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Born: Dec 11, 1929

Date of Passing: May 10, 2021

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December 11, 1929 - May 10, 2021

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Roy William Fardoe on May 10, 2021, at the age of 91 years, following a brief illness.
Left to cherish Roy's memory is his loving wife Betty; children, Brenda (John), Susan (Neil) and Scott (Lisa); grandchildren, Melanie (Chris), Travis (Aston), Daryk (Carolyn), Devon (Steven), Hillary (Rob), Natasha, Skyler (Matt); great-grandchildren, Ireland, Dawson, Ariana, Jade, Joon, Hope, Jack and Lily; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Roy was predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Alice Fardoe; brothers, Archie, Edwin, Clifford, Ronald and Robert; and sisters, Muriel, Edna, Marguerite, Jeanette and Ruth.
Roy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised on the family dairy farm, Prairie Rose Dairy in Rosser, Manitoba. Dad often said life was very tough on the farm and especially so before they had electricity, but he always had very fond memories of the good times spent there with family and friends. It was a welcoming home for all with shared music, meals and laughter.
Dad met Mom at a dance at Patterson's Barn and they were soon married on June 14, 1952. Mom and Dad loved to dance and really knew how to cut a rug when they did the jive.
Dad started a career at Bullochs but was soon successful in attaining a position as a switchman at CNR where he had a long and distinguished career until his retirement. Dad was awarded a position as a Rules and Training Instructor for the CN Prairie Region and many a student was thankful to have such a skilled instructor. Dad was eventually asked to participate in an update of the CN Rail Operating Rules for publishment in Canada. This opportunity took Dad and Mom to Montreal for three years until the assignment was completed. Dad knew every rule in that book as he had committed them all to memory. Dad was extremely proud of his career at CN and was a conscientious and dedicated employee that was respected by many. Dad was honoured that the CN Glenavon Subdivision that runs between Kipling, SK and McCallum (Regina) has the Station at Mile 1.9 named Fardoe.
Dad was always an active member in the community. He was president of Border Community Club, coach of girl's baseball and coach of boy's hockey and baseball. Many of the boys and girls that played on these teams will remember stuffing themselves into Dad's car and he would drive us all to Dutch Maid for an ice cream, win or lose. Dad was also an active member of the Canadian Tenpin Federation, Winnipeg Tenpin Bowling Association, Red White and Blue Railroader League and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Dad and Mom travelled extensively after his retirement visiting many places in Canada, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Mexico. They spent many wonderful years vacationing in Corpus Christi, Texas making new friends along the way and welcoming family and longtime friends for winter visits. They enjoyed weekend gambling trips just south of the border and spending time in Manitoba socializing with friends. Dad and Mom spent many a summer camping in Canada and a section of the Great Trail at Winnipeg Beach bears their names. Dad and Mom actively attended any event that involved one of their grandchildren. Dad often stated that the only real thing he ever had in this life was his family.
Dad was a wonderful man, husband, father and friend. He was caring, kind and always the family jokester. Dad was a storyteller often entertaining everyone with stories of his life and experiences on the farm, railroader stories and tales of his everyday life experiences. He enjoyed playing his guitar and would spend many an hour sitting on his bed strumming tunes and singing. Dad did everything for his family. He truly was our hero, and he will forever be remembered and cherished in our hearts.

We love you dearly Dad.

Those we love don't go away
They walk beside us everyday
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and always dear.

In accordance with Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.
Condolences for the family may be left on or www.passages.
A tribute stone honouring Dad and Mom will be placed near the duck pond at Assiniboine Zoo.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Our condolences for Roy's entire family. We always enjoyed his company at birthday celebrations for Devon and Daryk. - Posted by: Rhéal Teffaine and Carmen Howatt (friend) on: May 22, 2021

  • Betty and Family It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I have Known Roy for many years through the bowling league and as a fellow CN railroader. He was always kind and friendly, usually smiling as he talked to his many friends. I would call him a true gentleman as he never spoke harshly to or about anyone. He will be truly missed. My Deepest sympathy Bud Smith President Red White and Blue Bowling League - Posted by: Bud Smith (Red White and Blue President ) on: May 21, 2021

  • Our condolences to the Fardoe family. Uncle Roy was such a nice man and it was always enjoyable seeing Uncle Roy and Auntie Betty, although those occasions were far too seldom. - Posted by: Elaine, Debbie, Roberta, Cheryl, Diana (Joan's Girls) on: May 17, 2021

  • Roy was my dad’s cousin (Russ Lavery). As children our parents took us to visit with the family at the farm a number of times. I remember it as a happy place full of kids and adults having a good time together. We recently reconnected with Roy and Betty at my dad’s 90th birthday party a few years ago. They were such pleasant people to talk to and I remember your Dad as a man with quite a sense of humour. My condolences to Betty and all the children and grandchildren for your sad loss of a very fine man. - Posted by: Sharon Reczek (Lavery) (cousin thur Lavery family) on: May 17, 2021

  • I would like to extend my sympathy to Betty, Brenda, Susan and Scott and families. Your dad was such a nice man. I never met him but I enjoyed my talks on the phone with him about family tree. We don't know yet how we are related, but we have to be generations back. And I enjoyed talks about my dad Russel Fardoe and dad's best friend Keith Affleck that worked with your dad at CN. My dad and mom enjoyed their visit with him and Keith at our house in Brandon. Very nice picture of your dad with his black lab. Ronaele Fardoe. Brandon, Mb. - Posted by: Ronaele Fardoe (Relative) on: May 16, 2021

  • Our condolences to the entire Fardoe family. Roy was known to us as a very kind man and a great dancer. He will be missed. - Posted by: Cynthia and Ken Slapinski (Friends of parts of the family) on: May 16, 2021

  • So sad to hear of Uncle Roy’s passing. He was my favourite uncle - he was always so nice to everyone, and had a great sense of humour. Even as a youngster I remember being wowed watching him and Auntie Betty dance. All the Fardoes were great dancers. My sincere condolences to Auntie Betty, Brenda, Susan and Scott. Margaret Sharples, Nanaimo, BC - Posted by: Margaret Sharples (Niece ) on: May 16, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Fardoe's passing -I remember him as the second, benevolent 'dad' of so many St. James' kids. A lovely, gentle, hard-working soul who took all of our hijinx in stride. I will never forget Brenda and I sneaking her dad's pipe to finally try tobacco for the first time in a tent in the back yard. We were caught, but we never got heck, because Mr. Fardoe saw the effects of the tobacco, which made us green and stomachs sick, was enough of a lesson. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Fardoe, Brenda, Susan and the whole family. Know he lives in so many of our hearts with fondness. - Posted by: Kym Dopheide (old neighbour) on: May 16, 2021

  • My wife Janice and I are so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. Betty and family, please accept our deepest condolences. I first met Roy when I took a position with the rules group in Winnipeg. We worked together a number of years, Roy was dedicated to his job, he carried out his duties very professionally and with integrity and class. He always had that twinkle in his eye and knew how to best interject a bit of humor into his instructional classes. He was a very respected instructor, everyone looked forward to attending his instructional classes; he cared and ensured everyone fully understood. Our paths crossed again, this time in Montreal where Roy was part of a group that were rewriting the railroad safety rules. His vast knowledge of the subject matter and his past experience were key to his contribution. Many fond memories of the time spent with Roy in Montreal. Roy enjoyed his work, was very highly respected throughout the railroad industry and his love of family was always present. Rest in peace Dear Friend. - Posted by: John Wiebe (Friend and co-worker) on: May 15, 2021

  • I first met Roy working as a clerk on midnights at W tower, he was on the switching job with Ray and Bill and the three of them made as great crew. Roy was the foreman and what a great job he did just watching him switch out cars. He told me stories of the earlier days before I hired on and also how to railroad as I was learning. One night there were no one available as a yardmaster they called Roy, it was the best night ever, I got to work with him inside and we talked a lot he was a true gentlemen. I last saw Roy at the pensioners meeting and didn't recognize him at first but his voice gave him away and I said hello and we chatted for a minute until his ride showed up. My condolences to Scott and his family. Roy can now go switching in heaven with Billy B and Chappy. You will be missed and God bless you. - Posted by: eric oman (coworker) on: May 15, 2021

  • To the whole Fardoe/Klump Family What a loss for all Mr Fardoe was such a lovely man with a great sense of humour. Truly a gentleman and we will all miss him. Our deepest condolences from the Larkin family. May memories time family and friends ease your sorrow. Sending hugs - Posted by: Debbie Larkin Sigfusson (Family friend ) on: May 15, 2021

  • So very sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family! - Posted by: Janet Lewis Anderson and Bruce Anderson (Friends - CN Family) on: May 15, 2021

  • Hey pal - best railroader ever - Posted by: Roland St Laurent (Friend, fell railroader) on: May 15, 2021

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