It is with sadness Roy’s family announces his passing at Red Deer Regional Hospital on December 22, 2015 at the age of 89 years. Roy was born on September 22, 1926 on the family farm southeast of Delburne, and received his education in Delburne. He attended Vancouver Technical School where he learned to weld and then spent a year at the University of British Columbia in the engineering faculty. Returning to Delburne in April, 1947, his business life started with the founding of Delburne Machine Shop, where he repaired farm equipment. 1947 was a momentous year for Roy as he married June Beatrice Randall, his partner in love and business. In 1950 Roy and June became a Cockshutt farm equipment dealer. Roy was nominated to the Delburne Village Council and was instrumental in bringing natural gas, water and sewer to the Village. He served on Council until buying a farm and moving from the Village. In January, 1961, Roy was signed as a United Farmers of Alberta (“UFA”) fuel agent and opened the facility in April of that year. In 1965, Roy and June closed the machine shop and the Cockshutt farm equipment dealership to devote their full time to their UFA dealership and farm. In the late 1960’s, a life-long friend, Angus MacArthur, talked Roy and June into opening a Co-Operators Insurance business in Delburne. Roy and June’s devotion to their business and serving their customers earned them several awards. Roy and June sold their UFA dealership in 1982 to embark on what they considered to be retirement as farmers, where they raised cattle and grain. The family will miss this quiet, kind and unassuming man. Roy is survived by his children: Judy (Larry Watson) and their children Erin (Sheldon Portsmouth) and Chelsey (Zac Harink) and their children (Justice and Kane Portsmouth & Zoe, Hailee and Everly Harink); Chris (Sandra) and their children Mitchell and Natalie; and Kerry (Sheryl) and their children (Avery, Amy, Brett, Sheridan); his brother George and his sister-in-law, Grace Bolander. Roy is also survived by his large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Roy was predeceased by his wife, June in 2007, his parents, Art and Annie, his brother Don, his sister Dorothy and her husband Dave Guynup, his sister-in-law Irma Warren and his brother-in-law Richard Randall. The funeral will be held January 2, 2016 at 2 pm at the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 4304-49 Avenue, Innisfail, Alberta. Roy received compassionate care from Unit 31 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital and the family wishes to note the care from Jim on that unit that exemplifies the best in hospital care. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Red Deer Regional Hospital to benefit Unit 31 or the Pediatric Unit.