It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Sidney John Roy Herrling on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015. Dad was born in Chilliwack B.C. on May 4th, 1932 and grew up in the Laidlaw area. He graduated from Hope High School (apparently voted most unlikely to succeed) little did they know! He had several different jobs throughout his early life, one of those being, a faller in a logging camp where he suffered a severe head injury and remained in the hospital for several weeks. While on a trip to the Okanagan to visit his sister, he met and became friends with his future brother-in-law who in turn led him to Dawn, his wife of 61 years. During this time he found employment at Vernon Box & Pine, then Hemming Tire in Kamloops, then back to Vernon where he worked at Hemming Tire for many years. Mom and Dad eventually decided to go it on their own and went into business as “Roy’s Tire Service” in the early 70’s. “Big Roy” as he was affectionately named put his heart and soul into that business and it was indeed a huge success! Roy was such a warm and compassionate man, he cared deeply for all his many loyal customers. He was always so proud that he was an “Independent Tire store” and was also deeply proud that his son Mike worked with him at the shop. He was even more proud when grandson Dave also joined them at Roy’s Tire!
Sadly in 2001, while at work, Dad suffered a life altering stroke which made it necessary to sell the business to his dreaded competitor Kal Tire! Mom cared for Dad at home for 12 years until his needs became too great. His new home than became Polson Residential Care where he remained until his passing.
Mom continued to visit Dad, each and every day, always bringing him some treat to go with their afternoon tea. Dad so loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren and they, in turn, were lucky to have had the opportunity of knowing their great Granddad!
Dad is survived by his loving wife Dawn, son Mike (Brenda) Herrling, daughter Deb (Gary) Keenan. Further survived by grandchildren Dave (Theresa) Herrling of Williams Lake, Kim (Kurt) Zimmermann of Vernon, Cheri Keenan of Port Moody, Trevor (Angie) Keenan of Vernon, Haley (Ty) Elliott of Nanton, Alberta. Also by his prized great grandchildren: Aidan and Emma Herrling, Kayla and Kameron Zimmermann, Jaiden Keenan, Tori and Trent Keenan and Carter and Raena Elliott.
Dad is further survived by his sister, Verda (Les) Wick, brother, Harry (Diane) Herrling, sisters-in-law Joan Fox, Joan Ogilvie and Pam Ogilvie. Predeceased by parents Sid & Ruth Herrling, sisters Louise, Gladys, infant sister Mary and Iris, brothers-in-law, Charlie Bonsan and Wally Britch, Also, predeceased by Mom’s parents, George & Gwen Ogilvie, brothers-in law Bill Ogilvie, Bruce Ogilvie & Jack Fox.
Funeral Service will be at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Saturday October 24th, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. Refreshments and light lunch to follow. Flowers respectfully declined. Should you wish please donate to the charity of your choice.