Roy Galway

Roy Galway

Thursday, May 6th, 1920 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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Roy Lane Galway, passed away at Listowel Memorial Hospital, on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the age of 99 years.

Husband of Clara (Starratt) Galway who predeceased him on March 12, 2020.

Father of Jim Galway of St. Clements (Meg Shuebrook), Mi (Margaret) & Roddy Faulkner of Bass River, NS, and Peter Galway & Janice Hodder of Listowel.

Grandfather of Dan Galway & Angie Vaughan, Abe Galway & Tanya Lee, Jason & Tessa Faulkner, Jodi Faulkner, and Megan & Dustin Eberle, and great-grandfather of Alexander, Kalen, Addy, Amaya, and Alivia. And many more nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his brother Joseph Galway, his sisters Fanny May and June Hendren, and his niece Laurie Hendren.

Roy was born in Pittsburgh Township, Ontario, to parents James and Edith (Lane) Galway of Gananoque, and was the second oldest of four children. Roy was a teacher before the war, When Roy joined the RCAF, his aptitude tests steered him towards radar sciences. In 1941 he was deployed overseas for five years, serving with the 405-pathfinder squadron as flight sergeant, and became an expert in the proper functionality of his Squadron’s radar equipment which was vital technology used at the time to navigate the treacherous skies over Germany.

At war’s end, Galway would return home to Ontario, earning an agricultural engineering degree from the Macdonald campus of McGill University in the town of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue near Montreal. This is where he met his future wife of 72 years Clara. Roy worked for the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario (later renamed Ontario Hydro in 1974) for 35 years, retiring in 1983. He and Clara made Listowel their home in 1958, living in the same Churchill Drive house for nearly the entire time raising three children there

They were extremely Committed members of Trinity United Church, Listowel, Roy was very involved with the church, volunteering for almost every activity, and serving on the board in many different capacities. Roy was also a proud member of the Listowel Legion.

Roy helped to establish the 2nd Listowel Scouts in 1963, and the group is still active today. He was dedicated to Scouting Canada for 36 plus years serving as group committee chairman. Also, he was instrumental in the Listowel scout’s participation in an Atlantic Canada Centennial trip which culminated with a Jamboree in P.E.I.

Also, an enthusiastic curler, he curled well into his later years and volunteered for many duties at the curling club.

He believed in volunteerism, he helped to form the Electric Service League, he worked on the building committee for both the local school board and the church.

He loved all games, card games, golf games, board games, backyard games it was here that his playful and competitive spirit really shone through. He was also a dedicated Blue Jay fan and also a big fan of the Montreal Canadiens, probably from the time he spent in Montreal.

He spent summers at the cottage in Little Bass River, where many activities took place, many family suppers and nightly card games, and also doing things with Clara’s sister Barb and her husband Jim.

Roy loved his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren dearly and they meant the world to him. He loved life and always treated people with respect, dignity and caring.

A Celebration of Roy and Clara’s life will be held at Trinity United Church, Listowel, and details will be announced as soon as they are available.

Interment in Riverside United Cemetery, Colchester County, Nova Scotia.

Memorial donations to Trinity United Church, Listowel, or Riverside United Church, Bass River, would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

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    Trinity United Church, Listowel
    230 Barber Ave. N.
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    A Celebration of Roy and Clara’s life will be held at Trinity United Church, Listowel, and details will be announced as soon as they are available.



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Dave and Carol Pearson

Posted at 12:16pm
So sad to hear of Roy and Clara’s passing. Lovely couple and they will be dearly missed in Little Bass
Dave and Carol

Laureen Eby

Posted at 05:34pm
To all the Galway Family:
I was sure sad to learn about Roy's passing, especially so soon after your mother's passing. But again, I'm sure you have many treasured memories of both them, that are etched on your hearts forever.
One memory I have of him: One day I was in the Co-op here in Listowel, trying to explain to the sales person that I wanted a small shovel, one that went straight down, Roy was there and said, "Oh you want a spade." So he came to my rescue, and still using the same spade!
Laureen Eby

Ray and Linda McNichol

Posted at 10:17pm
Our condolences to you and yours in the passing of your dad. It is hard to think of Roy without Clara, so if it is any consolation at this time, it is knowing they are together again. Roy and Clara have been such an integral part of the community here in Listowel for many years, we have missed them of late when they had to leave for health reasons. They have mentored all who took the time to listen and heed their sage advice.....we are blessed to have met them.

Paula Blagrave

Posted at 04:04pm
Again our condolences to the family of another fellow MAC grad. We talked with Roy and Clara several times about university life in the little town of Ste Anne de Bellevue and although your parents went to school a few years before us the campus was a beautiful setting and we are sure Roy and Clara thoroughly enjoyed and valued their time there. Roy was a lovely gentleman and you will miss him.

Sharon Cain

Posted at 05:01pm
Sincere condolences to the family, I only became acquainted with Roy for a short time but long enough to know that he was an extraordinary man and well loved! His love and devotion to his late wife Clara was a pleasure to behold! RIP Roy, Clara has called you home!

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