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BURGESS – Roy Mason

September 11, 1915 – January 15, 2010

Roy Mason Burgess of Calgary was called to rest on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the age of 94 years, with his daughters by his side.

Born in 1915 in Drumheller, AB, to Francis Tarbuck and Thomas Burgess, Roy lived on the homestead near Drumheller, AB, where he went to school and worked at Webb’s grocery store and a service station until he joined the army. He married Anne Yvette Andrea Roy, from Bathurst, NB in 1943. Roy remained with the Canadian Armed Forces for twenty-five years and served in the Korean War. He went on to work at the courthouse as a judicial clerk before retiring near Vernon, BC. Roy and Anne eventually moved back to Calgary to be close to their daughters.

Roy was a devoted husband and father to his three daughters, Connie Beach of Ottawa, ON, Carol Burgess and Leslie Burgess, both of Calgary. Roy was known by all who loved and knew him for his gentle demeanour, sense of humour and love of animals. He loved drives in the country, taking long walks with his dog, spending time with his family, and playing golf in his earlier years. Roy was a true gentleman, and his quiet courage and strength will forever be admired and remembered.

Besides his three daughters, he is survived by his grandchildren, David, Steve, Danny and Darren; great-grandchild Ashley; sisters Marjorie Molzahn (Bill); Doris Pickard, Dorothy Brogan (John); and brothers, Frank Burgess (Norma); Bill Burgess and sister-in-law Rose Burgess. Roy was predeceased by his wife Anne in 2001, sister Irene Nelson (Henry), brother Raymond and brother-in law Edward Pickard.

Forward condolences through The family would like to thank the staff of Southwood Care Centre and Rockyview General Hospital for their compassionate care. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, or your local animal shelter.

In living memory of Roy Burgess, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Permit me to offer my heartfelt sympathies and feelings to the family and friends of Roy Burgess. He lived a long and good life and has now been laid to a well earned rest. A very sad time in the lives of all who loved and knew him. He will be remembered for life by those who knew him. It might ease the pain a bit by keeping in mind that this happens to all of us sooner or later.

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  2. Barb Anderson :

    To Connie, Carol, Leslie and the grandkids. I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He and your mom were like a second family to me when Connie & I were in school and for many years after. I kept in contact with them over the years so I could keep tabs on you all. It is tough to lose your parents but they will live on in your hearts and minds for years to come. I am glad I got to see him during Connie’s last visit. I will also miss him.


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  3. Charlotte Kenney :

    I was very sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I recently met your father at Southwood Nursing Home, when I noticed he lived there, as both of my parents do. I couldn’t remember when I worked with Roy at first, but it now came to me, as we both worked at the Courthouse, as Judicial Clerks.

    Roy was such a fine person to work with and always so decent and kind. We had some good laughs together as well.

    I just wanted to let you all know what a wonderful dad you all had. God Bless

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