ROY, Colette Marie (nee Barber) March 29th, 1933 - August 29th, 2012. With great sadness we announce that our mother peacefully slipped away August 29, 2012 with family by her side. Born in Vancouver, B.C., mom had many interesting stories of growing up with her family travelling to different areas of BC and Alberta while her father designed many of the bridges and trestles for the trans-Canada railway. Mom settled in Vancouver, where she met our father, and worked as a marine operator among other switchboard jobs, Mom swam competitively and was on the 1954 British Empire Games team. Mom spent many hours volunteering for different organizations such as Pony club, Riding for the Disabled, Special Olympics as well as high school track and field. Mom also worked for Michell Farms for many years. Mom loved participating in many activities such as driving her pony and buggy, X-C skiing, racewalking, and coaching. After years of living a simple life of moderation and traditional values, mom was rewarded with the great enjoyment she had in the world of cruising where she made many friends. Having raised 4 children largely on her own, with loving husband Ray Roy, who was a mariner working at sea most of our lives, (we lost dad to cancer in 2007), we remember mom as strong and competent, tackling lifes challenges head-on including her battle with cancer (surpassing all expectations). We would like to thank Dr. Jim Laing and all the wonderful staff at Victoria Hospice for their kindness and loving care. Left to cherish special memories are children Lisa, Celia (Terry Michell), Michael (Sacha), Stephen (Gordana) and 15 grandchildren who mom (gramma) loved deeply and was so very proud of. Friends and family are invited to join us at a Celebration of Life in honour of our mother, on September 29th, 2012 at The Beachhouse Restaurant, 5109 Cordova Bay Rd, Victoria from 1 to 4pm. In lieu of flowers a donation to Victoria Hospice or a hospice of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Sept. 14 to Sept. 16, 2012