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March 9, 1938 – October 21, 2011

Royden peacefully passed away October 21, 2011 at the age of 73, surrounded by the joined hands of his loving family. His battle with Lymphoma at an end.

Royden is survived by his wife, Darlene; son, Douglas of Banff; daughter Catherine; and grandchildren, Courtney, Megan and Austin of Cochrane. He is also remembered by his sister, Donna (Mel) Johnson; brothers, Arnott (Lorna) and Bud (Roberta); sister-in-law Raili Whitney in Thunder Bay, ON; and nieces and nephews both in Thunder Bay and Calgary. He is predeceased by his father, David Kenneth, mother Audrey and brother Merlyn.

Royden was born March 9, 1938 in New Brunswick, moving to Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) at the age of six. He began a successful life-long career in retail at Sears, Canada before starting his Canadian Tire career as a Dealer in 1972. He moved his family from Kitchener, ON to Calgary in 1978 where Canadian Tire was venturing and opened the new Richmond Road S.W. store. Royden felt at home in Calgary and this is where he chose to live the rest of his life. His retirement from Canadian Tire in 1996 was followed by many vacations. The highlight being last year’s 50th wedding anniversary trip he and Darlene spent cruising the S. Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Royden was a Shriner in the Al Azhar Motor Corps, Calgary, AB. Royden will always be remembered for his ease of making people feel
instantly like old friends. His passions were Family, Friends and Food and sharing a good bottle of wine. The memories of his laughter, his warm and loving smile will be treasured forever.

A Celebration of Royden’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. The family invites attendees to bring favourite photo memories with Royden to place on display board. A private family service was held at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Sarcee Hospice, 3504 Sarcee Road S.W., Calgary, AB T3E 4T4 Telephone: 403-685-6460.

In living memory of Royden Whitney a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Lura Somers (Mutch) :

    Darlene and family; our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Keep your memories fresh in your hearts.
    Love and prayers.
    Lura & John Somers

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  2. Susan Costigan :

    Hi Darlene, Cathy and Doug

    I was so sorry to hear the news and want you to know you are in all our thoughts right now. What a difficult time it must be — and will be for a long time. I have such great memories of your husband/dad! …his laugh, his kind face, his fast boat up at Manitoulin! Those are just a few that come to mind…Take care of each other.
    With Love from Kitchener
    Sue Costigan, Jon Miller, Nicolas, Saanen and Cole

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  3. Jason & Dawn Bamlett :

    It was with great sadness we heard this morning of Royden’s passing. I have always enjoyed and treasured the friendship and great neighbours the Whitney’s have been to my family. As many of us, Royden’s laugh and smile first come to mind. From dinners at the Whitney’s to driving the boat till sundown so Doug and I could waterski, he was just fun to be around. Our love and prayers are with Darlene, Doug, Cathy and the Grandchildren.

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  4. Darlene
    Lynn and I were deeply saddened by the news of Royden’s passing. We wish to express our sincere condolences to you, Doug, Cathy, and the rest of the family.
    I have over 20 years of wonderful memories of Royden and will cherish them always.
    Garry Benson

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  5. Dear Darlene, Doug, and Cathy:

    I am stunned of the news of Royden’s passing and offer my sincere condolences.

    I have fond memories of working at Store 302. Royden gave me many opprtunities to grow both as a person and a manager and am very thankfull for the the lessons he offered and his kindness to me.

    I just recently was going through some pictures from my Calgary days and came across Ceasar the horse Royden sold me. The kid from the core area of Montreal with a horse, boy what a learning curve.

    Very kind regards,

    Paul (Pneu) Droulis

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  6. Kathy Weibel (Bamlett) :

    Dear Darlene, Cathy and Doug,
    Jason just forwarded to me the sad news of Royden’s passing. I’ve been gone from Calgary a long time, but I wanted to pass on my condolences to all of you. Royden was always my favorite of the neighborhood dads. I have such fond memories of him, his humor and his big laugh.

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  7. Sheila Hurtig Robertson :

    Dear Darlene:

    I was shocked and saddened to read of Royden’s passing. So untimely. My thoughts immediately went to you and how difficult a time this must be. I hope it is some consolation to hear from a friend from many years ago. The obituary, and your words from the PACI reunion, are testimoney to a life well lived, with many happy, shared moments.

    May your mempories bring you some consolation and peace.



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  8. Ross & Maureen Allen :

    Very sorry to read Royden’s obituary in today’s Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. Royden & I chummed together for a few years while in high school and playing hockey. Last time we saw him was in Dryden at his nephew Bruce’s wedding. Glad to read you got to celebrate your 50th. We just got back from a cruise which was for our 50th on Dec. 1st. Our sincere condolences.
    Ross & Maureen Allen

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  9. Darlene,
    We were very sorry to hear of Royden’s
    passing. He was an outgoing’ fun loving
    member of our 72 training class in CT.
    Don Thompson formerly Stratford dealer

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  10. Vernon Forster :

    Dear Darlene – I was sad to hear of Royden’s passing. Don Graham and I were the Vancouver dealers starting in 1979 and were part of the BC/AB group of CTC. I met Royden many times at meetings and was his room mate on a couple of fishing trips to the QC Islands. Time spent with Royden was time well spent – he was fun to be with.
    The best to you as you embark on this next phase of your life. Remember the good times as you move forward.
    Love Vernon

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  11. Debbie (Whitney), Dave, Adam, Greg and Kaitlyn Dubeau :

    Auntie Darlene, Doug, Cathy, Courtney, Megan and Austin.
    We will all miss Uncle Royden terribly and hold those special memories of him dear to our hearts. His infectious laugh, twinkling eyes and friendly personality has made him a very special uncle. He is now with Grandma and Grandpa and Uncle Mer Mer enjoying Grandma’s cinnamon buns. There has to be those cinnamon buns in heaven!! Royden, you have made all of our lives better for you being a part of it. For Auntie Darlene, Doug and Cathy and kids, please feel our arms around you at this very difficult time and know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  12. Darlene – am sending prayers and hugs to you and your family. I still have the pictures of Royden with the bucket of smelts in our bathtub on High Street. Will always remember his great smile. I am right there with you in spirit. Once again love and prayers – Marj

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  13. Ed and Mona Bamlett :

    To Darlene, Doug, Cathy and grandchildren …
    Even though we are no longer neighbors, we have many happy memories of times in the neighborhood … building fences, lending and borrowing, barbeques, and the friendships of our children. Good memories are slow to fade!
    May the strong ties of family and friends be your strength, and the wonderful memories of your husband, father and grandfather be your comfort.
    You are in our prayers,
    Ed and Mona

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  14. Dear Darlene
    In the relatively short time I knew Royden we shared and laughed a lot. I wish I had known him longer but thankful for the time that I did. You have a very special family and I know the love and strength you share will help sustain you through the time ahead.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  15. Darlene, Cathy, Doug, Courtney, Megan and Austin
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of dear Royden. I have so many memories of our good times together
    Darlene. Royden’s twinkling blue eyes, and quick laughter were his trademark – he had a wonderful way about him and he will be dearly missed. These days will be difficult for you all I know but those great memories will sustain you as will your loving family.
    God be with Royden and all of you!
    Love Ellie

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  16. Cody & Lillian Kellogg :

    We are having a difficult time believing Royden has gone, he sounded so cheerful when we spoke to him. We have such wonderful memories of you two and the fun we had together. We share your sadness & we are sorry for all the pain you all went through.
    God be with you and comfort you,
    Lillian & Cody Kellogg

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  17. Mrs. Whitney, Doug and Cathy.

    I was so sorry and sad to hear of Mr. Whitney’s passing. He was one of the good ones for sure. Always laughing and a pure joy to be around. He gave me one of my first bits of advice when I started my business which I have tried my best to follow. He will be missed but not forgotten.


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  18. Mary and Emil Jorgensen :

    Dear Darlene,
    We are very sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and the family during this very difficult time.
    Mary, Emil Jorgensen and family

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  19. Karen & Grant Shaw :

    Our dear friend Darlene
    We were saddened to hear that our good friend Royden has passed away. We will always have fond memories of him, whether it be instructing Grant on how to fall a tree or invitng Karen over cocktails and dinner. Royden was a dear, sweet friend to us, we will miss his smile.

    Lots of love to you Darlene, Cathy, Courtney, Megan, Austin and Doug
    Karen & Grant

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  20. Phil McDonald :

    To Darlene and Family,

    I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Royden’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. Although I had not seen Royden in many years, I will always remember Royden as a happy, outgoing man, full of laughter and the joys of life, with a great love for his Family. He will surely be missed but not forgotten.

    Fondest Memories.
    Phil McDonald
    Canadian Tire Waterloo

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  21. Dave,Carla,Devon & Tayler Whitney :

    Auntie Darlene, Doug, Cathy & Family
    We send you our love and strength at this difficult time. Uncle Royden was one of a kind. His great laugh, warm smile and kind heart will always be remembered. We miss you and our prayers are sent your way.
    “Within our hearts, the ones we love are never really gone….they live on…in beautiful memories.”
    We Love You

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  22. Tim, Debbie and Charlie :

    Darlene, Doug and Cathy

    Words cannot likely alleviate the pain that you are all going through but we have been thinking about you since we heard the news.

    I have nothing but fond memories of Uncle Royden. I always cherished the times that we spent together and was very appreciative of him taking the time to go out for dinner with me whether it was in Toronto or Calgary. He was someone that I looked up to, not only for advice on business but on life as well, and felt that I could talk to him about anything. He was truly a special uncle.
    I will forever remember him for his great sense of humour, big laugh and constant smile on his face.

    I know that this will be a difficult time for all but our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Tim, Debbie and Charlie

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  23. Dear Darlene, Catherine, Doug-aka “Leaky”,

    Please accept our sincere condolences at this time of sorrow. The fun times we had together at Springbank will be fondly remembered. In particular, the hockey games and libation after our many victories?!! Roy’s care and concern for others was an admirable attribute — he embraced life and was respected by all he knew. We will remember Roy as a respected businesssman, kind hearted philanthropist, and a loving, caring family man. Thank you, Roy, for your care, concern and positive influence in our lives.

    Ron LePan & Family

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  24. Ken & Mary Harris :

    Darlene, Doug, Cathy & family:
    We are so sorry to hear of Royden’s passing. I have many great memories of times spent with Royden. When I drive down Oliver Rd. past the Whitney residence I often think of the times I spent there with the family, eating Ma Whitney’s tea biscuits with strawberries and cream. Sometimes Royden would get his father’s car and we would go cruising. We often slept in the hay loft at Chercovers, then get up early to go horse back riding. Mary & I have fond memories of our visit with you in Calgary. Our ski trip to Banff with you and Royden and Ingrid & Satch and the hospitality you extended to us in your home. Royden and I even saddled up the horses and rode into the back country. We both have many fond memories of great times we spent together. Rest in peace Royden and may love surround your family at this sad time.
    With deep sympathy and love,
    Ken & Mary

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  25. Maureen Werlin :

    Cathy, Courtney, Megan and Austin:
    I can’t believe that Royden is gone. He was a wonderful father and grandfather and a great friend. He loved you all that was so evident. He brought laughter, joy and fun into your lives. His spontaneity, love of life, laughter and smile were contagious. Nothing was more important to him that family. He lived life to the fullest, there was no such thing as a glass half full. Royden had the abilty to make people feel at home. Thinking of you all at this difficult time – may the memories you made with him stay with you forever and get you through this time. Live, love and laugh and you’ll do him proud.

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  26. Les and Carol Ann Trabert :

    We have been away, so late in offering our condolences on Royden’s passing. We have many fond memories of the early CT years in Ontario, (Les in Walkerton) before moving beyond a short drive between stores. Royden’s exuberance was infections; we didn’t think he knew the word ‘impossible’ even existed! May the memories of all your wonderful years as a family help you through this difficult time. God bless you all,
    Les and Carol Ann

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