Obituary of Roy Clemeth Legge
March 28, 1939 – Howley, Newfoundland
September 15, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta
Roy Legge, cherished husband and father, went to be with his Lord at sunrise on Wednesday, September 15, 2022, at the age of 83 years, still holding his bride’s hand.
He is survived by his loving wife Jan of 57 years, son Colin, daughter Kristi, son-in-law Gord, and Gord’s daughters, Breanna and Janelle. He treasured every pet in the family and Daisy, Gibson, and Skye are bewildered without Papa Roy.
Roy and Jan were set up by friends on a blind date in 1963 and they married in 1966. Colin was born in 1970, and Kristi was adopted in 1971. Roy was a devoted husband and dad all the days of his life.
Roy was predeceased by his parents George and Mary; his brother Brian, and his “brother from another mother”, Bob Stroud.
Roy was born in Howley, a little town in central Newfoundland, where he enjoyed many hours of outdoor adventures including hunting, trapping, fishing, and riding ATVs, which he enjoyed all his life. He was an adventurous and confident young man. By the time he was twelve years old, he was a timekeeper and letter writer on the CP Railroad in the summers, where his father worked his whole life.
At the age of fifteen, he started med. school at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. After a few years, he realized this was not his calling. His career in Human Resources started at Brinco shortly afterwards and he went on to be appointed Cabinet Minister, serving as Minister of Labour in the Smallwood government. These opportunities were the basis for many future career positions with the Churchill Falls project, Bank of Montreal in Toronto, and Petro-Canada in Calgary for 27 years, where his finished his management career. He completed an executive MBA at Western University during those years and of course, he was a conscientious student. After Petro-Canada, Roy became a rookie Investment Advisor with his daughter Kristi at BMO Nesbitt Burns. He was the greatest teacher and mentor for Kristi. Five years later, he successfully retired, Roy and Jan began to travel extensively, and they wintered in Yuma for many years.
In 1979, while living in Toronto, his lifelong connections with close friends and Chuck Colson’s book “Born Again”, brought him to a turning point in his life, where he asked God to reveal Himself in a tangible way. God did just that and Roy accepted Jesus into his heart, prayerfully on his knees in a hotel room one night on a business trip. To him, this commitment was the most meaningful milestone of his life and the one he wanted us to focus on as we celebrate his life. To Roy, knowing Jesus and His endless grace, mercy, and forgiveness was the greatest gift. From that day forward, he lived with a one goal, to be Jesus’ hands and feet in the lives of everyone he knew. He and Jan became prayer warriors together and spent considerable time praying nightly, by name, for anyone facing challenges.
In Calgary, Roy and Jan made the most beautiful friends at First Alliance Church, who became family. Roy led bible study for their life group over the last fifteen years, and he poured himself into the bible and research, to develop a deeper understanding of God’s word and to further support the study lessons he led.
A hardworking, generous, humble, and kind human being, Roy strived to live for an audience of one…our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He will be dearly missed and always remembered by his family and treasured friends.
Roy’s Celebration of Life service will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Harvest Room at the Church. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Roy’s service streamed live (see below) on the day of the service. For those who are unable to view live, a recording of the service will be posted. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
If friends so desire, in honor of Roy’s memory, memorial tributes may be made directly to Roy’s favorite charities; the Christian and Missionary Alliance Canada (thealliancecanada.ca), the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319, www.theseed.ca, or Samaritan’s Purse – Canada, 20 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5H5 Telephone 1 (800) 663-6500 www.samaritanspurse.ca.
In living memory of Roy Legge, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.
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