Bartley Oegema

Obituary of Bartley Oegema

Bart passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on the morning of February 20th, 2021 at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional hospital. He had been “living with cancer” (his words) for just over four years. Diagnosed in October 2016 with stage 4 colon cancer, his oncologist explained that the statistics of survival was likely two years, chemo treatments the rest of his life, and no cure. To Bart, believing that it is God who numbers our days and being a civil engineer, those were just statistics. Over the course of 4 years he had 70 chemotherapy treatments and two rounds of radiation. He was born in Edmonton, AB to parents Fred and Anna Oegema. In his early years he went to Beacon Heights, then Highlands Jr. High and graduated from Eastglen at the age of 17. He worked during the summer months in construction in northern Alberta to pay his way through university. He entered the University of Alberta in 1979 and graduated with distinction in 1983 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering. He wrote an exam and was awarded a grant to any university in Canada to do his master’s degree. He started at the University of Waterloo in the fall of 1983. He became involved with the “College and Careers Young Adults” group at Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly. It was at a Christmas event that he met his future wife, Sheila. They dated for several months and he decided to fly her to Edmonton to meet his family. He explained to his father that Sheila was a good cook and made great pies, had her own good set of pots and pans and a good vacuum cleaner. They were married in November of 1985. He finished his Masters in Applied Science degree in civil engineering in the fall of 1985, graduating with distinction. His first job was at Ontario Hydro in the River System’s Division in downtown Toronto. He commuted from Waterloo for 2 years and in 1987, Bart and Sheila moved to Mississauga, ON where he caught the “GO” train to work. They decided in the fall of 1988, after some changes with his job, to move out west. He applied for a job at the SK Water Corporation as a hydrologist. He was offered a position and they moved to Moose Jaw, SK in February of 1989 with their two-week old son, Andrew. Bart described Moose Jaw to Sheila as a small city with big city features. He had 32 fulfilling and challenging years at the now-called SK Water Security Agency, with his final position as a Hydrologist Specialist. He also acquired his P. Eng (Professional Engineer Designation) in 1997. Bart and Sheila raised two fine sons together: Andrew and Phillip. Bart was a servant-at-heart and served on the boards of (former) Block parents, Joe’s Place Youth Centre, and Cornerstone Christian School. He also served faithfully as an elder at Hillcrest Apostolic church, often as chair, for over 24 years. He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Anna Oegema, and brother Lloyd. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Sheila (nee Zurbrigg); his beloved sons, Andrew (Heidi); grandson, Anthony; and Phillip (Natasha); grandson, Isaac; granddaughter, Audrey; sister, Weta Rachinsky (Randy); Niece, Christina (Daniel); nephew, Rick (Tanya); brother, Dan (Lorna); niece, Jessica (Brad); nephews, Luke and Chad; sisters-in-law, Elaine (Robert), Dianne (Allan), Marilyn, and Brenda (Roger); brothers-in-law, Gilbert (Nancy), Keith (Sharon), Lavern (Christine), and Jim (Lorie) and all their respective families. His love of life and God, and his devotion in serving his Lord and Saviour, in so many areas of service in which he willingly carried out with his gift of administration and devoted service to his work, will not be forgotten. Underneath that stern and serious face was a man who loved his wife, family, friends and colleagues at work, and he will be great missed. His earthly life is finished, his fight is over, his body rests. As he struggled in his last days he had said to his son, Phill that he was looking forward to lying down in those green pastures as referred to in Psalm 23. No doubt, not for long as his body is now healed and whole, as he is in heaven with his Lord and Saviour. We will see you again, dear and precious Bart. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1:30PM. To view the service please click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDTpSkD9Da1sp9Xf5A5QNw As an expression of sympathy, donations in Bart’s name may be made to Joe’s Place Youth Centre, 402 Main St. N, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 3K2. Arrangements are entrusted to Jones-Parkview Funeral Services, 474 Hochelaga St. W, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 2G9. 306-693-4644. In living memory of Bartley, a memorial planting will be made by Jones - Parkview Funeral Services.
Saturday
27
February

Celebration of Life

1:30 pm
Saturday, February 27, 2021
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online
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
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