Stuart “Stu” Laurie of Lethbridge, Alberta beloved husband of Sandra Laurie passed away peacefully on November 23, 2019 at the age of 49 years. Stu was surrounded by his loved ones during his final hours, after two weeks of medical complications ensued at Foothills Medical Centre following a bypass surgery on November 8th.
Stuart was born in Edmonton Alberta, son of Carole and Jack Laurie and brother to Scott and Christine. Stuart grew up loving sports- football and hockey in particular and he enjoyed watching the Edmonton Oilers and Canadian icon Wayne Gretzsky throughout his youth. Not only was Stu a phenomenal athlete, he also loved the outdoors, joining his Dad for annual fishing and hunting trips since he was old enough to hold a gun- a tradition he has now passed down to his own son, many years later.
In 1994 Stuart moved to Lethbridge Alberta, where his love for all thing’s nature pushed him to enroll into the Environmental Sciences program at the Lethbridge College. It was during this time Stuart began his first of 19 years working at Costco Wholesale, where he not only created many lifelong friendships, he also met his future wife.
In 1995, at age 26, Stuart made the choice to become a stepfather to Ashlyn and Noel. Stu took on the duty of parenthood to 4 and 9-year-old girls, without any hesitation or protest. In 1999, he officially became a husband. After many pregnancy attempts, Stu and Sandy welcomed their first child together, Kristen, into the world in April of 2000. As a father to three young girls, Stuart’s dream of having a son was granted with the birth of Jackson, in July of 2002. It was during this time that Stu was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer: a disease he battled through and overcame with grace and dignity. Stuarts struggle with cancer and resulting cardiovascular disease years later showcased his resilient nature and desire to fight for his wife, 4 children, family, and friends at all costs. Stuart continued to fight for them all until his very last moment on this Earth.
Stuart is survived by his wife of 20+ years Sandra Laurie; 3 daughters, (Noel & Blair Stolz, Ashlyn & Rob Gunderson, Kristen Laurie); son, (Jackson Laurie); 2 Granddaughters, (Morgan and Avery Stolz); Sister, (Christine & Bill Morgan); Brother, (Scott & Andrea Laurie & Children- Alyssa & Julianne); Parents, (Carole & Jack Laurie), as well as many close friends and extended family members.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at 1:00pm on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday November 30, 2019 at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel, 610- 4 Street South, Lethbridge Alberta, with Reverend Eva Stanley, officiating.
Flowers are gratefully declined. For those who do wish, memorial donations may be made to Kristen and Jackson Laurie Post-Secondary Education Fund, as we are certain this would be Stuart’s request. Link can be found here: paypal.me/laurieeducationfund
Stu was a man of selflessness, resiliency, and self-sacrifice. He will forever be known for his quirky humor, his handle-bar mustache, his tell-it-how-it-is advice, and his forever love for his family and friends.
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