We Remember

MEILLEUR, Roland Julian

June 10, 2019 — June 20, 1940

Roland passed away peacefully June 10, 2019.  He is survived by his partner Joanne; son Roland Jr (Christine) and daughter Louise; and grandchildren Joshua, Kody and Jennifer.  He was predeceased by his son Marno and grandson Lucas.

Roland was born June 20, 1940 to Ernest and Therese Meilleur in Fisher Branch, Manitoba.  Roland will be remembered for his fighting spirit.  After a devastating injury early in his career in mining, when he fell 168 ft down a mine shaft, he fought to walk again and returned to work for almost 30 more years. He went on to fight the Compensation Board when the pain from his past injuries was too much to continue working, and won. In his final days he fought a cancer diagnosis with everything he had and maintained a cheerful and positive attitude until the end. He was happy to be able to reconnect with family in his final days and very grateful for the care he received at Central Okanagan Hospice House. Some of his final advice to friends and family was to “always go to bed smiling.” Like many of his generation, Roland was a hard man to know well, but he will be remembered fondly for his unfailingly positive attitude in his final days. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences.”

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