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FINDLAY, Roy Alexander

March 5, 1915 – April 1, 2013

Roy Alexander Findlay, beloved husband of Muriel Findlay, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the age of 98 years.

Roy was born on March 5, 1915 at 04:00 hours on a lone Alberta farm near Ryley, Alberta. He has farmed with horses and lived on a homestead with no electricity or running water, he moved to Calgary on November 13, 1959. Roy held many leadership roles during his lifetime; President of the Westgate Community Hall (1964-1965), a graduate of the Vermilion School of Agriculture where he held various sports related positions on the student council, Past Noble Grand Chairman of the Ryley Odd Fellows Lodge, Captain of many baseball clubs that he played for such as Ryley and North Edmonton. As a good hockey player, he was invited to the Cleveland Barons Pro Camp and in baseball was invited to try out for the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball organization, but WWII intervened and he ended up in the RCAF instead. He was a Flight Lieutenant, Pilot, Instructor and DC 3 aircraft Commander of Air Transport Command 436 Squadron and was posted overseas during and after WW II. After the war, he was active in both the Army and Air force Reserves. He was Director and three time President of the Lions Club of Calgary as well as being inducted into the Lions Hall of fame. In his professional life in the agriculture business he was grain buyer, Superintendent, travelling Superintendent and Manager of the Seed Fertilizer Division of the Albert Wheat Pool; President, Director and Manager of the Calgary Flying Club; President of the Western Seed Trade Association; Director of the Canadian Seed Trade Association; Director of the Field Seed Institute of North America and Member of the Federal Seed Trade Mission to Latin America.

Roy will be lovingly remembered by his dear wife of 65 years, Muriel; two sons and daughters-in-law David and Joan and Donald and Debbie; three grandchildren Donald Jr. (Kyla), Daniel (Kim) and Alexandra; great-grandchildren Declan, Haven and Dane and extended family Heather, Michelle and Kelton.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens “Field of Honour”. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire donations can be made directly to the CNIB – www.cnib.ca.

In living memory of Roy Findlay, 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.

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  1. Debbie Pentecost :

    Death leaves pain no one can heal
    Love leaves memories no one can steal

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  2. Sandra & Gary Villetard :

    Aunt Muriel, David & Joan, Don & Debbie:
    So very sorry to hear of Uncle Roy’s passing. We have many memories of visits with you and your family. We are in Maui, so won’t be able to attend the service. Love Sandra, Gary Villetard and family.

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  3. Dennis, Carol & Family :

    Uncle Roy was an amazing man with an extraordinary zest for life; he will always live on in our hearts and memories…our love and best wishes go out to Aunt Muriel, David, Don & families

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  4. Alan & Gerrianne Bray :

    Our most sincere sympathy for your loss. A great man who leaves wonderful memories for all who knew him. God bless.

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  5. Findlay, Roy Alexander

    Although my father, Lloyd Nowlin, died nearly thirty years ago, I can still hear him speaking of Roy Findlay…what a fine man he was and how much he contributed to the Alberta Wheat Pool. Both began their Pool careers as elevator agents. My father, who was that much older than Mr. Findlay, had worked as a carpenter on the very first elevators. You must take great pride in your husband, father and grandfather for he is remembered by others as well.
    Sincerely,
    Jacqueline Nowlin Donoghue

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  6. Patricia Hughes McWilliams :

    My sincere sympathy for you on your loss, Muriel, David, Donald and all the family. He had a great zest for life and I will always remember him.
    Sincerely, Patricia

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  7. Emery and Maureen :

    Our heart felt condolences to you Dr. Don and your entire family. We remember your Dad and all that he was . He will be missed by all of us that knew him . Ours thoughts are with you .

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  8. My heartfelt wishes to the Findlay family, Roy was a dear friend and I knew him through the Lions, a very solid and dedicated Lion. I had the pleasure of being at the club meeting where he helped induct two new members and that was a fitting tribute to his memory. He will be remembered and my blessings to Muriel and the family

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  9. Judith Dickinson(Honeychurch) :

    My condolences to the Findlay family. Roy was such a good friend of my dad Wilf Honeychurch. I have so many good memories of him helping with the Lion’s Club Band, trying to get our marching up to par and his kind, patient nature with all of us lively band kids. My thoughts are with you.

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  10. Lynne Valentine and family :

    Our thoughts are with you Aunt Muriel, David, Don and families. What a long life to celebrate and many memories for all of you.

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  11. Aritha van Herk :

    Our condolences to all of you in the Findlay family on your loss. Roy Findlay was a warm and generous man who was incredibly kind to our parents and family when they first immigrated from the Netherlands to Canada. They respected and admired him so very much and the continued friendship of Roy and Muriel meant a great deal to my parents and to all of our family. He and Muriel were always a pleasure to encounter, and we remember them fondly. We wish you the very warmest of memories of Roy.
    Aritha, Bill, Bertha, Peter, and Andrew van Herk

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  12. David Mattinson :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Growing up next to your family I always enjoyed talking to Mr. Findlay. Always a gentleman, always had time to visit and ask about our family. He was a true family man that you can always look up to and hope to aspire to. My mother often talked of your father, and what a gentle man he was. Our condolences to all of you.

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  13. Bernice Humphrey :

    Muriel, I heard through Peggy Clarke of Roy’s passing. I miss our times with the boys at the Air Crew Association. Warm regards to you and your family.

    Bernice Humphrey

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