It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Roy Israel Ellie, Husband, Father, Gigi and Friend on April 24, 2020 at Misericordia Health Center. Roy was 95. Roy would have been married 68 years to his loving wife Ethel this May.
Born in Winnipeg in 1924, Roy grew up in Fortier Mb., and in 1939 moved to Elphinstone Mb. As a youngster, Roy enjoyed trapping mink and weasel with his pet dog Jerry. In 1941, while working with CNR, Roy was called to serve his country as a gunner, which he proudly did. Regrettably, Roy contracted tuberculosis while serving and was hospitalized for 5 years. He was grateful to have survived.
Roy’s first post war job was at North Star Oil. He was super excited to be able to work and his family is all too familiar with his joyful expression of being able to go to work. “Rise and Shine – It’s Daylight in the Swamps”. While at North Star, he also taught drafting at Red River College. He continued to work at North Star Oil / Shell Oil until his retirement as a Fire and Safety Supervisor, where he was proud to take care of the guys at Shell Oil Refinery in St. Boniface.
Roy and Ethel travelled 18 consecutive years to Varadero, Cuba with both family and friends from Winnipeg and abroad. Many friendly relations remain in place to this day. He also spent his summers with family at the cottage in Falcon Lake, creating countless memories that will last the lifetime of those involved.
Roy is survived by his loving wife Ethel (Married 67 years), two sons and their families, Ronald (Yvonne), Brooke and Bryce; David (Alice) and Nicole; brothers Peter (Eugenia), Bill and their families. He is also survived by cousins in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Roy was predeceased by his parents Mike and Sophie, brothers Brownie and Fred and his Sister-In-Law Patti.
Cremation has taken place.
Arrangements entrusted to Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services