Roy, Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph Roy, age 68, of Nanaimo passed away on July 6, 2015 with his family at his side. Michael was born on April 18, 1947 in Ottawa, Ontario. He began his career as a Crash Rescue Firefighter in the Canadian Armed Forces and retired as a Lieutenant in the City of Nanaimo Fire Rescue Department in 2002. His attitude of service to help others was further evidenced by regular donations to the Canadian Blood Services.

He was actively involved in fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and served as the regional representative for firefighters in western Canada. Michael enjoyed many activities such as dancing, fishing, motorcycling, slo-pitch, golf, hockey, mountain biking, and pickle ball. He enjoyed getting together with family and friends and always entertained people with his unique sense of humour.

Michael is survived by his wife, Carol of 45 years, his son Cory (Megan), his daughter, Chantelle and his grandchildren, Kestrel, Raven, and Tanager. He is also survived by his sister, Claire and a large extended family.

He is predeceased by his father, Herve, mother, Lucienne, and sister, Helen.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Beban Social Centre, Nanaimo, BC on Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 3-6 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Palliative Care Unit, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, 102-1801 Bowen Road, Nanaimo, BC V9S 1H1,


The family expresses deep gratitude to the exceptional staff of the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH and the brotherhood of firefighters at Nanaimo Fire Rescue.

Michael’s life can be summed up in family, service and humour. Stick with the pack “GNU”.

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