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Born: Jan 19, 1940

Date of Passing: Aug 17, 2019

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January 19, 1940 - August 17, 2019

With profound sadness we announce Roy's passing after his lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Anne, of 55 years, sons, David (Carol) and Darren (Jennifer), grandsons, Graham, Nicholas, Emmett and Gordon, granddaughter Eva, brother David (Margaret), nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Roy was predeceased by his mother Lillian, father George, brothers, Al, George, John, and sister Pat.
The youngest of six, Roy was born in Arden, Manitoba and grew up on Redwood Avenue in Winnipeg. After graduating from St. John's High School, Roy worked as a lab technician with the provincial forestry service and subsequently the Grain Exchange. Building on his aptitude for technical and scientific work, Roy moved to Chalk River, Ontario in 1963 where he started his 35-year career as an electron microscopist with Atomic Energy of Canada. In 1964, Roy married the love of his life. Anne and Roy moved to Pinawa in 1965 where they raised their family and Roy continued his work at the Whiteshell Laboratories until his retirement in 1998. In 1986, he earned his diploma from The Royal Microscopical Society at Oxford University in England, an achievement of which he was most proud.
Roy had many passions in life. In addition to hunting and fishing with his boys, he was an avid golfer and a competitive runner. Dad finished numerous marathons and was a top-ranked master's category runner for many years. Dad enjoyed training, the spirit of competition and the camaraderie that running brought to his life. He looked forward to partridge hunting with his grandsons each fall. Grandpa never missed a shot.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Pat Harris for her care and support over the past several years. Thank you to everyone that contributed to Dad's care, including CancerCare Manitoba, Grace Hospital ICU, and Dr. Bruneau and the nursing team at the Pinawa Hospital. Thank you to all who have reached out to support the family in this difficult time.
At Roy's request, a small family interment will be held at the Pinawa Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Siloam Mission or CancerCare Manitoba.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Anne I was very sorry to hear of Roy's passing. I enjoyed the times we were able to golf together with the Wed. golf challenge back in the day. I very much enjoyed his bear stories. Take care Anne. - Posted by: Frank Molnar (Friend) on: Aug 29, 2019

  • My heart absolutely breaks for Anne and the rest of the family. I used to enjoy my conversations with Roy while I worked at AECL. I remember the last time I talked with him when he called me at work at the UofM. I was so happy to hear from him and spent the rest of my day smiling. It made my day! And it wouldn’t have been Roy without a smart a** comment about my horse. Ha Ha. I will miss you Roy. My condolences to Anne and the rest of the family during this difficult time. ❤️ - Posted by: Lesa Cafferty (Friend and work mate at AECL) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • So sorry for your loss Anne. My sincerest condolences. - Posted by: Mary Greber (Friend) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • Worked with Roy on the Electron Microscope at Whiteshell for many years. He was an excellent microscopist. My sincere condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Peter Chow (Colleague) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • Sincere condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Peter Marykuca (Grew up with Roy and David on Redwood Ave.) on: Aug 25, 2019

  • Anne, My sincere condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time. - Posted by: Shirley Frank (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

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