Roy Fairburn, beloved husband of Geraldine Fairburn of Preeceville, formerly of the Rockford district and Regina. Surrounded by his loving family Roy died peacefully on Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.
Roy Wilson Fairburn was born February 5, 1938 on the family farm in the Rockford district of Saskatchewan to his parents Lloyd and Eva (nee Weightman) Fairburn.
Roy grew up on the family farm and attended Peerless School in the district and later Sturgis High School. After completing school Roy began working on the farm. Roy married Geraldine Yano in the Preeceville United Church, on October 25, 1958. As a young couple they lived in Regina where Roy took an accounting course that he used throughout his work and volunteer life. Roy worked for Boleman Brothers Cannary in Regina and later at the Saskatchewan Legislature, with the Ministry of Agriculture and later with Crop Insurance. In Regina they were blessed with the birth of their first daughter, Linda. In 1964 they moved to Armstrong, B.C. where they bought a motel. While in B.C. their second daughter, Wendy was born. In 1974 they bought the farm in the Rockford district and moved back to Saskatchewan. Roy and Gerry farmed for over 30 years, until they sold the farm, and moved into their current home in Preeceville in September of 2007.
Roy was active in many community organizations and had many interest and passions he enjoyed. Over the years Roy served on the School Board for Endeavour School, the Band Parents Association, he was a 4-H leader, a member of the Endeavour Lion’s Club and later the Eagles. Roy enjoyed dancing, hunting, nature and fishing. He was an active slow pitch player and curler, he was active in Club 60, he became very involved with the Kelsey Ecological Society and was active in Trinity United Church congregation. Always one to keep busy he did carpentry and enjoyed looking after his yard and garden and planting trees in the Wildlife Park beside their home. Roy and Gerry always enjoyed an opportunity to visit with friends and enjoy playing cards together.
In all of his interests and passions his greatest love was for his family. His beloved wife of fifty-nine years, Geraldine. His loving daughters, Linda and Wendy and their families were always at the center of his world.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Geraldine, two daughters, Linda (Gary) Crouse and Wendy (Darcy) Ahenakew, eight grandchildren: Mercedes (Wade), Maddison, Christian, Nicholas, Darcy Jr. (Hannah), Rayna, Drew and Demi; brother, Bert (Carol); sister, Laura; sister-in-law, Laura; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.
Roy was predeceased by his parents, Lloyd and Eva; two brothers Earl and Allan; and one sister, Alice.
Funeral Services were held on Friday, June 29, 2018 from Trinity United Church in Preeceville with Rev. Miles Russell officiating. Organist, Leanne Jakubowski with members of Trinity United Church Choir led the congregation in the singing of the hymns, How Great Thou Art, In The Garden and Jesus You Have Come To the Lakeshore. Pastor Hein Bertram sang a solo of The Lord’s Prayer. Special musical selections were played by the Woodland Chorus. A tribute and words of remembrance on behalf of the grandchildren was given by Maddison Herron. Interment followed in the Poplar Grove Cemetery with Roy’s grandchildren serving as the urnbearers.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.preecevillefuneralhome.com
Memorials in memory of Roy may be made to the Poplar Grove Cemetery or to the Preeceville Wildlife Federation Park as gifts of remembrance.
Arrangements were entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home.