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JENNINGS – William “Roy”

June 22, 1932 – July 7, 2011

William Roy Jennings passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 79.

Roy was a loving husband to Amy, his wife of 56 years, father to Gary (Eileen), Lynn (Peter), Bill (Rhonda), and Karen, grandfather to Andrea (Shane), Shelley, Brandy (Steve), Brittany (Dave), Meagan, and Justin, great grandfather to Madyson, Steven, Taylor, Christopher, Aiden, and Will, and friend to many.

A proud native Calgarian and true Hillhurst boy, Roy spent his early years at Standard Gravel working with his father, Reg, then moved on to manage the Chinook Shopping Centre. He was a past president of the Stampeder Football Club and was a die-hard sports fan. He loved life and was full of fun and managed to travel to Disneyland every year, one of his favourite places in the world.

Funeral Services will be held at First Alliance Church www.faccalgary.com (12345 – 40th Street S.E.) on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Roy was a long time supporter of Heritage Park and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the park. The family would like to thank Dr. Kneteman and the nurses and palliative care team at the U of A Hospital for their extraordinary kindness and compassion. Thanks also to Dr. Terry Groves for his friendship and constant care.

In living memory of Roy Jennings, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Al and Joan mcCannn :

    We were so sorry to hear the sad news of Roy’s passing. Al has such wonderful memories all of the times in the desert. Roy was a true gentlemen and a great contributor to the community. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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  2. Cheryl Willis :

    Although I’m regretfully unable to be at the service, I will be thinking of you as you celebrate Roy’s life on Wednesday. My deepest condolence goes out to all of you during this difficult time. Cheryl (friend of Karen)

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  3. Annie Moore :

    Amy & Family – I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Roy. In the years that I knew him, he was truly a wonderful, kind & generous man. Ann Moore

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  4. Arlene Many Guns :

    My Condolences go out to the family of The late Roy Jennings. My thoughts and prayers are with the Family. Karen hang in there…

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  5. Denise O'Donoghue :

    Dear Amy, Gary,Lynn, Bill and Karen, I am so sorry to hear the news of Roy. I am thinking about you at this time. I have only fond memories of Roy (other than forcing me to get up early in the ski days :)). He will be missed by everyone in our family. I’m so glad I got to see him this past March in Borrego. Lots of Love Buzz (as better known in the Jennings family).

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  6. Jeanette & Dennis Pyle :

    Roy stepped into our lives sixteen years ago. What a gift that was. It is not often in life we have the priviledge of knowing someone who will leave big footsteps behind him and a legacy forever. Roy was that kind of person, gentle, kind, caring and generous to a fault. He will leave a soft spot in our hearts for ever.

    Love Jeanette & Dennis

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  7. Corinne (Matthews) Linder :

    Amy – “Heaven” has a few new ‘special angels’ now, as my Mom (Marianne Matthews) also just passed away (July 5, 2011) due to another severe stroke. (My Mom’s Obituary will be in the Herald this Fri/Sat (July 15/16). She joins my Dad Keith & Brother Scott. They will all be patting Roy on the back and enjoying his wonderful smile and spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. My parents always thought the world of you & Roy, and were thankful for your friendship for the past 50 years. God Bless. Love, Cory, Dave, and Matthew

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  8. Ruth & Alex Recsky :

    Amy and family.
    We were sorry to hear the news of Roy. He was a great friend and will always be remembered by us. We have so many wonderful memories of the days we shared with the Calgary Stampeders and the Calgary Stampede breakfasts that were held at your place overlooking Heritage Park. He will be missed by so many.

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  9. ROBERT HEIM :

    JENNINGS FAMILY,
    Please accept sincere condolences on the passing of Roy.
    He was a great Calgarian and great Canadian.
    I knew him through his association with the Stampeders and his personal Pharmacy.
    Roy will be remembered well.

    Bob Heim
    Nashua. NH(previously Calgary)

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  10. Shirley Harpham :

    Roy,
    Thank you for introducing us to the best ride at Disneyland and for the best of many 50th birthday dinners.
    Love Warren and Shan

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  11. Michele Richard :

    Bill and Gary,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

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  12. Roy was a long time friend, a true Hillhurst boy that kept us all together with reunions at Heritage Park…… He will be missed…… Doug Burn

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  13. Dick and Dawne Fowler :

    Our hearts are sad, Amy. This is surely a big loss for you. We will miss Roy very much and will keep you in our prayers. We won’t be able to make it to the funeral but will be there in our hearts. Hope to see you soon.
    Sent with deepest sympathy and love,
    Dawne and Dick

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  14. Fred and Betty Callaway :

    Amy, Karen and the rest of your family….our sincere sympathies on your loss. It was always a pleasure to chat with Roy at the various Heritage Park functions. We also enjoyed thoroughly our rained out golf game and overnight visit to your beautiful spot at Borrego Springs many years ago. ….Sincerely, Betty and Fred

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  15. Eldeen Barrett High River :

    Amy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I will be unable to attend the service but my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  16. WES STEPHENS :

    Amy and Family – Roy was a great guy and I had the pleasure of knowing him in the Standard General days, as well as through the years while playing trumpet in the Hays breakfast band from Gerry Shapter days to the recent present – we always had some good times, and very sorry at his passing.
    Wes Stephens

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  17. Anne and Robert Ferrier :

    Amy, Karen and family our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

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  18. Paul and Angela Flynn :

    Dear Amy and Family
    It was a great pleasure meeting Roy. He was a very kind and gentle man and will be missed. Our sincere sympathies to all of you. Angela & Paul

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  19. Bea and Ralph Coombs :

    We have always been proud to have known Roy Jennings. A gentle and generous man who contributed his time and talents to civic duties and who, unfailingly, supported his family, his community and his friends. As a member of the original Board of Management of the Foothills Hospital he worked to bring contemporary and academic health care to Southern Alberta. He was a champion of compassion and dignity in the care of the sick and in the nurturing and appreciation of those who delivered the care.
    We offer our prayers to the family as well as our gratitude for having known this man.
    Bea and Ralph Coombs
    Calgary

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  20. Amy and Family,
    Roy was a wonderful person and will be missed by all who knew him. Comfort is hard to come by at such a sad time but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  21. Jennings Family
    I am so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. It was always a pleasure to visit with him at various Heritage Park functions. My sincere condolences to you.
    Annie Long

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  22. Kerry Allred :

    Sorry for your loss.

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  23. Dr. & Mrs. Shachnowich :

    Gerry and I would like offer our condolences to the family. Roy will be greatly missed.

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  24. Cara Sauriol :

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all.

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  25. Judy Lindsay :

    Dear Amy and Family: Just heard about Roy’s passing from my sister Frankie in Calgary. (I’m Judy Orton used to live across the street from you in Meadowlark Park -and babysat many a time for your children.) Amy, you and Roy were great role models for me and I feel very priviledged to have known Roy and of course you as well and your lovely children. Much love to you and your family.
    Judy Lindsay
    Victoria, B.C.

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  26. Jacquie Mills and family :

    Dear Amy and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. Bob, Barb, Cathy, Lisle and I had such wonderful times with all of you in Calgary, Gull Lake and Borrego Springs, and those are memories that I will treasure forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the children at this difficult time and Roy will always have a special place in our hearts.
    With our love,
    Jacquie

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  27. Allan Mogridge MRAIC :

    I extend my sincere sympathy to the family of Roy Jennings. Memories of those who have passed away are all we have but I know I know you will always treasure the memories of husband, father and grandfather. I did not have close contact with Roy but those contacts I had contributed to my life as a Native Calgarian. As an Architect (retired) I was fairly well acquainted with Reg – his dad – and both were real gentlemen and sincerely interested in Calgary’s development, serving the community and developing friendships.

    With Respect

    Allan Mogridge MRAIC

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  28. John, Ellie, Katie & Sam McGrath :

    Dear Amy & Family: we are so sorry to hear about Roy. We have so many great memories of the fun times together. Roy was a special guy!

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  29. Greg Stuart :

    On behalf of the entire Stuart family I would like to offer our deepest condolences to the Jennings family on your loss. I walked by your old house in Meadowlark just 2 weeks ago while visiting my Dad, and have many fond memories of your family.

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  30. Jack MacDonald :

    To the Jennings family,

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Roy. As a young sports media type in the 70’s and 80’s I got to know Roy through his Stampeder connection…the annual football BBQ at Eagle Ridge was always a highlight. I will remember how he always had a kind or helpful word re football, business or mutual friends, the Berg’s. He will be missed…he was a real force of nature.

    Kind regards

    Jack MacDonald

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  31. Katie & Fred Valentine :

    Dear Amy & Jennings family,
    Kate and I were deeply saddended to learn of Roy’s death. He was a great person, much loved by all who knew him; a man of true friendships, loyal to many and to many important causes, unfailing in his courtly manner and ever present good humor. We know he has provided a wonderful life for you all, and that you will miss him so much. We will miss him dearly.
    Much love,
    Kate & Fred V.

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  32. Gary & Dianna Coultis :

    Amy, Karen and the Jennings Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. Roy was a very special person, and will always be remembered. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

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  33. Chris & Suzi Hamilton (from Thunder Bay) :

    Gary and Bill and Family

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your father.

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  34. Jay Jennings (Robert) :

    Amy:
    Please accept my thoughts of comfort for the passing of Roy. Although I did not know you or Roy well I will always remember your warm and beautiful smile. You truly are a good person. May your family find the peace of you that Roy has gone to a better place and will be watching over you always.
    Jay Jennings.

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