In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
ROY, Delphis Joseph - With gratitude for a life of service to his country and community, love for his family and friends, and adventurous spirit to travel the world; the children of Joseph Delphis Roy share the news of his death on September 13, 2023.
Son of the late Telesphore and Amanda Roy, Delphis was born in Cap Chat, Quebec and was proud of his French heritage.
Delphis lost his father when he was 3 years old and started working on a farm at the age of 5 to help support the family. Following matriculation from Ecole Saint Alexandre in Gatineau, QC, he attended Agricultural school in Gaspé. After graduation, he worked at a poultry farm in Mont Laurier and was subsequently recruited to cook in a lumber camp north of Quebec City, he then worked as a pastry chef in a hotel in Quebec.
While in Quebec City, he saw a recruiting poster for the Royal Canadian Navy. Seeking more adventure in his life, he enlisted in 1949. Early in his career, Delphis was transferred to Halifax and served on HMCS Magnificent, Ontario, Saguenay, and Annapolis as an instrument electronic technician in the Naval Air branch. As a fully bilingual serviceman, he was transferred to CFB Borden to develop and teach technical courses in French. One of the highlights of his career was serving at CFB Shearwater as Chief BAMEO for several years prior to his retirement in 1982. Post retirement he continued service to his country as Chief Warrant Officer at the cadet camp in CFB Bagotville, QC.
Following his military career, Delphis became a real estate agent, volunteered with the community RCMP office in Beaver Bank, served on the planning committee for Halifax County and was regularly called upon to carve turkey for church suppers at Knox United.
Delphis met the love of his life, Edith, in 1954 and they were married on December 26th, 1955. They honeymooned in New York and danced to Guy Lombardo at Times Square. This was the beginning of their desire to explore the world. Edith would often meet Delphis wherever his ship was docked for a port visit. Their travels continued after his retirement and their adventurous spirit took them to many countries, some of which were not necessarily popular tourist destinations.
Edith and Delphis bought a home in Beaver Bank where they raised five children. Delphis planted a huge garden, tended laying hens, and spent countless hours sawing and splitting wood for the fireplace and wood stove. His family and friends all knew that when they visited, they were expected to bring in an armload of wood and stay for a cup of tea.
After Edith passed in 2019, Delphis moved to Parkland Independent living in Clayton Park where he lived until his passing.
Delphis had a beautiful tenor singing voice and was a member of the Millstream chorus for many years. During the pandemic, he entertained the residents at Parkland with impromptu concerts.
Delphis passed peacefully at the QEII hospital surrounded by his children. The family appreciated the empathetic care and support provided by the doctors and staff at the hospital.
Delphis is survived by his children Julia Roy (Scott), John Roy (Kathy), Carole Hope (Jamie), Ruth Roy (Terry); his grandchildren: Megan, Joshua, Jennifer, Nicholas, Linsey, Scott, Brian, and great grandchildren: Cooper, Lucy, Trent, Fynn, Keith, Mabel, and Everett.
He is predeceased by his wife Edith, son Wade, brother Paul-Emile, and sisters Madeline and Jacqueline.
A visitation will be held on October 12, 2023, 6-8 PM followed by a Celebration of Life Service on October 13, 2023,10:00AM. Both will occur at Atlantic Funeral Home, 125 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, B4C 2R3. Interment following reception for family only.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Delphis can be made to the Local Red Cross.
Ships served in:
CFB SHEARWATER - Served in SHEARWATER as BAMEO