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It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Troy Dion Misseghers on February 3, 2024, in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. He was 50 years old.
Troy was known for his larger-than-life personality, his infectious smile, and his love of the mountains. Above all, he loved his wife Christine, pups Darrah and Khyber, and the life they built during their 23 years of marriage.
Troy was legendary in all that he did – whether it was mountain biking, split boarding, ski touring, playing in the mountains, or building a successful business, Crowsnest Coffee Company, alongside Christine. He was trained as a machinist and worked in industry before pursuing a career as an entrepreneur which suited his free spirit and adventurous lifestyle.
Born and raised in Fort McMurray, AB, Troy’s love for the outdoors came at an early age as he explored the trails of the boreal forest. He quickly took to mountain biking and enjoyed great success racing on both a national, and international, level. He earned many achievements and won many awards during his years of racing; but his biggest takeaway from this period of his life were the friendships he made.
Troy and Christine moved to Crowsnest Pass in 2001, shortly after getting married, and truly began to set down roots. As they explored their beautiful backyard, they made many lifelong friendships doing the things they loved. Troy genuinely cherished the personal connections he made, and he made many. Everyone who met Troy was impacted by his positive attitude, his huge heart, and his natural warmth.
One of Troy’s favourite expressions was “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away” and Troy did his best to pack his life full of these moments. He genuinely loved life and held deep respect and wonder for the landscape he spent so much time exploring.
Troy’s enthusiasm for outdoor activity, coupled with his high level of fitness, meant that not many were able to keep up with him out on the trails. When Troy met someone who could move (almost) as quickly as him, then they were friends for life. Adventure days with Troy usually involved a visit to the “pain cave”, a few Pepsis, a lot of laughter, and a million photos. When out on adventures, it was not uncommon for Troy to be leading the pack, and always “just up ahead”. Troy may no longer be physically here, but his memory will live forever with us, and he will always be “just up ahead”.
Always leading the pack, Troy was an unwavering supporter of everyone who played in the mountains, regardless of their pace or experience. He consistently took the time to offer words of encouragement to those he encountered on the trails, celebrating every achievement, no matter the size.
Troy held a deep appreciation for the connections he made, whether on the trails, through Crowsnest Coffee, or within the various community events and initiatives he passionately supported. Gratitude is extended to everyone who enriched his life – he treasured the people in his world above all else.
Left to cherish his memory and celebrate his life are his wife, Christine; his father, Murray (Mary Anna); sisters, Andrea and Sherri (Jake); nephews, Skyler, Kaleb, and Aiden; nieces, Chelsey, Meagan, Dawn, and Rachel; along with his beloved dogs, Darrah and Khyber. Troy was preceded by his mother, Bonnie, and his best boy, Luke.
Troy's family and friends extend heartfelt gratitude to the community for its support and compassion during this challenging period. A special acknowledgment goes to the Crowsnest Pass RCMP and Southwest Alberta Regional Search and Rescue.
We have learned through this tragedy how important it is to prioritize mental health as much as physical health. In honour of Troy, stay active, lead with love and joy, and embrace the outdoors with your loved ones. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be sincerely appreciated by the Southwest Alberta Regional Search and Rescue Society (www.sarsar.ca).
A Celebration of Life, Troy Stories will be held from 1:00pm until 3:00pm on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Crowsnest Consolidated High School (8901 - 20 Ave. Coleman, AB T0K 0M0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555