McBurney, Spencer Lloyd

McBURNEY: Spencer Lloyd was born at the Souris Hospital on September 22, 1961 to William (Bill) and Margaret McBurney and passed from this life, July 1, 2019. He grew up on the family farm south of Elgin and took his schooling at Elgin Elementary and Hartney High Schools, where he graduated in 1979. He was always an excellent student and well liked by his teachers and peers.

Being so adept at his books and numbers, he landed his first job at Manitoba Health in the payroll department in October 1979, where he was the Payroll Supervisor until 1992, when he became a payroll officer at Brandon University. In 1994, he moved to Calgary to become a payroll officer at Bennett Jones Law Offices.

Later, he returned to Manitoba and took on the tasks at Lucy’s Flowers & Gifts in Wawanesa. Cooking, pouring coffee, folding church bulletins, proofing the Lioness Express, handling Greyhound and Sears parcels, and delivering floral tributes were some of the things he took pride in doing, until due to declining health he was unable to keep on with those tasks.

Spencer is survived by his mother, Margaret McBurney, Sisters: Shirley, Leona (Grant Gillies), Barbara (Karl Cameron) and brother Garnet, as well as nephews, nieces and a grand niece and nephew. He was predeceased by his father William McBurney in 2000.

Spencer had a caring and gentle nature. He had an avid interest in music, keyboard, violin and later, clarinet. As a young person, he loved to share his alto voice in worship hymns and this deepened the faith he had for his Lord, God. He had a special relationship with Jesus Christ, which was evident in many of the conversations he shared over the years.

Having no children of his own, Spencer’s nieces and nephews were a delight to him, both as young children, and on into their adult lives.

Being adept at all things electronic, like computers, TVs, PVRs and all the latest phones and tablets, people were constantly asking his advice about how to make their gadgets work.

He will be very much missed by family and friends and will be long remembered with both laughter and tears. Rest in peace, Spencer.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Spencer’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral Service was held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment in the Elgin Cemetery.

29 thoughts on “McBurney, Spencer Lloyd”

  1. My sincere condolences on the loss of your son, brother, uncle.
    My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    Penny Schoonbaert

  2. With our deepest sympathy to you Shirley & your family, Spencer was a kind, caring person & will be missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers in the many days to come
    Bob, & Jan McDonald

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. With sympathy and condolences, Karen (Woods) Yetter

  4. Only the hope of heaven eases the immense loss. Our prayers are with and for each of you. Spencer’s smile and unique sense of humour enriched many school days in Elgin. Thanks for those memories, Spencer. You will be missed.

  5. So very sorry to hear this sad news, Shirley. Sending hugs and prayers.

  6. I’m am saddened to hear of Spencer’s passing. He was a kind, sweet person who has left too soon. RIP Spencer!

  7. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time, Margaret.
    Sincerely, Barry & Irene Bromley

  8. So sorry to hear about this sad news. My thoughts are with you all, Margaret, Shirley, Garnet & Barbie and families.

  9. Very sorry to hear of Spencer’s passing. I have fond memories of working with Spencer at the Brandon Provincial Building in the 80’s. He also taught aerobics after work in the basement. I always think of him when I hear the song Wang Chung. Great guy.

  10. Our thoughts are with your family at this time, may your special memories bring you comfort.

  11. We are both very saddened to hear of spencer’s passing. When he lived in Calgary, we would always try to get together for dinner whenever we flew in or out on our trips west. He was so kind and gentle with a great sense of humour and a love of family. The world feels somehow diminished without him. Our sincerest condolences go out to all of you.

  12. Our sincere condolences to you, Shirley, and your family. He was a kind man, and will be missed. Sincerely, Bruce & Janie Beare

  13. Thinking of you,Shirley, with caring sympathy as you remember your brother,along with the rest of your family. Peace to all of you.

  14. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Spencer was such a kind and quiet man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cyril and Kathy Druwe

  15. Thinking off you my Friend Shirley!❤️ Our sincerest condolences in the loss of you dear brother. As you well know the your comfort and peace comes from our LORD JESUS CHRIST! May you and the rest of your family and friends find that comfort knowing he is in his heavenly home now! God bless you all.✝️

  16. I worked with Spencer at Brandon university and he was a caring and fun loving person ! We had a lot of good times in the payroll office.
    My sincere condolences to his family.
    Rest in peace , Spencer!

  17. Spencer was a great guy – kind, gentle, funny. He was well respected at Bennett Jones, and is not forgotten 5+ years later. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  18. Spencer was a kind gentleman with a lovely sense of humour. With fondness we enjoyed our friendship and fun at Bennett Jones with many laughs and great conversations. Spencer adored his family, loved his friends and God. We pray he found peace and comfort from those he loved dearly. Spencer was a special man, a shining star and will be missed by all. Condolences to those who surrounded him in love and life. We hold close our very special memories of Spencer now and forever.
    Sundie and Chris Bergamin

  19. My condolences to all who knew and loved Spencer. I worked with Spencer at Bennett Jones for many years and always enjoyed his vivacious personality, his great sense of humour and his ability to make you smile! May the memories of Spencer forever bring warmth to your heart.
    Until we meet again,

    Jacqueline Mill

  20. I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Spencer’s passing. We worked together at Bennett Jones and always loved any time I got to go over and see Spencer and Brenda in their offices. A beautiful heart and beautiful person. Such a loss. I’m so very sorry to his friends and family.

  21. I am very saddened to hear of Spencer’s passing. I worked closely with Spencer for 8 years at Bennett Jones and have fond memories of the antics that we shared. He was an incredible teacher and wonderful friend.

  22. I am so saddened to learn of Spencer’s passing. I met Spencer while working at Bennett Jones. He was a very compassionate man and loved by everyone who met him. He will be dearly missed. Love you, Spencer.

  23. Spencer was such a lovely soul. His laugh, his smile, he was so kind — enjoyed working with him at Bennett Jones. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  24. Wishing Spencer’s extended family and friends heartfelt condolences as you honour his wonderful life. I also worked with Spencer at Bennett Jones for many years and have enjoyed our continued facebook connection since we both moved away from Calgary. Always with a smile and laugh is how I remember him.

  25. Our condolences to Margaret, Shirley, Leona, Garnet and Barb on the passing of your son and brother, Spencer. He is in Heaven with Jesus and his father, William. We know he is illness free and having a peaceful, wonderful time in Heaven.

    ‘Til We Meet Again!

  26. I just found out about Spencer’s passing. It was certainly a shock to learn he is no longer with us. I worked with Spencer for many years in Calgary and we had some fun times there. I will always be greatfull to him for helping me out when I was going through a particularly rough time. He was a very kind and gentle soul and will be dearly missed. Though I have not seen him for some time I always considered him a friend. Rest in peace Spence. I’m sure you will be listening to Yanni up there.

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