Born December 3, 1924 in Devonport, New Zealand, Roy passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of August 1. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Betty, sons Gregory and Bruce, daughters Diane and Janice, 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Roy served in the New Zealand Air Force and while training in Portage La Prairie met his wife Betty. After a year in New Zealand they returned to Canada in 1946 and spent the next 16 years in Winnipeg. After a visit to Vancouver in 1960, the family moved west to Surrey, BC. Roy spent his working years as a French Polisher and furniture restorer until 1989. Retiring to Mission in 1992, Roy devoted more time to his hobbies of reading and making cone birds which he generously distributed throughout the Lower Mainland (perhaps 50,000). For this he was known as “The Bird Man of Mission”. In 2003 Roy received a surprise visit from his long lost brother Jack, a professional singer from New Zealand, which reignited Roy’s passion for singing. Shortly after, Roy became a fixture in the local karaoke scene and became known as “Karaoke Roy”. Roy was still singing until this past June.

We will miss you, Roy.

Mission City Record

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