With sadness we announce the passing of Roy Lester O’Donnell, husband of the late Gretta O’Donnell, at his home in McNamee, NB on Saturday, August 28, 2010. Born on October 18, 1916, Roy was the son of Donald and Elwina (Storey) O’Donnell. Roy had several careers throughout his 93 years. He was a log driver with his father and grandfather; drove his own pulp truck for several years; drove a school bus for 30 years in District 18, which was District 8 when he started; and guided for four generations at Wilson’s Sporting Camps. Roy was the oldest registered guide in New Brunswick. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. Roy was a member of St. John’s Anglican Church in Carroll’s Crossing.
Roy is survived by one son, Darrell (Marina) O’Donnell of McNamee; seven grandchildren, Terry, Patricia, Kent, Bonnie, Angela, Cindy and Trevor; 12 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Kayla, Sarah, Aimee, Jennifer, Theresa, Chris, Clinten, Joey, Rodney, Shannon and Jenna; 8 great-great grandchildren, Keenan, Keira, Kayden, Kyler, Emma, Rain, Dathan and Micha; two sisters, Geraldine MacDonald and Bertha Parker, both of Fredericton; three sisters-in-law, Irma O’Donnell of New Bandon, Clara and Jean O’Donnell, both of McNamee; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and parents, Roy was predeceased by one son, Beverley and his wife Edith; two infant daughters, Annabelle and Esther; four brothers, Patrick, Basil, Donald and Victor; one sister, Isabelle “Midge”; and two brothers-in-law, Richard MacDonald and Murray Hovey.
The family would like to thank Dr. Tanya Wood; the staff of the Boiestown Clinic, Extra Mural Nurses, Darlene, Gwen, Stacy and Beth; friend and caregiver, Betty Flannigan; and neighbours, Billy and Sis for their care and support.
Visitation will take place at Miramichi Valley Funeral Home, 7681 Route 8, New Bandon, on Monday, August 30, 2010 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. A Funeral Service will be held from the funeral home on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 2 pm with Father Andrew Fraser officiating. Interment will be in St. John’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Carroll’s Crossing. For those who wish, remembrances may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice and would be appreciated by the family.