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Arthur Herbert (Herb) Roller




Born: 1924


Died: 17 Jul 2009


ROLLER, Arthur Herbert (Herb) - On Friday July 17, 2009 at 9 a.m. , we said "goodbye" to our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. . with sadness and joy... It was a journey... not a battle ...with lung disease... during which time we all learned new insights to the man we had known for a lifetime. Herb was a man of conviction... courageous but careful; practical but also compassionate; strong but not stubborn. Herb was always true to his word as his son, James, said... "the truest man I have ever known". He loved his family first.... he loved his professions and he was a true friend. He thought nothing of taking a family picture, painting someone's house, helping to build a house with family, making wine for friends, or making a friendly meal and caring for his grandchildren. He was outgoing and friendly. Today, we remember with humility his many contributions to society... he was a willing and loyal volunteer for Sports Hall of Fame, Meals on Wheels, Lutheran Community Care Centre, Italian Hall. . to mention only a few. He was proud of his service in the Royal Canadian Navy during WW2... in which he saw action in the north Atlantic on his ship The Swansea from 1940 to 1944. Herb was also proud of his service with the OPP for 23 years. He achieved the rank of Sergeant with the Identification Branch. He was a forerunner in colour photography with that department and also received accreditation in Wedding Photography. He also owned Andrews Photography for many years and photographed many weddings in both Kenora and Thunder Bay. During his retirement he enjoyed driving school bus for Iron Range. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, his daughters, Elizabeth (Josh), Margaret (Steve) Naida and Patricia... His sons, James and Bryan (Colleen)... His beloved grandchildren. . Adam ( Jen), Elise, Emily, Karen, Keith, Kyle, Jennifer ( Justin) (and Mom Korene), Melanie (Marco) and Taylor (Alyssa) (and their dad Greg). ... each and everyone know a part of grandpa... special to them; one great-grandson, Finlay and brother Jim in Los Angeles and special sisters-in- law Gwen and Mary; special brother-in-law Wayne Lax and families and Brian Lax and many other loved family members. He was predeceased by his parents and many siblings and his beloved son Terry and grandsons, Steven Hajdinjak, Christopher Roller, and Marshall and Joshua Hajdinjak, Joyce's parents Maude and Arvid, and brothers-in-law, Allan and Merril. Cremation has taken place and a service at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will be held on September 22, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. as so many family members are out of town at present. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers donations to Thunder Bay Food Bank, Lutheran Community Care Centre or Our Saviour's Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated or charity of your choice. "Herb, all our love always, Joyce and family" (The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal 21 Jul 2009)


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