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Date of Passing: May 02, 2021

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In the early hours of May 2, 2021, Roy passed peacefully to be with his beloved wife, Blanche Mary. In his words, it was time to "head to the barn".
Roy was a family man, devoted to his wife and four girls, their husbands, his grandchildren, and their children, attending many sporting events and helping out when needed. Family and extended family were important to him, and the annual Christie reunions in Oakville, Manitoba were attended without fail. Roy thrived in social moments, and hosted gatherings through the years with friends, colleagues, and family. Christmas Eve at the Christie's was an 'institution', welcoming any and all who wanted to celebrate.
An avid traveler and camper who had setting up his campsite down to a science, many great memories were created over the years. Roy was also a fierce competitor in curling, handball, golf and shuffleboard.
He was a consummate businessman, a 'numbers man' who taught us the value of a dollar. Dedicating 30 years to the T. Eaton Co., Roy achieved a name for himself through loyalty and hard work, winning awards for his innovation and making many lifelong friends. Jet-setting internationally as an Eaton buyer, he became renowned as the "Toy Man".
Roy loved his years with Blanche in their 'tin house' in Arizona, enjoying the warmth of the Arizona sun. Organizing and hosting events with their fellow snowbirds was their passion.
Dad will be deeply missed by his four daughters, Daryl, Dorothy, Donna and Denise and their families: his surviving brother, Murray (Lois) and his lifelong best man, Bill Spears.
A virtual service is being planned.
To recognize and reflect our deep appreciation to the very dedicated staff at Golden West Centennial Lodge, donations may be directed in Roy's name to the facility, or to our family church, Westworth United Church.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I have many fond memories of early life and later in Arizona. Sending you all my love and condolences. - Posted by: Michael Eppard (Friend) on: May 16, 2021

  • I met Roy many years ago when he and his "mates" were regulars at my coffee shop (Forbidden Flavours). He was always smiling and quick witted - never missed an opportunity to share something funny and make us laugh. My condolences to each of you and may he live on in your cherished memories. - Posted by: Katherine Dyne (acquaintance) on: May 09, 2021

  • I had known Roy and Blanche for many years through my association at Westworth United Church. Roy just loved a chat and was always ready to strike up a conversation. He was a bubbly, enthusiast person who made you feel comfortable about life in general and after the conversation you always felt better about yourself. I know that the last number of years Roy's health deteriorated and I know also he will be missed. My heart prayers and love are extended to all his "girls" Daryl, Dorothy, Donna and Denise. Mel Finlayson - Posted by: Mel Finlayson (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • Condolences to the Christie family. Met Roy when I was working at West Park Manor and had the pleasure of looking after Blanche. Quite the character and we always enjoyed his visits..RIP Roy. - Posted by: Heather Trosky (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

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