January 18, 1992 – Edmonton, Alberta
August 10, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta
Stuart Spenceley, beloved son and brother passed away suddenly on the morning of Friday, August 10, 2018 at the age of 26 years.
Stuart was born in Edmonton one frigid morning on January 18, 1992 to his loving parents Tom and Christine. To those closest to him he will be remembered for his kind heart, his love of hiking the Rocky Mountains, his strong will and brilliant mind. To those who knew him he was described as beautiful, feisty, smart, resourceful, interesting and incredibly gifted. Stuart considered Calgary, his home for the past eighteen years, as the most beautiful city in the world. He enjoyed riding his bike around the city and loved the wind in his hair. Stuart was an excellent swimmer winning many events in the 400m and 1500m freestyle. His swimming career ended upon entry to high school in order to focus on his academics. When he graduated primary school he dreamed of having a career in computers but after taking an automotive class in high school he discovered a passion for mechanics. Upon graduation Stuart enrolled at SAIT to become a locomotive engineer and conductor. He received an offer of employment with CN rail where he worked out of the Edson, AB terminal for approximately one year. Stuart then worked a series of jobs across the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia where he enjoyed discovering new places and learning new jobs. Stuart preferred the nomadic lifestyle and always found time to hike and explore. Stuart eventually made his way up to Fort McMurray beginning his career as a heavy equipment operator where he worked the past six years on various contracts. Stuart accomplished so much in his short 26 years of life; he owned a house, became a skilled bushman and travelled to many countries with his family. He recently discovered the joy of travelling solo and had a wonderful time in Iceland where he circumnavigated the island camping and staying in hostels along the way. He reveled in trekking the terrain, discovering the first Norsemen huts and capturing pictures of the beautiful Icelandic scenery. His next destination would have been Copenhagen, Denmark sometime in the fall. Stuart will be forever remembered as a loving brother, son and friend to all those who knew him.
Stuart is survived by his parents, Tom and Christine Spenceley of Calgary, AB; his brother John Spenceley of Calgary, AB; his aunts and uncles, Laura and Gary Burns of Palm City, FL, Patty and Ian Sorensen of Lions Bay, BC, Anne and Steve Kartonchik of Burlington, ON, and John Stuart Baker of Edmonton, AB. He will also be lovingly remembered by his cousins, Laura Kartonchik of Toronto, ON, and Christopher and Hanne Sorensen of Vancouver, BC.
Stuart joins his predeceased grandparents, Mary and Gordon Spenceley of Hamilton, ON, Cynthia Baker and Morris Baker of Edmonton, AB.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Stuart Spenceley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences