Roy Berkley PESTELL

Roy Berkley PESTELL


Roy Berkley Pestell of Rimbey, Alberta passed away, with family by his side, at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Long Term Care on Friday, November 30, 2012. He had turned 90 years in October. There were many angels helping make Roy’s later years, months, and days easier. Much gratitude goes to the Parkland Manor staff, Home Care, FCSS, and the Rimbey Long Term Care nursing and support staff.

Roy was born in Calgary and was raised on the family homestead outside of Nanton, Alberta. In 1951, he married the love of his life, Joyce and together they raised their children: Laura Lee (Jim) Scott, Bruce (Karen) Williams, Rena (Pat) Harty, and Mike (Tracy) Pestell. Sadly, Joyce passed away in August, 1978.Two of Roy’s sisters, Norma Ozeroff and Olive Klaiber predeceased him. His sister, Keitha Comstock, whose phone calls always cheered him, lives in Nanton. Missing their grandpa are grandchildren: Jimmy (Sandra) Scott, Beth (Gary) Long, Orin Williams, Alyssa Williams, Patrick (Deanna) Harty, Tara (Tyler) Homan, Afton Pestell, and Gage Pestell. Also missing him are ten great grandchildren, and four great, great grandchildren.

Many people have examples of Roy’s fine skill as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He was always there to lend a hand and his expertise; his love expressed in helping, no matter what the problem was. Most days would find Roy in the woodshop working on something; maybe a toy box, a cabinet, or a birdhouse. Many bluebirds owe their lives to Roy; he tended to his nest boxes accompanied by his little white dog, Buddy.

“Dad was loved very much and with sadness we said goodbye, but we all have our own and our shared happy memories: a loving father teaching how to care for and ride a horse, a fun-filled camping trip, a bounce on the knee with his lovely voice singing nursery rhymes, his many musical abilities: dancing, musical whistling, singing, and his very firm hugs.”

Our Brother, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa now rests in peace with his beloved wife, Joyce.

A Family Funeral Service in Celebration of Roy’s Life was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Rimbey on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Deborah Laing officiating. Roy was laid to rest in the Nanton Cemetery, Nanton on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Roy’s Memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences to the family may also be expressed by e-mail to:

Funeral and Burial Arrangements for the Late Roy Berkley Pestell

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