Roy Edward Stover passed away on May 24, 2022, at the age of 86. He was born in Galahad, Alberta, on July 16, 1935.
Roy was predeceased by his sisters Donna and Eileen, brother Ernie and daughters Lillian and Ida May. He is survived by his loving partner Sandra, his brother Jim, his sister Hazel, his son Ed [Duwan] and daughter Vina. Roy was blessed by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He has numerous family and friends near and far.
Born into farming, Roy entered the military as a young man. He married the girl next door while stationed in Shilo, Manitoba. He and Marilynn became proud parents of four children as well as fostering many others.
Being in the army took him across Canada, even to Alert Bay in the land of the midnight sun, and into Virginia. But the highlight of his military career was when he joined the airborne in Edmonton. Roy was very proud of his 52 jumps. Because he did not have active duty, he would sign up for training other than his role as a radio technician. One adventure took him to Australia on a jungle warfare course.
After 27 years in the army, Roy became a businessman owning a luggage repair shop in downtown Edmonton. He retired and he and his wife, Marilynn, spent many winters in Texas to escape the northern winters. He enjoyed his life there and made many friends over the years. When Marilynn passed away Roy moved to Powell River where he met Sandra.
Roy and Sandra became active in the community doing volunteer work on the ORCA Bus, filling Christmas hampers or service in the recovery community. They travelled by road, air and cruises for fun and family and friend connections. They were seen often at concerts, movies and restaurants laughing and loving each other’s company. They always held hands. They were often described as such a cute couple.
Life took a big change when Roy had a stroke in 2020. He became paralyzed and ended up in Willingdon Creek Village for care. Sandra visited every day and they had long, late-night phone conversations discussing the day, the news and some gossip, and always with love and laughter.
We would like to thank Dr. Ghali, the staff at Powell River General Hospital and at Willingdon Creek for their kind support and patience.
A memorial service is planned for Thursday, June 9, at the Legion, downstairs at 2 pm, for those who wish to share some stories and fellowship.
Donations may be made in Roy’s name to the Salvation Army food bank or any other local charity of your choice.
He will be missed by many.