With great sadness we announce the passing of George Raymond Roy on Friday, July 23, 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Grace, and four children, Raymond (Kim) of Fort Frances, Ont., Michael (Grace) of Crowsnest Pass, Alta., Richard (Evelyn) of Kenora, Ont., and Barbara (Dave) of Fort Frances, special niece, Wanda, of Thunder Bay, Ont.; and grandchildren, Jordan (Jen) and Lindsay (Joe), Kristi-Lynn (Trevor), Allison, Krystal, Tiffany, and Rita, Adam and Aaron, and Tressa, Chad, Kellianne, and Chris; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are his sisters-in-law and brothers in-law, Gil Stickelmaier, Mrytle Lovasz, Gordon and Lynn McCoy, Marilyn and Ken McKinnon, Sandra McConnell, and Deb and Rob Pihulak.
George was predeceased by his parents, Arcade and Charlotte Roy; brother, Dennis Roy; sister, Shirley Stickelmaier; niece, Darlene Roy; brother- and sister-in-law, Hugh and Katie McCoy; and brother-in-law, Jack McConnell.
George was born in Moncton, N.B. on Sept.10, 1932 but moved to Winnipeg, Man. as an infant. He worked for the Canadian National Railway (CNR) for 38 years.
After living in several northern communities, they settled in Atikokan, Ont. for 40 years and then moved to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1997.
George was very active on many community boards and committees, including as a Cub leader, Little League ball, minor hockey, and figure skating. He served on the Atikokan town council, was secretary for the curling club, and also very involved in the building of the arena and the new curling club in Atikokan.
He was active in playing ball for the Atikokan Highballers and curling.
Retiring at the age of 55, George spent summers at the cabin on Perch Lake, fishing and gardening, while winters were spent travelling.
He was active at the Legion and the Pioneer Centre in Atikokan, and the Sister Kennedy Centre in Fort Frances playing Bridge, 500, Smear, and pool with his many friends.
His favourite pleasure was attending the many activities of his grandchildren.
A service will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 11 a.m. at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Francis Pudicherry officiating.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society, Rainycrest Family Council, or the Atikokan Public Library c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com