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ROY EDWARD WILLIAMS July 8, 1927 - September 14, 2020 Enduring rapidly declining physical health but still as sharp as ever, Roy chose to die after a wonderful life of 93 years and 70 years of wedded bliss. He passed away at home peacefully and painlessly lovingly supported by his wife Lenore, son Chris (Linda Golding), and daughters Cynthia (David McNicol), Andrea (Basil Webber), and Alison (Bruce Hanks). Roy grew up in Winnipeg and attended the University of Manitoba where he completed a Commerce Honours Degree. He went to work at Great-West Life in 1950, living and working in Winnipeg, Chicago, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, retiring on June 20, 1988. Roy continued on with his financial planning career for many years. He was an Honourary Lifetime Member of the Vancouver Downtown Probus Club. Roy was a gifted athlete. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame twice. He loved golfing…most of the time. Roy was an Olympian (Canadian basketball team, Helsinki 1952) and an orator (every Christmas, office party, family gathering, special occasion, and wedding). Roy was also an avid traveler, visiting 48 countries accompanied by Lenore and often lifelong friends. He was an integral part of arranging Sigma Lambda Phi reunions. Roy loved a good martini. Together with Lenore, they hosted many dinner parties which always ended in a sing-a-long. They had an open door policy. Over the 34 years they have resided in their present home, not only did family visits occur regularly, many of their grandkids and other relatives lived with them to work and/or go to school. Roy left his kids and their spouses, nine grandchildren (Jeremy, Sasha, Kimberly, Alanna, Meghan, Kaitlin, Kyla, Konrad and Koli) and partners and his 15 great-grandchildren (16th great-grandchild due soon) with a legacy of unconditional love, honesty, hard work ethic, the desire for lifelong learning, and the importance of family and friends. Every year, he remembered and marked every single one of those 40 family member's birthdays with a special handmade card and a direct deposit. Roy embraced the rapidly evolving technological world the same way he embraced a new golf club…a little tough to get used to it to begin with but well worth the effort. Roy kept his spirit going until the very end, champion that he was, and he made it easier to say good-bye because he was so very ready to leave this world. His last words were singing "I See the Moon" to his loving family seated around him. What a gift to us. He left this world with his heart full of gratitude for his long and wonderful life. Our hearts are full of gratitude too. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada ( or The North York General Hospital Breast Cancer Centre ( There will be celebrations of the life of Roy, Dad, Afi, and Great-Afi every day forever.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Sep. 19 to Sep. 23, 2020.
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September 23, 2020
Roy, Lenore, and family were wonderful friends to our family. I specifically remember a few days at our ranch. Roy will be missed!
Grant McPhail
September 20, 2020
Roy was a teammate of mine at University of Manitoba, and a friend that I respected and looked up to. An exceptional human being. I left Winnipeg in 1953 and unfortunately lost contact with him for many years but often thought of him, as he was so special.
My sympathy to Lenore. You were a great couple made for each other.
Clearly Roy lived a great life.
Neil Wood
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