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ROY JAMES DIXON
Born: Mar 06, 1947
Date of Passing: Jan 12, 2023Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
ROY JAMES DIXON
March 6, 1947 - January 12, 2023
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather. With his family by his side, Roy passed into the arms of Jesus, his Lord and Saviour, in the early morning of Thursday, January 12, 2023.
Left to cherish Roy's memory are his wife of 51 years, Linda; his children, Tanya, Sean (Julie), and Heather (Corey); his grandchildren, Grace, Anwyn, Rose, and Thomas; and step-grandson Ty (Camille). Also left to remember him are his brother and sisters, Robert (Ilene), Susan (Phil), Brenda (Gordon), Linda (Gary), Dee Dee (Cal), and many nieces and nephews. Roy was predeceased by his parents, Eileen and Harry Dixon, brother Peter, and sister Rosemary Piché.
Roy was born in Calgary and grew up in the small town of Tilley, Alberta. After obtaining a Forest Technology diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, he moved to Winnipeg in 1970 to begin his career. He worked for 36 years for the Manitoba government in the fields of forestry and remote sensing. While working, he enrolled in evening classes at the University of Winnipeg and completed a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography. Roy was passionate about his work in remote sensing and appreciated the many friends that he made throughout his career.
Roy's life was defined by his Christian faith and his deep love for and dedication to his family. He was devoted to his wife, Linda, and a kind, encouraging father who was always ready to listen. He also had a great sense of humour and told many stories of his time growing up in Tilley and his early jobs as a farmhand, railway worker, and timber cruiser. Roy ("Papa") loved his grandkids very much and enjoyed spending time with them. He never missed their concerts, sports games, or dance recitals.
Roy was diagnosed with a serious heart condition when he was in his 20s but, with the help of his cardiologists, and his steadfast determination to be there for the family that he loved, he beat the odds. Dad, we have confidence that you have a strong, healthy heart in Heaven. When we're reunited someday, we will delight in being wrapped in one of your awesome hugs.
At Roy's request, the family will hold a small, private gathering in his honour.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 21, 2023
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
How could you not love Roy? Kevin and I met Roy and Linda at Transcona Alliance Church. We often sat in on his adult Sunday School class. That was so long ago, but one object lesson still sticks with me. He signed dollar bills and handed one out to each person in the class. I kept mine for years in my Bible. He told us that he was invested in us, that we had worth, and he believed in our potential to do amazing things. How generous, loving, and encouraging! But, I guess that really defined Roy, for me and anyone blessed to have known him. I always expected Linda to develop neck issues, as their height difference brought a smile to my face. But, what a great couple and the adoration for each other was obvious! Kevin and I loved being invited to their home and we had the pleasure of teaching their kids in Sunday school classes and youth group. Sean would house-sit for us and we developed a life-long relationship with him and his buddy, Oliver. Those guys kept us in stitches and were often the comedy duo at many house parties. Obviously, Sean inherited his keen humour from his awesome dad. What a great loss for the Dixon family, but rich with fond memories and a wonderful heritage of faith, love, kindness, and humour. The Comries are blessed to have known and to have loved the Dixons. May you endure this heavy season of grief with the hope of reuniting again with Roy on our best day yet 🙏❤️ - Posted by: Sondee Comrie (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2023
Roy volunteered at the Manitoba Association of Retired Government Employees (Marge) and for the past 10 years served as Secretary on the MARGE Executive. We will miss his smile and cheery “Good morning” as he entered the office and members will miss his friendly voice on the other end of the phone. Roy's positive energy brought stability and calmness to the office. We were all shocked with his sudden passing and our thoughts and condolences go out to Linda and the rest of Roy’s family. The MARGE Team – Barry Miller, Bob Bouchard, Jane Inouye, Betty Miller - Posted by: Barry Miller (President MARGE) (Co-Worker) on: Feb 01, 2023
Our hearts are with you Linda, Tanya, Sean and Heather and your families. Your loss is so great, but thankfully you are able to take comfort in the knowledge that Roy is in the arms of Jesus and the surety that we will see our loved ones again. Heaven has gained a precious soul. We will keep you all in our prayers. - Posted by: Don & Valerie Sciberras (friends) on: Jan 29, 2023
Roy, Linda and the family were street neighbours of ours for a few years. Briefly said: a stellar family: caring, honest and giving. Roy will be missed by so many. RIP - Posted by: marc desrosiers (former neighbours) on: Jan 27, 2023
I worked with Linda for a number of years and met Roy a few times. He was such a nice man, my condolences to Linda and the family. - Posted by: Sandra Cline (Co-worker) on: Jan 22, 2023
Roy always lit up a room with his big smile and laughter. I would try to high give him in the passing in hallway and of course he was tall and couldn’t reach his hands so we would both laugh. I missed him when he retired but he always came back to visit. The world lost a great man with big personality. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Carol (Co worker) on: Jan 22, 2023
Dear Linda I was saddened to hear of Roy's passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. Love Sandra - Posted by: Sandra Seaton (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2023
I was saddened by the news of Roy's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Roy for 25 years in the Manitoba Remote Sensing Center of the Surveys and Mapping Branch. His professional career was highlighted by helping build one of Canada's most premiere remote sensing facilities in Canada. Roy was passionate about earth resources satellite image analysis and research and distinguished himself in authored many scientific published papers on the subject covering land use analysis, wildlife habitat mapping and Radar satellite mapping to name a few. It was very exciting times for Roy working in the forefront of aerospace satellite imaging and pioneering the technology in Canada. Along with our partners at the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Roy helped introduce two significant space imaging operational programs into the Manitoba Center including the World Crop Monitoring Program and the Canadian Global Change Program. I will always remember Roy for his professionalism, dedication to quality, his work ethic and most importantly, his long friendship. RIP Roy and my sincere condolences to Linda and family. 💙 - Posted by: Hartley Pokrant (Work colleague ) on: Jan 21, 2023
I’ve met Roy and Linda 8 years ago. Roy was usually a quiet man, respectful, caring and a true gentleman. Roy also had a sense of humour, that had to be appreciated by everyone. The kindness and caring for his wife and family was obvious. Rest in peace, Roy until we meet gain! My condolences to Linda, and the whole family. - Posted by: Giselle Majersky (Friend) on: Jan 21, 2023
I always loved Uncle Roy, for his gentle nature and great sense of humor. Very blessed to have got the chance to see him last summer when he and Aunt Linda came out to visit. My deepest condolences to the family. We will keep you in our prayers 🙏 - Posted by: Scott Dixon (Nephew ) on: Jan 21, 2023
My deepest condolences to Roys family. I first met Roy in the early 70s as he hired me as compass man to timber cruise for the Dept of Natural Resourced Mb. I enjoyed working with Roy and I enjoyed his sense of humor. Roy and I crossed paths again in the late 80s as he hired me to work in the Mb Remote Sensing Centre. As before he mentored me in the ways of Remote Sensing and we worked together on many projects. I will miss Roy and wish him peace in heaven......... - Posted by: Gerald Lux (Co-Worker) on: Jan 21, 2023
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