In celebration of a great life
April 11, 1942 – September 14, 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Roy Harding, wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Predeceased by parents Fred and Mabel, and younger brother Barry, Roy is survived by his loving wife Victoria (Larter); son Darren; his daughters Kelly and Donna (John Filippelli); granddaughters Jessica and Makena; grandsons Dario and Marco and beautiful great-granddaughter, Abbigail.
His loss will also be greatly mourned by his nephew Scott, nieces Nicole and Denise, and his beloved cat, Titch. Roy will also be greatly missed by many wonderful lifelong friends and family members around the world.
Born in Oxfordshire, England, Roy moved his family to BC, Canada in 1974 and worked as a supervisor in charge of plant operations at the University of British Columbia until his retirement in February 2001. He proudly served in the British Army as a Sapper in the 131st Parachute Engineer Regiment, and in the Canadian Armed Forces as a non-commissioned Officer in the British Columbia Regiment (Vancouver, BC).
Never one to rest on his laurels, Roy continued his dedicated service after retirement in the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires in Parksville, BC. Ever the dedicated motorcycle enthusiast, Roy was a permanent fixture at the Westwood Race-Track in Port Moody until the track was dismantled and residentially rezoned.
After retiring and moving with his wife to Parksville, BC, he became a welcomed fixture in Qualicum Beach where he shared his warm sense of humour with friends and strangers alike at the local Legion (Branch 76) and the Shady Rest Restaurant and Pub.
He will be sorely missed by all. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no Memorial Service; rather, Roy wanted his friends and loved ones to celebrate his life in their own way, and to keep his spirit alive in their hearts.
Donations to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, local SPCA, or the Terry Fox Foundation would be greatly appreciated.