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BURTON, Roy Anthony

August 5, 1931 – Neienburg, Poland
February 16, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Roy Burton, beloved husband of Eileen Burton of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the age of 82 years.

Roy was born in Poland in a small town near what is now Neienburg, Germany and was the youngest son of Augusta and Ludwig Bonkowski. He immigrated to Canada in 1949 and arrived in Vancouver, BC and soon after, began his first job picking cherries on a farm. He later moved east to Toronto where he worked at the head office of an insurance company.

Roy later met and married Eileen Hopkins and began working for a Real Estate company in Toronto. As his family began growing he decided to move to Richmond Hill and opened his own real estate company. It wasn’t long before he began developing and building new homes in Richmond Hill, Maple, Kleinburg and Markham, Ontario. Later in his career, he became involved in oil and gas exploration in Calgary.

Roy is survived by his wife Eileen; and seven children: daughters, Lynda & her husband Bob, Debby & her husband Harald, Dale & her husband Bill, and Leanne; sons, Dean, Deric & his wife Lana, and Darrin & his wife Myla; and grandchildren, Jason & his partner Carole, Bryan, Jacey & her partner Gavin, Jordan, Brody & his wife Olivia, Brooklynn & Tyson.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Roy Burton, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. My father,

    When I was a little girl I remember going on horseback rides and hunting trips with him, he taught me how to shoot a rifle at tin cans in the gardens, and I asked to go ‘shopping for groceries’ in those gardens. He graciously said yes, even though the gardens were his prized vegetables. He taught me how to garden too.

    We had a special connection when I was a kid. We enjoyed the outdoors, and I remember watching him build a sleigh in the fall for horse rides for the family.

    And when spring came, I started digging a hole in the front driveway assured that it would get me somewhere because one of my siblings told me I would eventually dig to China. But, my father corrected and said “no you won’t but you can still dig and have fun doing it”. He liked to be right, and in this case he was.

    I asked for a swing in the forest behind our house in Kettleby and he made it. What a swing it was, so high and long that I felt like I could fly above the trees. I remember every year watching the ‘Wizard of Oz’ with him after I baked chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen. That was our thing in the winter, I later would have dreams of monkeys chasing me around the house. Those are my favourite memories, that house and time was almost magical to me.

    He taught me how to drive at 13, and he let me bring hay bails in from the fields with my brother Darrin in Calgary. Even though we weren’t always close and too much alike, I believe we understood each other. Later in life he learned I became a helicopter pilot, he was thrilled and proud.

    I know he was a troubled man and did the best he could. Even though we all make mistakes, I have forgiven him and will remember the best moments we had together.

    I wish all my siblings, nieces, nephews and extended family strength and peace on this day of his funeral.

    Love your daughter Lee

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  2. Francis and Marlene Zboya :

    Debby and Harald, please accept our deepest condolences, and know that you have many friends and family who are there to help give you strength in your grief. Our thoughts are with you

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  3. Will & Nicole Marinello :

    Darrin (Myla, Brody & Olivia, Brooklynn, Tyson); Deric (Lana); Debby (Harald); Dale (Bill) and family:

    We were saddened to hear the news of the loss of your father & grandfather. When we read his obituary, it was wonderful to see all the things he accomplished (along with his wife) in his lifetime. We didn’t know him personally, so thank you for sharing.
    No matter what happens in one’s life, it still hurts when we lose a family member. May you keep the good memories close to your hearts to comfort you during this time of sorrow.
    We send you all our sincerest condolences.

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  4. A Note from Your Daughter

    “My father”

    When I was a little girl, I remember going on horseback rides and hunting trips with you, you taught me how to shoot a rifle at tin cans in the gardens, I think sometimes you thought I was your fourth son, but I loved it, I was a tom boy. When I asked to go ‘shopping for groceries in your gardens’ you graciously said yes every time even though the gardens were your prized vegetables and I often made them a mess, we planted together as you taught me how to garden.

    We had a special connection when I was a kid, we enjoyed the outdoors, and I remember watching you build a sleigh in the fall for horse rides for the family. And when spring came I started digging a hole in the front driveway assured that it would get me somewhere because one of the other kids told me I would eventually dig to China. But, you corrected that and said no you won’t but you can still dig and have fun doing it. You liked to be right and in this case you were. You taught me how to ski and build snowmen too.

    I asked for a swing in the forest behind our house in Kettleby and you built one for me, what a swing it was, so high and long that I felt like I could fly above the trees. I remember every year watching the ‘Wizard of Oz’ with you after I baked chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen for us. That was our thing in the winter, I later would have dreams of monkeys chasing me around the house but you assured me it was just a nightmare and that there were no monkeys in the backyard.

    You were an intelligent well read and savvy business man. I can still remember the smell of your cologne Old Spice, your laughter and humorous personality. You loved to tell stories to us on trips, about the war, your youth and life. I think I got that love of country and animals from you. You were at your most peaceful in your gardens. I use to watch you from the swing and enjoyed seeing you putter around and fix the gardens, build more and sit by the fire you made. Pig roasts and firefly’s, we had great summers didn’t we.

    Those are my favourite memories of us, that house and time was almost magical to me. You always had my back and protected us but instinctually knew I was okay and could take care of myself. You taught me how to travel when I went to Europe and Israel, that’s another memory that was a lot of fun.

    You bought me a pony named Cisco and taught me how to ride. You taught me how to drive at age 13, teaching me how to maneuver corners on the back country roads. Even though we weren’t always close and too much alike at times, I believe we understood each other. Later in life you learned I became a helicopter pilot and that I rode motorcycles, you were thrilled and proud and that made me feel very special.

    One of my dreams was to dance with you at my wedding, even though that never happened I did get to dance with you at your grandson’s wedding, it was a Foxtrot, that’s another thing we shared the love of ballroom dance, and then Mom cut in….she loved dancing with you, I was okay with sharing you.

    I know you did the best you could. I will remember the best moments we had together. I know you loved me, and I you.

    May you be at peace and know that you did a good job raising us, you showed me how to do so many things and how to be a strong lady – my only regret was to have more kisses and hugs from you.

    I hope to see you again so we can continue that dance….

    Love Your Daughter Forever, Lee

    xo

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