Obituary of BEST, Roy Maurice

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Roy Maurice Best

January 1, 1939 – November 5, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Roy on his family farm on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the age of 77. Roy is the son of the late Mervyn and Vera Best; beloved husband of Irene (née Hitchins) for 51 years; loving and proud father of Debbie Best (Luc); “Grandpa Roy” to Elora Jewel St-Laurent-Best. Roy is survived by older brother Arnold; brother-in-law to Tom and Jean Hitchins. Loved by nieces (Debbie M., Sarah H., Linda W.) and nephews (David M., Steven H., David B.) Roy was a loyal member of the Orange and Black Lodges, Springville and Bailieboro Churches, and a dedicated choir member. Strong supporter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada MS Walk with his friend Paul L. Roy loved his country music and faithfully attended Jamborees to sing and play his guitar. He was an Insurance Advisor for over 45 years for Canada Life Assurance and everyone Roy met became a friend.

Service Information

Visitation will be held at the Millbrook Christian Assembly (71 King St. W., Millbrook – please follow detour signs around construction) on Tuesday, November 8th from 3 – 4 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at Centreville Presbyterian Church (564 County Rd 28, South Monaghan) on Wednesday, November 9th at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Emily Presbyterian Cemetery, Omemee. In Roy’s memory, the family requests that donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Condolences may be made at


We are shocked and sadenned to hear of Roy's passing. Our prayers are with you and your family, Irene. He will be greatly missed by his church family and so many others.

Ron and Bonnie Larmer

Irene Debbie & Luke & family Sorry to here of Roy passing we crossed paths many times and was a great neighbour.

Tom & Sharlene & Kolton Menzies

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Roy. He will be greatly all.

Bryan and Donna Traynor

We are very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories during this very difficult time.

Jason & Sherry Ramsay

Dearest Irene, Our sympathies are with you during this sad time. We will always remember Roy fondly, his wide smile, his generous nature and his enjoyment of music. My memories of the fun times spent with you both at WI functions never fade! I know the WI family will be a source of comfort and support to you, Debbie and Elora during this difficult time. Someone so special will not be forgotten.

Ronnie & Simon Wickens

Shocked to hear of Roy's passing.He will be missed by the community, church and FamilyH e leaves a gap that cannot be filled.Please accept our condolences..

Pat and John

My condolences to the Best Family on behalf of the members of the Provincial Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario East. I have known Roy for many years and always enjoyed his company. He was a dedicated Orange Lodge member and he will be missed.

Mark Alexander, Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario East

I would like to extend my condolences to the family. Roy and I shared a room at Grand Orange Lodge sessions for years. Roy was always helpful in aiding my efforts to preserve the history of the Orange and Black lodges through the preservation of regalia and artifacts. Just a year ago he brought me a bag of pins, badges and caps. His tireless efforts to raise money for MS was a constant reminder to help others. None shall miss him more than his family, including his Orange family. I will miss him.

Jim Pyke

My sympathies to the Best Family. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the wake and funeral but my thoughts are with you all. Sincerely, Brian Morton.

Brian Morton

Roy was a wonderful man who never met a stranger. I'm so glad I was able to visit with him earlier this year. He will surely be missed.

Erica Mayhew

Irene and family.....So very saddened and shocked to hear about Roy. We will miss him. Just know that we are thinking of you are this difficult time.

Murray and Sandra

On behalf of the brothers of the Loyal Orange Lodge 121 Bobcaygeon, we are saddened to hear of the passing of our brother Roy Best. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Stanley Gilpin, Past Grand Master Ontario West

We are saddened to hear of Roy's passing. He always had a smile and a pleasant greeting whenever we met. He will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

The Hayes Family

June Kerr-Punchard

Debbie, I was so sad to hear about your Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mom. Your Dad was such a kind man and I know he will be missed by everyone who he knew.

Cheryl James

So sorry to hear about Roy's sudden passing. We have good memories of him, going back to when he worked with my Dad, Murray Roberts, at Canada Life Association. He supported this community in so many ways. One that always will be remembered was with the Psthway of Fame, from the beginning, both with participation at the Fundraising Jamborees and financial support. And you are to be so proud of his contribution to the MS Society. Again, our sincere warm feelings for your family. May you always be blessed by wonderful memories of the great man who was Roy Best. Warm regards June & Brian Punchard

June and Brian Punchard

Dear Irene,Debbie and Family: I was so saddened to hear of Roy's sudden passing. May our God of comfort hold You in His loving arms. Love, Vivian

Vivian Anderson (Clarke)

John and Barbara Fallis

Our sincere condolences to the Best Family. Roy was a very dedicated country music fan and we thank him so much for his support, not only to me and my band but to the local country music scene. His smile and friendliness will be missed by all his friends.


Dear Best Family: We are so sorry to hear about Roy. Over the years we have fixed many of Roy's car frames, what a gentle man. We also sponsored him on his yearly MS walk. Our deepest sympathies. Bill & Bob Bruce and the Staff of Bruce Custom fabricating.

Bill & Bob Bruce

Roy was my cousin and the friend of my childhood. Our sincere condolences to you, Irene and to your family. We have lost a part of our family history with Roy's passing. Best wishes, Tom

Tom Sanderson and family

Dear Irene - we were so very sorry to hear of Roy's passing. We know how much he will be missed by his wonderful family and friends. Our thoughts are with you during this trying time.

Monica and Paul Schjott

So sorry to hear of Roy's sudden passing. Bob and I are grateful that we spent time with you both recently at the wedding.

Robert Hitchins & Bev Pare

Irene and Debbie, very sorry to hear of Roy's passing. My condolences.

Fran Morton

To The Best Family Please accept our deepest sympathy at this very difficult time of Roy's passing. We knew Roy from the Brooklin dance and also the jamborees. Roy will be very sadly missed.

Roger and Verian Dezan and Garry and Pat Powell

I was saddened to hear of your dad's passing debbie . While its been many years since we were friends in high school I have fond memories of your dad and family . From my family to yours our thoughts are with you during this difficult time . Sincerely Wendy

Wendy Hopkins

Dear Irene and Debbie I am saddened to hear of Roy's passing. I have fond memories of knowing him through teaching you, Debbie, and later through Canada Life Insurance when he was an advisor. Irene and Debbie, my thoughts are with you at this sad time. Colette

Colette Johnston



Sorry for your Loss! Members of Munster LOL and LOBA

Preston Harris / Janet Harris

Sorry to hear about Roy's passing. Didn't know about this in time to go to the wake or funeral. Guess I need to check the obits more regularly. He will be missed by many. It is a loss to the community.

Jim Chaplin