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Date of Passing: Sep 07, 2023Offer Condolences or Memory
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Roy Olien at the age of 78 on Thursday, September 7, 2023.
Survived by his wife of 55 years, Norma-Jean (Mrs.); daughter Karen (Brian), Andrew, Meaghan; daughter Sandy (Darren), Bree, Brady; sister Carol; brother-in-law Tim; many nieces and nephews, and his best friend Bill.
Roy and Norma met in 1963 and got married in 1968. Roy spent the rest of the next 55 years sharing his life with “Mrs.” doing many of the things they enjoyed together such as walks, outdoor concerts, Rainbow Stage, movies, or a drive to South Beach. Roy was in the sign business for 60 years, 50 of those being self-employed at “The Sign Shop”. Roy spent many years volunteering at his local community club, Kelvin C.C., coaching his daughter’s softball and ringette starting at the club level all the way to AA. He also was sitting on the board for RERA. Many of the girls who he coached still called him “Mr. O” or “Coach” when they saw him in later years. Roy enjoyed camping across the country with his family, and in later years spending many weeks camping with Mrs. at Birds Hill Park. Over the years, one of his greatest joys was attending every event or activity for all four of his grandchildren, Andrew, Meaghan, Bree, and Brady. His face was full of love and pride for each one of them, always offering words of wisdom and encouragement. He loved his grandchildren so much, and had a special nickname for each of them.
Roy was a man of integrity and made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was without a doubt, a one-of-a-kind husband, dad, grandpa, brother, coach, and friend. We are all lucky to have had his wisdom and love guiding us through life right until the end.
A special thank you to CancerCare and the amazing Riverview Health Centre staff.
As per Roy’s wishes, no service will be held, but donations may be made in his memory to Riverview Palliative Care Unit.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 2023
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Dear Norma and Family, Very sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories spent with you and Roy and Carol. Roy was a very nice and funny man. - Posted by: Cindy Angus (Cousin) on: Oct 02, 2023
Deepest sympathies to Norma, Karen, Sandy, Carol and their families. I remember fun family gatherings, Roy's dry witty humour, and being part of Norma & Roy's wedding party back in 1968. Great memories! Sending prayers, Teresa. - Posted by: Teresa Steinhauer (Cousin on the Olien Side of The Family) on: Sep 22, 2023
Dear Norma & Family So sorry to hear of Roy's passing. We will always remember him as a kind person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. - Posted by: maureen & ken burton (brian smith's sister) on: Sep 18, 2023
My sincere condolences to Norma and her family. Roy was a wonderful loving caring individual who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. - Posted by: Bob Acheson (Brother in Law) on: Sep 17, 2023
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