A resident of Morrisburg for the past 46 years, Roy Guse passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. He was in his 80th year.
Roy Clifford Guse was born on December 14, 1933, in Desboro, Ontario, one of seven children born to William and Minnie Guse. Roy had five brothers, Arnold, Leonard, Ross, Earl and Charles, and a sister Doreen.
Roy began his career working on the big freighters that navigate the Great Lakes. In 1957, he attended the Police Academy in Toronto, and upon graduating he was assigned to serve a one year position in Morrisburg.
Meanwhile, back in Owen Sound, Roy’s fiancée Cathy Warmington awaited the day the two would marry and be able to be together. The joyful couple exchanged wedding vows on May 14, 1960, and were happily married for over 53 wonderful years.
Roy and Cathy were blessed with two daughters Bonnie and Carol Ann.
Roy’s life revolved around his family and his work as a police officer. The one year assignment turned into a 34 year tenure with the Morrisburg detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, serving this community faithfully from April 1958, until his retirement from the force in December 1992.
Roy was member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where he served as a Church Councillor.
During his life in Morrisburg, Roy was a member of the Masonic Lodge, coached minor hockey, was a member as well as served as president of the Morrisburg Golf Club, and still had time to enjoy his hobbies: golfing, woodworking and travelling.
During their wonderful marriage, Roy and Cathy journeyed to Florida, Nashville, Vancouver and even took a Caribbean Cruise.
Roy will be remembered and celebrated as an honourable man, straightforward, honest and ever so patient, a loyal husband, father, grandpa, a dedicated and hardworking colleague, a caring friend and above all loving.
Roy is survived by his wife Cathy, his daughters Bonnie Van Moorsel (David) of Morrisburg and Carol Ann Byvelds (Jim) of Chesterville and his siblings Earl (Patricia) of Wiarton, Charles (Naomi) of Guelph and Doreen Stroeder of Mount Forest.
Roy will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by grandchildren Andrew Van Moorsel (Becky), Stephanie Dafoe (Brody), Matthew Van Moorsel (Marcie), Dan Byvelds (Jennifer), Joshua Byvelds (Maggie) and by his great-grandchildren Peyton and Maddison.
He was a dear brother-in-law of Marjorie Guse of Owen Sound, and he is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Roy was predeceased by his brothers Arnold, Leonard and Ross, his brother-in-law Robert Fenton and his sisters-in-law Joan Guse, Wilma Fenton and Angela Guse.
Roy’s many friends, family and colleagues called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, November 29. A Masonic Memorial Service was held on Friday evening, and the funeral service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Riverside Heights, on Saturday, November 30th, with Rev. Jo Barkley-Probst officiating.
Cremation followed. Inurnment of cremated remains will be at Iroquois Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Roy’s grandchildren Andrew VanMoorsel, Matthew VanMoorsel, Stephanie Byvelds, Joshua Byvelds, Dan Byvelds and Brody Dafoe. Honorary pallbearers were retired police officers who worked with Roy; Frank Albert, Bill Renshaw, Lee McCaslin, Fred Langlotz.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or C.H.E.O. would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.