Roland (Rolly) Dubois, of Fort Frances, Ont., peacefully passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 with loved ones by his side.
He was born in Winnipeg, Man. on Sept. 21, 1949 and was the oldest son of 11 children born to Andre and Noella Dubois of St. Malo, Man.
He married the love of his life, Heather (Burling), on Dec. 5, 1970.
He worked as a cement truck driver at Lafarge Concrete Co. in Winnipeg for 25 years. He enjoyed his co-workers and showed it by ribbing, teasing, and getting under their skin.
They fondly called him “Preacher” probably for a good reason because he sure loved to quote Scriptures. They were his work family.
Rolly had a zest for life not found in many. He could cheer anyone up and loved to make people smile. His humour and laughter were contagious. He loved country drives, hockey, fishing, the great outdoors, and especially those beautiful Manitoba prairies.
He also had a strong belief in God. One of his favourite Scripture passages was the 10 commandments. He believed if you lived by them, you would do well in this life.
He loved his family dearly, was kind to everyone, and was the best story-teller ever. He was dear ol' Dad to his kids and GP (short for Grand-pere) to his grandkids.
Two of his favourite sayings were “That's my story and I'm sticking to it" and after every party or family gathering, "Its been a slice,” which were his last words to his family just before he passed.
Rolly is survived by his wife, Heather; children, Rosanne (Sean Ward), Rene (Terry), Sherry (Rick Perrault), Sharon (Tyler Yatchuk), and Mike (Tori); and grandchildren, Chet, Joshua, Luke, Rachel, Zachary, John, Greyson, and Asher.
He also is survived by his sisters, Gisele, Rose, Claudette, Madeline, Claire, and Joanne; brothers, Mike, Emile, Herve, and Norman; along with many countless nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Andre and Noella Dubois.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont., with a lunch to follow.
It will be officiated by Rev. Sean Ward.
The pallbearers will be his two sons, Rene and Mike Dubois. The honourary pallbearers will be his two sons-in-law, Tyler Yatchuk and Rick Perrault, and his grandsons, Chet, Joshua, Luke, Zachary, John, Greyson, and Asher.
He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends. The world's best had to go a little too soon.
It's been a slice!