With deep sadness, we announce that Spencer Thomas Gary Atkinson passed away at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver due to cancer that stemmed from Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.
Spencer lived fully and with passion in his 31 years. He was a Canadian National Junior Track Cyclist, travelled many parts of the world, attained a BFA in Theatre (UBC), acted on stage and in film, lived on an ashram in India, attained a Masters of Software Systems (UBC) and landed his dream job as a Software Engineer at Electronic Arts (EA). Spencer loved the majesty of nature, all forms of physical activity, epic challenges, games, and dearly loved his friends and family.
He leaves his mother Lori (Cheryl), father Gary (Kathy), and sister Jacqueline (Heather) as well as many other treasured family members. A beautiful living celebration was held in Vancouver. At Spencer’s request, dear friends and family members partied in his room on the Palliative Unit. Spencer held court, made his usual wise-cracks, laughed, hugged, and expressed his love and gratitude.
Spencer felt strongly about organ donation. To honour him please consider organ donor registration. In lieu, of flowers we request donations to the Canadian Liver Foundation and/or the Canadian Crohns and Colitis Association.