Thomas Earl Staples, P.Eng.

Thomas Earl Staples, P.Eng., a manager and a University of Alberta civil engineering graduate, died unexpectedly in Fort McMurray on Jan. 2 at 45 years of age. Mr. Staples was the manager of geotechnical/material services for McMurray Resources (Research & Testing) Ltd.

Mr. Staples played a key role in growing MRRT because of his immaculate nature and common sense, says a eulogy given by his colleague Pat Little. “I could write a report, check it twice or more, only for Tom to spot the mistakes within seconds. He was always very professional, organized and detailed,” said Mr. Little.

Mr. Staples’ career took him from Edmonton to Yellowknife, from Dawson Creek to Fort McMurray. They were good places to live for a man who enjoyed fishing, camping and snowmobiling. Mr. Staples, also an ardent golfer, jumped into all his endeavors with gusto.

“ Tom was a fantastic person and will be deeply missed,” Mr. Little said.
Mr. Staples is survived by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and numerous friends and other relatives. Memorial donations may be made to the Foundation for the Northern Lights Health Centre, 7 Hospital St., Fort McMurray, T9H 1P2.

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