Industry pioneer loses lengthy battle with ALS
Barclay Hambrook, a leader in the energy sector, died after a two-and-a-half year battle with ALS.
According to a statement, “Barclay was one of a kind. Most important Barclay was always a ‘class act’ and a true gentleman in his business and personal life. He was always full of life and lived every day to the fullest. Barclay had his priorities right, loving family and friends was number one. He treated everyone with the utmost respect and was truly interested in people.
“Barclay was always curious, smart, wise, generous. He loved to learn and share his experiences while always inspiring others. He was a great man always to be remembered and cherished.”
Barclay passed away on Monday, Sept. 27, in the company of “his loving wife, Colleen Hambrook (nee Sproule) and daughter, Chantel Hambrook, and sister-in-law Cathy Sproule by his side.”
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease) is a disease that gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe.
Barclay was an experienced energy executive, building and leading multiple successful domestic and international companies, including Pennwest, Americas Petrogas, and GrowMax Agri Corp.
Funeral services will be held at McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, 5008 Elbow Dr SW, Calgary, Alta., on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 2 pm.