GODKIN, Thomas Roy

Born in Miami, Manitoba on August 29th, 1919, Roy spent his early years in Manitoba with his eight siblings. He is survived by his sisters Evelyn and Margaret and his brother Lorne. He left school at an early age to help support the large family by working on farms and fishing on the lakes of Manitoba.

In 1941, Roy joined the Canadian Army. Upon his discharge, he settled on Vancouver Island where he lived for many years. It was here that he met the love of his life, Bernice (Bea). He and Bea were married in 1946 and would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this year.

Roy was a man of many talents. He worked in mines, construction and was a vacuum cleaner salesperson. He worked as a circulation manager for many years for the Vancouver Sun, mainly in the Fraser Valley. He concluded his working career building houses on Vancouver Island. For the past 27 years, Roy and Bea have lived in Abbotsford where they moved to be close to Bea’s sister and husband and children, Laura & Julie, who were like their daughters. Roy is also survived by many nephews and nieces to whom he was also very close.

Roy will be remembered as a man who loved people, and in turn, people loved him.

A celebration of Roy’s life will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 15th, 2015 at the Ramada Inn in Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers, donations, in Roy’s memory to Holmberg House Hospice – c/o #206 -32555 Simon Ave Abbotsford BC V2T 4Y2 would be greatly appreciated.

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