Peacefully passed away on July 17, 2009, in Vernon’s Hospice House at the age of 85.
Roy was pre-deceased by his wife Jean Ward of St. Eugene, Ontario (Dec/03) and brothers John and Bernard of Vankleek Hill, Ontario. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his two sisters, Ruby Lowe of Lachute, Quebec and Frances in Montreal; his two sons in Vernon, Ward (Cathi), Andy, and Janice; his four grandchildren, Pearse, Evan, Holly, and Jamie, and close friend Noreen Jodoin of Vernon.
Roy was born in Vankleek Hill and served as a Navigator in the RCAF (1943-45). He attended Queens University in Chemical Engineering. In 1949 he joined the major appliance division of Canadian General Electric in Montreal and held numerous positions over a career of 40 years, culminating in Manager of Marketing Administration responsible for Market Research, Plant Loading, National Order Service & Central Distribution Center.
He married Jean in 1950, and in 1958 they moved to St Bruno, Quebec and raised their two sons. After retiring, Roy and Jean moved to Vernon in 1993 to be nearer their grandchildren. They resided at Ironwood, and Roy served on their Council for 5 years. He was a Charter member of the Catholic Knights of Columbus # 12202, Our Lady of the Valley, and served as Treasurer of both the St. James Church and Our Lady of the Valley. He was a member of the RCAF Assoc. #899 North Okanagan Wing.
He was an avid golfer and a long time member of Hillview Golf Course. He was also a supporter of the Vernon Lakers/Vipers for many years. Roy was a loving father and devoted family man. No matter what activity or sport his grandchildren participated in, he would be there supporting them. A kind and gentle soul, who will be greatly missed.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Valley on Friday, July 24, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Dale Normandeau, Celebrant. Roy is to be cremated and then buried in the family plot in St. Eugene, Ontario, at a later date.
Words cannot describe how grateful the family is for the compassionate and caring staff at Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Roy to the Canadian Cancer Society or the North Okanagan Hospice Society.