McIntosh, William Thomas Stuart (Stu), born June 28, 1940,
in Warrington England, passed away in the afternoon of
November 25, 2012 in Victoria, British Columbia.
Predeceased by his parents Charles and Madeline and his sister Jill, Stu leaves behind his devoted wife Allene, his children Andrew (Ronnie), Jane (Guy) and Angela (Chris) and his granddaughter, Olivia, who will all miss him dearly. Stu is also survived by his sisters Meryl (Laurie), Sheila (Roy) and Alison (Tim) in England and his brother-in-law Jeremy Potter in Australia, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews in the UK and around the world.
Stu came to Canada in late 1967 and started working for Transport Canada, later transferring to Public Works and Government Services Canada, retiring in 1995. He received the Assistant Deputy Minister Award – Architectural and Engineering Services for his outstanding service and loyalty. After moving to the Comox Valley in late 1999 he became very involved in the Comox Valley Curling Club; he was also a member of the Comox Little River Enhancement Society and served as Vice President, and became an honorary member in the Comox Valley Fly Fishers Club in light of his long association with them. He also loved rugby, playing the game in his youth in the UK and in Vancouver as a member of the Vancouver Rowing Club. He later became a referee.
Stu participated in many community activities. He enjoyed being a youth mentor, volunteering for several years in the 1970’s and 80’s as a scout master, and as coach for the West Vancouver Royals boys soccer team. Stu was always sportsmanlike, fair and ethical, and encouraged the same values in those he mentored. He believed that if something was worth doing, it was worth doing right. Stu’s unfailing optimism was contagious, and he was always willing to impart wisdom and advice. His genuine, kind and outgoing personality will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life was held on Saturday December 1st attended by his family and close friends.
Heartfelt thanks go out to all his friends, neighbours, doctors and nurses in Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, St Josephs Emergency Ward Comox, the Renal Unit in Cumberland, the drivers of the Handy Dart, and pharmacists who showed him so much care and kindness. Donations to the BC Kidney Foundation in his memory would be gratefully accepted.
In the words of a longtime family friend, Stuart had the biggest soccer shoes he’d ever seen and an even bigger heart.