Richard Roy, loving husband of Anita, died peacefully Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at the age of 82 after a very brief illness. Joseph Alphonse Albert Richard Roy was born on December 16, 1937 in Wainwright, Alberta. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Albini and Yvonne Roy; his brother, Lionel; and sister-in-law, Therese Cote.
When Richard was five, his father purchased the farm in Chauvin, Alberta. Richard remained in the community, running the family farm until his retirement in 2006. Richard loved the land, his home and community. He could fix almost anything and raise almost anything, becoming one of the first farmers in the area to certify organic grain and beef. He even trained his beloved dog, Piteau, to ride with him—a large, strapping man—to the fields and home again on his 50 cc Honda.
Richard enjoyed travelling to neighbouring communities, curling in his younger days and watching the rodeo in his later years. He loved the company of his neighbours and relatives in and around Chauvin, and especially loved his grandchildren. The first to feed them chocolate as babies, in secret, in the big chair in the living room and the first to take them—city kids all—driving in the fields.
Richard and Anita enjoyed many days camping and fishing, travelling annually to spent time with family on the west coast and salmon fish on the ocean. While his heart did not stray far from his beloved farm and community, he and Anita had many adventures together. He will be missed.
Richard leaves to mourn his wife Anita of 35 years and her four children: Maureen, Kevin, Robert and Joanne; his grandchildren Camille, Caitlin, Cameron, Colleen, Duncan, Mila, Jacob and Ella; his great-nieces Lucille, Aline, Susanne and Claire; and his great nephews Bob, Gil and Bernard.
Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, the Roy Family will be having a private family Funeral Mass on June 6, 2020 at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Chauvin, Alberta with Father Moses SAC Officiating. Interment will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.
If you wish to plant a tree in the local cemetery, please contact GFH directly at 780-753-2332.