Maurice Rolf Trockstad passed away peacefully on May 7th in Nanaimo, BC at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife Lourdes Trockstad, and his children Wendy Tite (husband Allan Turner) and Larry Trockstad (wife Deb Trockstad). Forever remembered by his sibling Leif Trockstad and his many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Maurice was predeceased by his parents Alf and Janet Trockstad, and his siblings Betty Ann Fredericks, Eivind Trockstad and Bruce Trockstad.
Maurice was born in New Dayton, Alberta on September 13th, 1933, and attended Lethbridge Collegiate High School. He was an ambitious and serious youngster, who helped his father with his delivery business and worked setting up pins at the local bowling alley. In 1954 Maurice became a journeyman electrician and founded Lethbridge Electric, and later Stardust Homes and Master Electric.
He had many passions including hiking, camping, canoeing, biking and skiing, as well as travelling throughout the world. Despite having a multitude of interests, his greatest passion was his love of music. As a gifted pianist, guitarist and vocalist, he spent many years entertaining audiences throughout Alberta, with his favorite haunt being the Marquis Hotel in Lethbridge.
Maurice moved to Nanaimo in 1999 where he spent his retirement years with his caring wife Lourdes, enjoying the beauty of island life. He had a genuine love for all animals, large and small, which resulted in him harbouring a skunk, a muskrat, a mouse and a goat, among other animals over the years. Maurice was known and loved for his generosity and willingness to help anyone and everyone, and therefore had a positive impact on many people’s lives. He was a wonderful and prolific storyteller as well; his ability to weave humour and compassion into his tales from the past will never be forgotten. A few of his favourite videos are included below. In the meantime, look for him on the Southern Alberta landscape, riding his Triumph...
At Maurice's request there will be no funeral or Celebration of Life. His remains will be cremated in Nanaimo on May 9th, 2023. Any donations would be gratefully accepted to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.