W. A. Roy, M.D., C.M., C.C.F.P.
Made his final call on Thursday, February 17, 2022
Dr. Wilfred Arthur Roy
of Carleton Place, Ontario, at 98 years of age.
Dearly beloved husband of the late Carmel Isobel (Blair) Roy. Cherished and respected father of Heather Roy (Jean Doré), Wilfred (Jane) Roy and Robert Roy.
Loving Grandpa to Robin (Stacie) Langtry, Angela Langtry (m. Matt Ballantyne), Charles (Jing) Roy and Jerry (Michelle) Roy. Great Grandfather to Benham and Gwen Langtry, Marie Roy, Lincoln Roy and Mason Ballantyne.
Born on March 9th, 1923 in Timmins, Ontario to Louis Felix Roy and Marie Agléa Houle.
Pre-deceased by brothers Norman, Henry, Gerard "Ted", George and Edgar.
Also, pre-deceased by Ross Langtry, who was "like a son to me".
Survived by many nieces and nephews. Will be especially missed by niece, Joanne (Roy) and Michael Miller as well as very close friends, Laurie and Paul Bullied.
A proud graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Faculty of Medicine in 1949, Wilfred interned at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa where he met the beautiful young Registered Nurse, Carmel Blair, who was to become his wife and best friend for 69 years. They so enjoyed their last 50 years together in their home at 246 High Street.
His first position was as Civilian Medical Officer of Health at the R.C.A.F. base in Ft. Nelson, BC where he operated a 14 bed hospital there. Carmel and their "little Whitehorse baby" were delayed in their return to him due to a major snow storm.
"Young" Dr. Roy opened his practice as General Physician and Surgeon in 1952 in Carleton Place, venturing back to the Ottawa Civic for a second year of education in General Surgery, Trauma and his favourite, Orthopedics. He was on the building committee for the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital and an active staff member there since it's opening in 1955. Courtesy staff at the Queensway Carleton Hospital and Almonte General Hospital, holding all executive offices of CP and Almonte Hospitals over the years, as well as all offices in the Lanark County Medical Society.
A natural teacher, he was involved with Ottawa University as a lecturer and provided education and training in his practice for residents in the program.
As a licensed private pilot and aircraft owner, he was quite pleased to be able to be a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner, Ontario and continued in this area of expertise following his retirement in 1990. Always interested in the community he lived in, he was active in the East Lanark High School Board, the Municipal Arena operating committee, the CP "100" Service Club and on the Board of the Mississippi Golf Club. He loved to golf, curl, fish, garden and read, continuing to be involved and informed all his life.
In his own words, "I would like to believe that, on a small scale, my life has made a worthwhile contribution to my family, patients and friends as well as my parents, brothers, their families and acquaintances through my sojourn in the medical field."
In 1990, the lovely people of Carleton Place organized a surprise retirement party for Dad. He turned quite pale when we escorted him in but rose to the occasion in his usual gracious manner with his sense of humour intact. Granddaughter Angela, age 8 at the time, was very impressed with the huge bow decorating the gift of a beautiful Grandfather clock. Her recent words ring true: "He has lived a long life. A good soul who has helped so many people and was respected. I saw how loved he was by the town at his retirement party."
The family extends its gratitude to all those who were part of Wilfred Roy's wonderful journey through life. A special and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Roger Drake and the staff at AGH and Fairview Manor for the compassionate and professional care provided to Dad during the last three years. The "Old Warrior" taught us well and can rest now.
Following Dr. Roy’s instructions a private commendation
will be held a later date.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the
C. R. GAMBLE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL Inc.
(127 Church St., Almonte, ON., 613-256-3313)
For those who may choose to honour Dr. Roy with a memorial donation, please consider the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital or the Almonte General Hospital Foundation.
Condolences & tributes: www.crgamble.com