Roland Roy, 79, of 1301 Emo Road, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Thursday, March 5, 1998 at his residence in Fort Frances.
Roland was born June 4, 1918 in Fort Frances, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ed Roy of Virginia, Mn. he attended school at St. Mary’s and Fort Frances High School.
Roland was employed in the late 30s by Star Bakery, Shevlin Clarke (logging), and North Star Oil Agency in Fort Frances. He served in World War II with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the North Atlantic on anti-submarine and convoy work. He was discharged in 1945 as a flight lieutenant.
Post-war, Roland was employed briefly by O.&M. Paper Co. in International Falls, and then by Shell Oil in Winnipeg, Man. Roland returned to Fort Frances in 1947 as a Shell agent and was so employed until he retired in 1981.
He and his wife, Verna, alternated between a summer island home at Bear’s Pass and a winter home in Lake North, Fl., before returning permanently to Fort Frances.
He was predeceased by one brother, Bud Roy.
Roland is survived by his wife, Verna of Fort Frances, Ont.; one daughter, Roline Parker of Paris, Ont.; two sons, Kim Roy and wife, Patti, of Fort Frances, Ont., and Timothy Roy and wife, Shirley Anne of Paris, Ont.; and eight grandchildren, Devon, Tim, and Allyson Parker; and Amanda, Roland Charles, Christoph, Lauren, and Matthew Roy.
He also is survived by three brothers, Edmour Roy and wife, Lorraine, of El Cajon, Cal., Clem Roy and wife, Sam, of Rio Verde, Az., and Robert Roy and wife, Donna, of Greenville, S.C.; one sister, Claire and husband, Raymond Hastie, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 10, 1998 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Father Lawrence Conlon O.M.I. officiating.
Friends visited Monday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Parish prayers were offered at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Knights of Columbus service.
Pallbearers were Robert Wilson, Robert Roy, Mark Hastie, Jim Pochailo, Larry Cousineau, Richard Roy, Tim Parker, and Gordon Ogden.
Honourary pallbearers were Christoph Roy, Peter Hegg, Carl Domanski, Ray Hastie, Jack Gagne, Dr. Harry Skinner, Bob Chapman, Ray Cousineau, Ernie Brunetta, and Devon Parker.
In memoriam donations may be made to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 206 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B8, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 840 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3N5, or to the charity of your choice.