Becker, Stuart

It is with sad hearts which now overflow with wonderful memories that the family of Stuart Becker announces his passing on January 08, 2021, at the age of 90 years. He will be dearly missed and forever loved by his wife, Melva, of nearly 70 years and their incredible family.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters; Wendy and Jollene, son-in-law (Ed), grandchildren; Kevin (Heather), Kimberley (Robert), Raylene (Grant), and Roseann (Sheldon), and great-grandchildren; Mackenna, Addison, Byron, Taya, Lane, and Robyn, plus other close family relatives.
Stuart was recently predeceased by his daughter Sharilyn, who passed away just two weeks before his passing; with God’s miracle taking her glowing hands safely into his. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters Lucille and Verna, brother Don, and baby daughter Darlene.
Known to be a hard-working, unpretentious and honest man, Stuart was also a kind, caring, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, who will be fondly remembered by many friends as well.
Stuart was born in Edmonton and was raised on a farm in Josephburg, Alberta. He loved his growing up years and especially enjoyed telling the family of memorable highlights. Stuart’s fondest stories were of his pet dog; Skippy, and who complete with harness and sleigh faithfully pulled him to school on the blistery winter days. Stuart’s passionate caring and love for dogs, all sizes and breeds, continued throughout his life, inclusive of the many hours of enjoyment and comfort with his two daughter’s dogs; Harvey and Presley.
As a young man Stuart worked five years for Texaco Exploration Co. When Sherritt Gordon Mines opened their plant in Fort Saskatchewan on June 01, 1954, Stuart started that very day for Sherritt Gordon. He retired June 01, 1986, and in September 1986, he did his first Consulting work for Sherritt on a project in Brazil and continued doing overseas projects until 1996. He loved his work and always said: “his first love” was his wife; his childhood sweetheart and his second love was his work at Sherritt. With Stuart’s overseas work, accompanied by his wife, Melva, a “home” was made on five Continents, but while away, his heart was always at home. Vacations and holidays were enjoyed to over 70 countries.
Stuart was an avid sportsman, played hockey and baseball, hunted, and enjoyed fishing and golfing. His love of golf was complete with his “hole in one” while playing in Yuma, Arizona. Camping in the motorhome and memorable summers were spent at the lake lot with his family. Stuart enjoyed time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren alike, from the youngest to the oldest, and visits from Great Grandpa Stu were always special. Kevin and Kimberley, being of age to participate with Grandpa in down-hill skiing, water skiing, and fishing, and Kevin being taught the art of golf with Grandpa, will be lasting memories. Raylene and Roseann, being the youngest will cherish their memories of playing at the lake lot with sand buckets on the beach and rides in the paddleboat. “Grandpa Stu and Great Grandpa Stu” will always be remembered with a special fondness and love within his family.
Stuart helped in the organization of the Josephburg Curling Club, was on the Church Board for many years, was Secretary of the Josephburg Lions Club for years as well as founding the first Fort Saskatchewan Senior Men’s Golf Leaque. Throughout the school years he did extremely well in Track and Field, winning all the “Red” ribbons, and on retirement in Yuma, Arizona he participated in the Senior Olympics winning dozens of “Gold” medals over the years. He had a keen passion for competition.
The family thanks Dr. Sandhu at the Cross Cancer for his care during the four-year clinical trial that Stuart was on, and as a result, a new chemo pill has now been approved by the FDA in Canada. Stuart was especially pleased that his participation could now help others with this rare cancer. A special thank you to our family physician Dr. Linda Pfeifer who took care of him over the years and at the end. She was indeed a source of strength.
Cremation has taken place and due to Covid-19, no funeral will be held at this time. If one so desires donations may be made to the Josephburg Community Church Cemetery Fund – 21380 Township Road 550, Fort Saskatchewan, T8L 4B8.

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