Timothy “Tim” John Webber
February 22, 1954 – May 09, 2018
It is with great sadness and deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Tim at his home in High River, Alberta.
Tim leaves behind his four daughters: Jill Truscott, Emily Vidricaire, Hilary Webber, and Melanie Webber, and three grandchildren: Jack Truscott, Ruby Truscott, and Victoria Vidricaire. He leaves behind his sister Jocelyn Kaiser, brother-in-law Jeff Kaiser, as well as niece Sarah and nephews Matthew and David. He was predeceased by his mother Linda (1996). His father Royston passed away at age 98 in the days following Tim’s death. Tim is also mourned by Margaret Webber and Cheryl Webber.
Tim was born in 1954 in Cardiff, Wales, to Francis John “Royston” Webber and Linda Webber (Jenkins), both of whom originated from Glamorgan, Wales. In 1956, the family relocated to Oakville, Ontario, and then in 1957, to Mississauga, Ontario, where Jocelyn and Tim were raised.
Tim excelled in many things in his youth – he was a gifted rower, played high school football, and was an excellent student (when having extra-curricular fun permitted). While attending the University of Toronto, Tim completed a work term as an engineer in Fort McMurray, Alberta. This experience cemented Tim’s desire to work as an engineer in Alberta’s oil patch – a decision that would set the course of his life.
Upon completion of his B.A.Sc. in Engineering in 1980, Tim relocated to Calgary, Alberta with his wife Margaret Webber, and began his career. As a novice engineer, Tim loved to wear bow ties to work, a memory we hope his colleagues share. In 1981, Tim and Margaret welcomed the first of their four daughters, Jill. Tim’s career brought the family to Fort McMurray where he and Margaret welcomed their second daughter, Emily, in 1984. Returning to Calgary, Tim worked for a number of different companies, finding continued success as a chemical engineer. Tim and Margaret welcomed their youngest two daughters, Hilary and Melanie, in 1989 and 1991 (respectively).
Tim married Cheryl Webber in 2009, and Tim became close to her four sons, Denver, Matthew, Kurt, and Joel, and their partners and children. Although Tim’s mother sadly passed away from cancer in 1996, Tim never lost an opportunity to care for his elderly father, Royston. Although Tim was extremely thankful that his sister Jocelyn was in Mississauga to care for Royston every day, Tim always wanted to do more to help, taking Royston to California for a month in 2006, and missing extended periods of work in the following years to assist Jocelyn in caring for their father. Royston sadly passed away at age 98 in the days following Tim’s death.
As Tim’s expertise and knowledge grew throughout his career, he became a thermal heavy oil specialist and an expert in SAGD technology. He was dedicated to the oil and gas community, mentoring numerous young engineers, giving advice and information to countless friends and colleagues, and working hard to connect people to each other. He was a consummate professional and was passionate about his work. Tim also developed a widespread consultation practice, working with companies and professionals throughout the energy industry in Calgary, Alberta, and North America, all of whom will remember his knowledge and kindness.
Tim was renowned for his intelligence and dedication, as well as for his ability to crack a joke at pretty much anything. He enjoyed having a beer with his colleagues and friends, and discussing every imaginable topic – he was something of a human encyclopedia. Tim appreciated a huge variety of music, military history, British comedy shows, cycling, and especially loved cars and motorcycles. His family’s memories certainly include the hours that Tim loved to spend working on his car or motorcycle of the day. Tim’s daughters will especially miss his numerous “Tim-isms” and sayings, and would greatly appreciate if his friends and colleagues could share their own favourites of his numerous sayings.
His wisdom, drive, and humour will be deeply missed by those who worked with him in the past, and the teams he leaves behind presently.
Tim’s life and legacy will be celebrated on June 1, 2018 at 2:30 PM at the Petroleum Club (319 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0L5). We invite all of Tim’s friends and family to attend this celebration of his life, and to share photos, condolences, and stories of Tim above.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.