Keith Stuart left for the lake during King of the Road from the Royal Inland Hospital on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the age of 69 years.
Keith is survived by Judy, his partner of almost 30 years, and their large and blended family Willy (Jan) Van Allen, Kellie (Dale) Niessen, Stacey (Ian) McGregor, Teri (Carl) Van Allen, daughter-in-law Leanne Sturmey and close family friends Sharon and Bert Bouwmeester, 14 Grand-Children and 13 ½ Great-Grandchilden. Bumpa is also survived by his brother Ken (Marie) Stuart as well as numerous nieces, nephews, add-on kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his fur-baby Emma and so many dear and close friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Jock and Nancy and by his first wife Dorothy.
Although he was our husband, brother, father and grandfather he was so much more. He was a handyman, a backyard mechanic, a babysitter, a gardener, a DJ and music quiz champion, a photographer, a team member, a Legion patriot, a community ambassador and most importantly a friend.
Keith spent the majority of his working years as a Welder at the Mine where he foraged a number of close friendships and bonds. He retired in 2010 after 42 years.
He volunteered on a great number of community organizations and he was a devoted member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 113, where he worked tirelessly for many years. Keith loved his Legion and the many people he met over the years. Although he dialed back over the past few years he still loved going to Thursday Night Darts and still honored the values of the Legion.
Bumpa loved fishing, golfing, curling, bird watching, watching sports on TV (two at a time) and of course decorating for Christmas. He got tired of decorating for both Christmas and Christmas in July and opted (with some prompting) to just leave the decorations up year round and dedicated the basement to Christmas. He worked out in the bitter cold every year to design (and improve) the Santa float for the Annual Christmas Parade. He helped to create a beautiful work of art every year so that Santa could arrive in style to our little town.
We all love him and will miss him dearly and would like to thank everyone for all of their help and support during this difficult time.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ashcroft Community Hall on May 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm.
We would like to thank the Nurses and Doctors at the Ashcroft Hospital, the BC Ambulance Crew and all of the Nurses, Doctors and Support Staff at the Royal Inland Hospital. Donations in memory of Keith may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign, the Ashcroft Early Learning Program or to RCSC #137 Avenger.
Thompson Valley Funeral Home
entrusted with arrangements. www.tvfh.ca
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