In Loving Memory
Donald Roy Osmond
April 13, 1931 – February 25, 2019
Donald Roy Osmond, beloved husband of Shirley (nee Wheeler) of 60 years, cherished father of Judy, Sharon (husband Matt, grandson Taylor) and Gail, passed away on February 25th with his family at his side in his 88th year.
This gentle, loving, caring and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts. Principled and wise, we could always depend on him to make good decisions and do the right thing. His loving, stable and gentle guidance, unconditional love and kind heart are his legacy and gifts that will live in our hearts forever. Never one to boast or look for praises, he simply lived his life working and living for those whom he loved.
Born in Robin’s Cove, Twillingate, NL, in 1931, Roy moved with his parents and siblings to Windsor at a very young age. After high school, he accepted a position with the AND company, married Shirley Wheeler, and raised three successful daughters, all of whom cherished him. After 40+ years of service, he retired from Abitibi Price in 1989. Four years later, Roy became the proud grandfather of Taylor, whom he loved and cherished with all his heart.
Roy’s life is a true testament of how one can experience many wonderful adventures for decades, post-retirement. Soon after retirement, he and Shirley moved from Newfoundland to New Brunswick, and then on to Ontario where they made beautiful memories with their family.
Roy cultivated many passions and interests in his lifetime, including travelling, fly fishing and salmon fishing. He has travelled extensively throughout Canada and the U.S., enjoying over fifteen trips to Florida. Whether it was a day-trip or a month’s long vacation, and no matter if he travelled via plane, train, automobile or boat, he always enjoyed going to new places, learning how others live, and having great conversations with people he met along the way. No matter where he went, he would always be sure to drop in on family and friends from home.
Pool was another of Roy’s favorite hobbies – he learned the art of playing pool at a very young age, earning great respect from pool players throughout Newfoundland. Novices and seasoned players alike admired his skill and ability to make amazing trick shots. He was a mentor to many, and a respected and competitive contender amongst his peers.
While other interests included reading (particularly biographies of presidents, wars, biblical history and Queen Elizabeth II), crossword puzzles and Sudoku, some of his most treasured memories were experienced during the Christmas season. Boxing Day parties were open to anyone who enjoyed pool, darts, board games or cards. Our Christmas wasn’t complete without family and friends putting together beautiful jigsaw puzzles, some of which were framed and hung in our home.
Roy is predeceased by his infant child; parents, Solomon & Violet (nee Hamlyn) Osmond; sisters Mae Cole (Bill), Louise Baldwin (Stan), Shirley Andrews (Mel), and brothers Nelson Osmond (Jane) and Boyce Osmond. He is survived by brothers Eric (Betty); Rev. Winston (Bernice); and sister Ruth (Clayton); as well as a large circle of nephews, nieces and friends.
Left to mourn are his wife Shirley; daughters Judy, Sharon (Matt) and Gail; and his pride and joy, grandson Taylor.
Although our hearts are heavy, we celebrate his life and find comfort that he was well loved and taken care of.
Dad, we will think about you tomorrow and as the years come and go ~ we will think of you forever because we love you so.
Cremation has taken place at Bayview Gardens and Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario. A celebration of life will take place at a private family service in Ontario on Saturday, March 2. A family service will take place in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL at a later date. Until the time of his final service in Newfoundland, he has been entrusted into the care of Hoskins Funeral Home in Grand Falls-Windsor.