Stuart Roe Church
1923 to 2016
With sorrow, the family of Stuart Church announces his passing at on December 23 2016, on a star-studded winter night, surrounded by people who love him. Grieving his loss are Lorraine (Partlow), his wife of 65 years and the constant love of his life, three sons/families Donald and Sandra Church of Olds, Paul and Mariken Church of Diemen, The Netherlands; Brian Church and Kathy Cave of Lacombe with their children Eli Church, Eric and Mina Church, Kody Stuart, Brooklyn Stuart; Robert and Margaret Church of Gull Lake with their children Wade Church and Ida Tornqvist, and Sarah Church; and a daughter, Dr. Kathryn Church of Toronto. Stuart cared very much about the lives and futures of all his grandchildren. He valued the diversity introduced by younger generation marriages that embrace Holland, Sweden and Iran. He was particularly moved by the birth of Paul and Mariken’s daughter, Olivia, his first great-grandchild. As a soldier, he fought for the freedom she enjoys in her country today.
Son of Edmund and Sarah Church and one of five siblings (Howard, Leonard, Albert, and Janet, all predeceased), Stuart was born at Oyen, Alberta on July 6, 1923. He grew up on a homestead during the Depression, and later a farm at Camrose. Drafted into the Canadian Armed Forces (Signal Corps), he spent four years in Europe during World War II before coming home to be educated at Vermilion College of Agriculture and the University of Alberta (BSc). Although he returned to university in mid-life for training that enabled him to teach high school physics, his first love was agriculture – and the land. From his initial job at the Lacombe Research Station in the 1950s to his final job at the Alberta Agricultural Development Corporation in the 1980s, he dedicated his career to strengthening small farm operations and family farming in Alberta.
Stuart’s life was defined by service: to his country, his community, his family, and his church. Long-time residents of Lacombe will recall his leadership with Little League Baseball and Minor League Hockey, and his enthusiastic contributions as a tenor with the Lacombe Male Chorus and Lacombe Centennial Choir. A committed Christian, he was a builder and long-term member of First Baptist Church who willingly took on roles as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, a deacon, and a member of choirs and quartets for his local congregation. A lover of natural beauty and the out-of-doors, he devoted many years to Gull Lake Baptist Camp and gave generously to the Baptist Federation of Western Canada.
A man of many interests and strengths, Stuart had an inquiring mind and an irrepressible sense of humor. He could design or fix, build or grow almost anything – a talent amply displayed by the house and garden on C & E Trail. In his eighties, using family postcards discovered in an old trunk, he researched and wrote an account of the Church family in Canada. Titled One Man’s Journey, it drew from his love of history and revealed a unique writer’s voice that we will treasure always. In the spirit of that work, across the centuries, the following words from the obituary for ancestor John Church could not be a more fitting testimony for Stuart as well.
Mr. Church was simple and unassuming but a man of sterling integrity, upright and just in all his dealings and of a deeply religious nature. He was ever a constant and faithful attendant upon all the services of his church….and to him the promise was abundantly fulfilled. “I will bring thee to the grave in a good old age, like a shook of corn fully ripe.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Van Niekerk, Dr. M. Unger and Dr. Chatel for their guidance through the decisions surrounding Stuart’s last days. We are grateful to the nursing staff of the Lacombe Hospital for their skill and for the space they created for us to be fully involved in his care. We thank our very own nurse and daughter-in-law, Margaret Church, who graced Stuart’s old age as well and his departure with an unprecedented blend of love and professional attention. We wish to acknowledge dear neighbors Bert and Marilyn deBruijn, and Evans and Myrtle Carson for your regular coffee dates and the pleasure Stuart took from them over the past few years. Our gratitude as well to Kozy Korner Senior Centre for those important weekly lunch gatherings.
Stuart gave generously and regularly to many groups and charities. In lieu of flowers, please donate to an organization of your choice.
Cremation has taken place. A public celebration of life will take place at a later date.
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