January 9, 1931 – Lethbridge, AB
November 15, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Roy Baay beloved husband of Viola Baay of Calgary, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the age of 82 years.
Roy was born in Lethbridge and moved with his parents to Calgary in 1934. Following the death of his father in 1941, during WWII, Roy became “the man of the family”. He had an illustrious school career at St. Mary’s Boys School, serving as president of the school council and discovering a lifelong love for directing, acting and singing with the school drama society. He moved to Peace River in 1952 and returned to Calgary in 1953 to marry Viola Aiello who remained his best friend for over sixty years. Returning to Peace River, they started their own family and became a part of the Imperial Oil family. In 1956 Roy, Vi and Terri moved to Dawson Creek, BC, with the relocation of the Imperial Oil family. Sharon and Paul joined the family and resided there until 1964. While in Dawson Creek, he brought his passion for the arts to so many people through his productions and his paintings. In 1964, Roy began an amazing career in the Calgary Oil and Gas business. As a sideline, he continued directing and being involved with the arts. He continued to set an example of leading community involvement, whether it was church, school, serving on the U of C senate, community, work in the oil and gas sector and family. Roy’s entrepreneurial spirit and ability to think outside the box, guided him through many ventures over the next forty years. He remained involved with the oil and gas business through Baayland Consultants and Remington Energy. He branched into farming with Pacific Rim Ranches and continued to enhance his love of collecting, creating and sharing art. At this point, Roy began an incredible journey with his family of paying it forward. His legacy encompasses family memories, good times with friends and his continued ability to tell a story and entertain. As a result of Roy’s health complications in 1988, Roy and Vi chose to make a significant contribution to the Kidney Foundation in 2008, to continue to improve other people’s lives. Roy truly was a man to whom many people looked up to, respected and loved deeply. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is Love.”
Roy is survived by his loving wife Vi, his daughters Terri (Lorne) Blakley and Sharon (Brian) Kelly, his son Paul (Gillian) Baay, nine grandchildren, Cassia (Geoff) Lardner, Marla (David) Judge, Alana (Kyle) Gravells, Savannah Blakley, Patrick, Daniel and Michael Kelly, Courtney and Sarah Baay, two great grandchildren Grayson and Walker, his sister Jacqueline (Marcel) Houle and their family, Anita, Blythe and Amy Sola; Ron and Angie Houle and his brother Larry’s family.
He was predeceased by his father Cornelis, his mother Neeltje “Loraine”, sister Mildred, and brother Larry.
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W.) on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340 – 4th Street S.W.) on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations for the Roy and Vi Baay Chair in Kidney Reasearch can be sent to the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Fund Development Office, 3330 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary AB, T2N 4N1. Please include “University of Calgary” in the cheque payable line. Special thanks to Dr. Hemmelgarn, Dr. Hogan, Dr. Naidoo, Unit 46 staff at Foothills Hospital for their love and compassionate care.
In living memory of Roy Baay, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences