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MUIR, Stuart William

MUIR, Stuart William

Stuart William Muir passed away on February 23, 2018 at the age of 77. He is survived by his loving wife, Roberta “Bert”; son Melvin (Martina) Muir of Grand Forks, BC; daughter Barbara (Terry) Hein of Grand Forks, BC; grandchildren Jordan and Nathan Hein; sisters: Donna of Edmonton, AB, Shirley (Guy) of Red Deer, AB, Doreen of Vancouver, BC, Lois (Ron) of Leduc, AB and brother Doug of Calgary, AB. He was predeceased by his parents Ken and Georgie; sister Judy; brothers-in-law Dave, Gary and other cousins, nephews and close friends.

Stuart passed away peacefully following a courageous 8-year battle with cancer with family at this side. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife Roberta of 54 years, family, friends, his dog Mocha Bean and all that knew him.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, the oldest of 5 sisters and 1 brother, he attended school in Clearwater, Alberta and continued to further his education to become a Municipal Police Officer for the town of Leduc, Alberta. He attended NAIT to become an Electrician, then a Firefighter at the Edmonton International Airport. He moved the family to Whitehorse to accept a position at the Airport Fire Hall. In 1981 he moved to Kelowna where he became the Airport Fire Chief and then the Superintendent of Airport Operations, after which he accepted a position at Okanagan University College looking after the maintenance/physical plant until he retired.

On most days Stu could be found spending time at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club where he had been a long-time member.

His passions were spending time with his 2 grandchildren, gardening, travelling, spending winters in Mesa, Arizona, coffee time at the “office,” happy hour and being with family and his large circle of friends. He was a true “Jack of all trades” and “Master of them all.”

The family would like to thank Dr. Larry Bobyn, the amazing team at the Ethel Hospice House, ambulance attendants and Springfield Funeral Home.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Kelowna Golf & Country Club, 1297 Glenmore Road, Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice House, www.interiorhealth.ca or the Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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Condolence Messages
  • Mar 05, 2018
    Barb & Terry, so sorry to hear of Stu's passing -- please accept my heartfelt condolences. I enjoyed dealing with him -- he was sharp, and genuine, and obviously very caring.
    Chris Finch
  • Mar 05, 2018
    Bertie Muir, Barb and Melvin,
    I have often thought of you through the years. And more so this past week of your loss of Stu. The love you had and many fun times with you.
    Stu was taken from you too soon, but you have so many wonderful memories.
    Thinking of you today. My love goes to you all.
    Rest in Peace Stu.
    Beverlee Klassen
  • Mar 04, 2018
    Bert and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Stu. We will miss his sense of humour and friendship. He will be greatly missed.
    Alex and Ruth Recsky.
  • Mar 04, 2018
    My deepest condolences to you Bert, Barbara and Melvin on the loss of one terrific person. I worked with Stu for many years at OUC and he was a great friend and boss. He was always there if you needed to talk and a great problem solver.
    Carrol Pidhaichuk
  • Mar 04, 2018
    To the Muir Family - Our sincere condolences on the passing of Stu. He will be missed by so many.
    Ken and Sandy Zangbell
  • Mar 03, 2018
    Dear Bert and family, I worked with Stu at the College for many years. Friday mornings were special because it was pit stop days. Stu and the physical plant guys usually met with our CE ladies and by the end of the session we had solved most of the worlds problems. Stu trademarked the phrase you think? long before it became popular. I'll always remember the twinkle in his eye, the slight smile and then you think from his lips. Bert and Barb, one of his favourite stories was about the Christmas morning he opened a mystery present. He thanked you, Bert, and you said you didn't buy it. He then thanked you, Barb, and you said the same thing. Invariably at this point in the story, someone asked him if he had wrapped his own present and his only answer was the slight smile and you think? Stu was also very proud of his grandsons and they were the topic of many of our pit stop Friday conversations. We've lost one of the good guys but his memory will live strong in all your hearts. My sincere condolences to you all.
    Laurie Anderson
  • Mar 01, 2018
    Sorry to hear of Stu's passing. I first met Stu at OUC. He supervised many projects we completed on various campuses. Then in later years at YLW. Stern, fair and great sense of humor. He will be missed.
    Allan Dalsvaag
  • Feb 28, 2018
    Stu was at OUC when I started working there in 1990 and while I left in 2005, Stu remains one of the "good guys" in the memories I carry from that time.....a gentle giant of a man with a wonderful sense of humour and someone who could always be counted on for his good old common sense and guidance. As sure as I am that he will be missed by many, many people, I am also sure there are countless wonderful memories of him to be cherished.
    Eleanor James
  • Feb 28, 2018
    Bert & Family,
    Norm and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family. We were surprised and saddened to read of Stu's passing while we are in California. It was always a pleasure to step outside our home and run into Stu and Mocha Bean and have a visit. We will miss that.
    Your many good memories will help you through this difficult time.
    Norm & Laura
  • Feb 28, 2018
    Muir Family,
    I remember Stu from our association at the Airport in the 80's (seems like yesterday)! He was one of the kindest and calmest men I ever knew. Truly a man among men. So sorry to see that he has passed away. My sincere condolences to the family.
    Marion Bremner
  • Feb 28, 2018
    Bert, Barb and Melvin,
    So sorry to hear of you dad's passing. I want to thank your family for always being there for my mom. It was great growing up together in Whitehorse. I have fond memories of camping, cabins, fishing and watching the northern lights together. He will be missed by many. Hugs from all of us.
    Shannon, Greg, and Twyla
  • Feb 28, 2018
    Sorry to hear of the passing of Stu. All of us at the coffee gang at A&W send our regards to the whole family. Will miss him and have missed him at our morning coffee time.
    Jim and Gale Ritchie
  • Feb 28, 2018
    The Muir family,
    We are sorry to hear of Stu's passing. Both Randy and I knew Stu through working at OUC in the Facilities Management department.
    Shirley Galenkamp and Randy Nagel
  • Feb 27, 2018
    My deepest condolences to the Muir family. Whenever I saw Stu in the backroom of the KG+CC he always had a smile and always said hello. In my conversations with him I found him to be a warm and pleasant person. My thoughts and prayers to the family.
    Darren McClelland
    Mens Club Captain
  • Feb 27, 2018
    Muir family, remember Stu from Airport days as well as OUC. Always a fair gentleman. Funny sense of humor. Hopefully the fish are biting in heaven..
    David Langton
    Competition Glass
  • Feb 27, 2018
    Bert, Barb and Melvin
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Stu. He wasn't just a great ex boss but also a good friend. Be strong and enjoy all the good memories you have and remember he will always hear you when you talk to him. He will truly be missed.
    Jeanine Sali
  • Feb 27, 2018
    My sincere condolences to Stu's family. I got to know Stu during my time working at KGCC and greatly enjoyed our chats. He will be greatly missed.
    Jo-Anne Grove