grace (Brian) Gancarz and her children Jacqueline (Ryan) and Rylee Potter; sister in law Stella (Murray) Lone and her children Chad, Kevin (Allison), Ty and Julia; brother in law Albert Switzer; and numerous family, friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his mother Frances Thorpe; his grandparents, Oliver Telfer and Dorothy and Horace Thorpe and his cousin Mark Thorpe of Bourne, England

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, August 25, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

A celebration of Stuart’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The family requests that attendees please dress casual. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to either the Alberta Bobsled Association, Bob Niven Training Centre Rm. 205
88 Canada Olympic Road S.W., Calgary, Alberta T3B 5R5, Telephone: 403 -297 – 2721 or The Calgary Fire Cadet Academy, 5727 – 23 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2B 3E2, Telephone: 403-268-8774, in Stuart’s name.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in both the emergency room and ICU units of the Rockyview General Hospital.

In living memory of Stuart Thorpe, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Doug and Donette Hyslip :

    We were saddened to hear of Stu’s passing. We extend condolences from all of us at the Avro Museum and Arrow 2 project. Stu’s help at our fund raising casinos was very much appreciated and he will be missed. To all his family and friends – May your love and memories of Stu help you through this trying time.

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  2. Very sad to see you go, the ball team ton of fun will miss you
    Ryan and Pam piche
    Ton of fun

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  3. Teresa Amrstrong :

    Loosing Stu has left an empty spot in many of our hearts and I am hoping that with time and the comfort of friends and family that all of you will find the laughter in life that Stu brought out in all of us whenever he was around.

    I loved Stu with all my heart and miss him more than there are words to describe.d

    Please know we are with you during this difficult time and always.

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  4. Leanne and Jim Ellis :

    We are saddened to hear of Stu’s passing. We will miss his wit and his inclination to call a spade a spade. Our condolences go out to the family he held so dear. Sending some sunshine for your hearts to help lighten the load as you continue this journey without him…

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  5. Tileena & David Seitz :

    Dearest Donna,
    David and I are still in shock and greatly saddened by Stu’s passing :(( we wish we could attend his celebration service unfortunately David will be working in the field, but you know we are thinking of you and hold you in our prayers!! Stu was a fun loving guy and will definitely be missed by all who knew him. May God comfort you and the entire family in this difficult time sweetie

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  6. I can remember Stuart on his trips to England and in his early life when we were all l at Uncle Eddie and Aunt Irenes in Littleport. Sadly geography meant we didn’t get to know each well enough. Although I was aware of the many challenges he took on and the rich life he lead, his obituary is a testament to a great human being. Sadly he didn’t win his last challenge and was taken from us far too early when he had so much more to offer. Our thoughts are with all the family at this very sad time – from all of us on this side of the Thorpe family.
    David Thorpe

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  7. Jacqueline Gancarz :

    Stu we didn’t get to know you as well as we would’ve liked, but you will be greatly missed. I would like to thank you for loving my Auntie Donna and bringing her many happy memories. I hope those happy memories of you together can help carry her though this time of deep grief. I know that one day you both will be reunited in heaven. May you Rest in Peace and please watch over Auntie Donna and your two children.

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  8. Sylvia and Jay Arthur :

    Jay and I would like to offer our condolences. Stu played ball with us and he was always such fun and never failed to make us laugh with his hilarious antics. He never finished a game without shedding some of his blood. Boy, he played hard at everything he did. We will miss him.
    Jay and Sylvia Arthur

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  9. Joyce n Gary LYONS :

    To Bruce Thorpe twin Brother of Stuart, and those that remain to morn this tragic loss. While we never knew Stuart, Bruce is a long time friend of our family. Bruce, we are with you and those impacted the most by Stuarts passing. Grieving is such a large part of the healing process. May each remember and treasure those happy memories you will always have of Stuart.
    May the great architect of the universe be with you all in these, your darkest hours.
    J n G

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  10. Stuart was a good friend for many years. Although we lost touch long ago I often thought of him. He was a wonderful person who will be missed by many. Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time.

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  11. Dear John, It was with great sadness that I heard of the loss of your son. Please accept my condolences and best wishes in this difficult time.
    Wishing you all the best,

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