It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Roy B. Young on July 12, 2019, at Rainycrest in Fort Frances, Ont.
He was born July 3,1931, in Twillingate, Nfld.
Roy grew up in the town of Twillingate. After high school he spent one year teaching school but decided that was not to be his vocation.
He found employment with an American Army Base in Stephenville, Nfld., until September 1955, when he travelled to Waterloo, Ont.to attend Lutheran College.
At this time, he met and became best friends with another student, Willis Rudd from Emo, Ont. He decided to travel to his home with him in order to see Northwestern Ontario.
He spent the summer working at Canadian Customs, liked the area and continued to work with Mando for the fall until December.
Although he came close to leaving, he found work at Kuitunen's Border Supply and Border Sales in Emo for almost 30 years.
During this time, he started building up his own business of accounting at home, at which he was very successful, making many good friends.
He was united in marriage to Janet Cooke on June 25, 1958, celebrating their 61st anniversary this year.
He was an honourary member of the Twillingate Masonic Lodge and a member of the Border Shrine Lodge.
He spent many years curling as a second, a third and as a skip but always enjoyed the position of third most.
He, along with fellow curlers, as well as his daughter, Jodi, attended and won many curling events.
In later years he enjoyed the game of golf, frequenting Kitchen Creek Golf Course regularly during the summer.
Roy loved to garden, feed the birds and was proud to have spent time with the family on Clearwater Lake with his boat and building a cabin.
Roy was known for his great sense of humour. He has been called a very generous gentleman, courteous and congenial.
He had a great love for children and often stopped to talk or amuse them.
Roy always made sure children in his household were treated with fun and hugs and he had a great concern for neglected or mistreated little ones.
Much of Roy's enjoyment came from spending time with the family; dining out, camping, and travelling.
Listening to Michelle practice her music lessons and attending her music festivals as well as his time spent outdoors with Jodi fishing or caring for her horse were examples of his patience and love.
He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle who found his greatest joy in his family.
Roy was predeceased by his mother and step-father, an infant sister, his mother and father-in-law, brother-in-law, (Berneth); sisters-in-law Leona (Bill), and Darlene (Sheldon); and grandson, Timothy Jewell.
Roy also lost a very good childhood, lifelong friend, Victor Young. They had lived side by side during school days and spent many trips travelling to Newfoundland together.
Roy is survived by his wife, Janet; daughters, Michelle (Gary) Somerfield and Jodi (Cory) Jewell; grandchildren, Aidan and Peyton Somerfield; Emilie and Seth Jewell, and Bailey and Jordin (Lindsay) Jewell; sisters, Patsy Jenkins, Sandra Luscombe (Tom), Josephine (Grayson) Jenkins, Peggy (Harold) Sceviour; and sister-in-law, Velma Cooke; as well as many nieces and nephews that are dearly loved.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Northridge Funeral Home in Emo at 2 p.m. with interment in the Emo Cemetery.
Lunch will follow immediately after at the Northridge reception hall.
In lieu of flowers, charitable memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Society, the CNIB, or a charity of your own choice, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.