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Born: May 27, 1933
Date of Passing: Oct 30, 2003Offer Condolences or Memory
ROY GISLASON With dignity and courage, after a valiant battle with cancer, Roy left this world and his loving family on Thursday, October 30, 2003. Roy leaves behind to forever remember and love him, his wife of forty years, Karen; his three devoted daughters, Greer (Henri) Peloquin of Winnipeg, Carrie (fiancee Kerry Campbell) of Brandon, and Janis (Brad) Slack of Melita. He also leaves behind his three angels, his granddaughters that he adored with all his heart, Karlie, Celine and Jessica. Left to also mourn his passing are his sisters, Leona (Dick) Shore of Winnipeg, Greta Ramsay, Victoria and brother Lyle (Joyce) Gislason of Winnipeg. Many nieces and nephews will also miss Uncle Roy. Roy was born in Belmont, MB on May 27, 1933. His heart always stayed with his roots, although he saw many years away from Manitoba, after joining the RCMP in 1957. He proudly served the force in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and finally back home to Manitoba in 1969. Roy took his retirement from the force in Winnipeg in 1982, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. The many years back in Manitoba saw the Gislason family strike up a love affair with Pelican Lake that remained with Roy until his last days on earth. The family finally settled in Brandon. A retirement home was purchased on the lake, where Roy and Karen gained many years of peace and contentment especially during his final months. Roy was a gifted athlete, obtaining many accolades in baseball and curling. He was a member of the Belmont As baseball team that was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. On the ice, his curling titles were many. He was a Manitoba Provincial School Boy Champion in the early fifties, a three time Canadian Police Champion and twice represented Manitoba as a Provincial Masters Champion. His success as a police champion saw his peers honour him with an induction as an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Police Curling Association in 1992. But for all his achievements as an athlete, Roy was far better known for being just "the Goose", a man who passionately loved his family, loved children and had friends from every walk of life. Roy had a special way of making anyone he was with feel very special and valuable. This attitude of unselfishness was never more evident than in the last year of his life. He faced his illness with such marvellous courage and never once questioned why he had been chosen for this fate. Instead, he inspired his friends and especially his family, making it easier for us to cope with the outcome. He spent six months in Winnipeg fighting his disease and was so thrilled to come home to his healing place, as he so lovingly referred to Pelican Lake. It was here that Roy spent his last days with us, enjoying many wonderful visits from special friends and celebrated life with his family. The memorial service was held at Memories Chapel on Monday, November 3. The family would like to thank the Rev. Joan Jarvis for her personal and beautiful service and the RCMP color guard and Urn Bearer that honoured Roys life in the RCMP. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Roy to the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7. Expressions of Sympathy may be forwarded to email@example.com Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, Brandon, 727-0330. Our family has lost our biggest fan, strongest advocate and greatest supporter. Roy, thank you for leaving our children and their families such a wonderful legacy.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 15, 2003
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