It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Scott William McPhee from the Sherwood Park, Alberta area. His passing occurred on October 17, 2019 with his wife and boys beside him and his family nearby.
Scott was born on June 11, 1965 in Red Deer and grew up in Lethbridge, Calgary, and Okotoks.
He graduated from the Computing Science program at the University of Alberta and started his career at IBM Canada. It was readily apparent to anybody who met him that he embodied a strong work ethic, always committing fully to any responsibility that fell upon him. He always loved a new challenge and after 18 years at IBM his career led him to ATB Financial, Servus Credit Union, and most recently to an exciting new position at ATCO in Edmonton.
Scott’s work ethic, creative drive and superb technical skills were all expressed not only at his day job, but also through a lifetime of inventing. He created many wild and crazy one-offs, practical and entertaining gifts, and a few inventions that blossomed into full blown businesses. He always had an electronics project on the go, and he could fix almost anything.
Scott was playful and a little mischievous. His adventurous spirit found him connecting with people of all walks of life and getting involved in all kinds of interesting undertakings. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity building houses in Mexico, worked at the soup kitchen at the Salvation Army in Edmonton, and was a barista at the Common Ground Community Café in Sherwood Park. He always met people at their own level, and was interested in everyone.
Scott’s family was at the very centre of his life. At the age of 30 he met the love of his life, Christine, and together they had two boys, Alex and Thomas, whom they raised on an acreage full of pets and projects. The four of them explored the world together, taking many amazing trips as a family. When Scott talked of his boys, his pride in them was obvious to all and seeing them burgeon as fine young men was his greatest joy. He and Christine were just beginning to celebrate the empty nest phase of their life, enjoying hikes and travel with their newly rescued dog, Tia.
Scott is survived by his mother Joan McPhee (Steve Buie); wife of 21 years Christine Vogel; sons Alex and Thomas McPhee; brothers Kent McPhee (Barb Pearce) and Steve (Stephanie) McPhee; parents-in-law Walter and Fran Vogel; sister-in-law Niki Vogel (Mike D’Aoust); brother-in-law Justin (Shauna) Sanderson; nieces and nephews Aidan, Lily, and Declan Fenniak, Korah and Chloe Sanderson, Nyomi and Wyatt D’Aoust; and many in his extended family. Predeceasing Scott is his father William McPhee (2001).
Cremation has occurred and a celebration of Scott’s life will be held on November 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Woodvale Facility in the Mill Woods Golf Course, 4540 – 50 Street Edmonton, AB.
Scott’s family would like to extend heart-felt thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 5241 Calgary Trail NW #144, Edmonton, Alberta.
Scott will be dearly missed by all.