May 30, 1928 – July 28, 2015
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Duncan Stockwell, our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Duncan passed away on July 28, at home after a nine and a half year battle with multiple myeloma. Undeterred by this diagnosis, he remained active and enthusiastic about life. he golfed less than his age-an 85-on June 4!
Duncan was born in Edmonton, Alberta, where he raised his family and worked until the early ‘80’s when he moved to BC. A lifelong avid sportsman—golf, skiing, racquetball and pickle ball are just a few of the sports in which he excelled. His entrepreneurial spirit and business accomplishments were equally impressive. He was a contractor in Alberta and while there built the largest open span steel building of its time in North America. He and his wife Lindsay Sparkes moved to Courtenay in 2001. Here they continued to share a passion for dancing, skiing and golf. As a “retirement hobby”, Duncan sold and installed awnings throughout the Comox Valley.
Duncan is survived by his wife Lindsay, his children, Diane Thomas (Ryan) of Edmonton, Lesley Balhausen (Tom) of Pemberton, Grant Stockwell (Monique Mehl) of North Vancouver, and six grandchildren, Evan, Mackenzie, Nick, Jesse, Katie and Eton as well as numerous friends.
A life lived to the fullest each and every day to the best of his ability and on his own terms. A life to be celebrated and a role model for us all. Our sadness contains tears of happiness to have known a man who understood the essence of life and acknowledged his appreciation and joy in so many ways. Live. Love. Laugh and dance ‘til you’re done.
Oh, to have burned so bright!
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for August 23 at 2:00 PM in the Crown Isle Ballroom. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to BC Cancer Agency, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation or Comox Valley Hospice Society. We wish to thank all of the caregivers, nurses and doctors who assisted Duncan and Lindsay.