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Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home

45865 Hocking Ave, Chilliwack, BC

OBITUARY

Roy George Chaplin

September 5, 1958January 15, 2020

Roy George Chaplin was born on September 5, 1958 and passed away on January 15, 2020.

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Glenda Robertson

January 26, 2020

Roy was my " baby" cousin. His mom was my dad's sister - the Scottish side of the family. I spent a lot of my childhood visiting my " country cousins " in Surrey - I grew up in Vancouver.

I was 7 when Roy was born and I remember it well. His sister Cathy and I picked dandelions for my aunt but we couldn't visit her in the small Langley hospital ( no kids allowed ) so we waved from outside the window. I remember feeding him when he was a little older and I remember when he was learning to walk. Our families spent every Christmas and New Years day together for years.

As adults we would reconnect occasionally and it wasn't until the latter years that we would keep in touch via email. Roy would share his photos with me and they were always great. He reminded me a lot of my brother John, who died in 1996 ,
both physically ( they were both tall and lean ) and with his wit, humor and intelligence.

I'm thankful of the time I had with him and for all the memories . And I'm glad he's at peace with the rest of the family who went before him.

Love you Roy
Glenda

Cathie Frezell

January 25, 2020

Roy was my little brother, the baby of our family. Our lives took different paths for many years and we were separated by geography. We kept in touch, visited when we could and we had some fun family vacations at East Barriere Lake.
It was during the past year when Roy was struggling with his failing health that we truly reconnected. It was heartwarming to meet Roy’s friends, to hear their stories and shared laughter. He had a wicked sense of humour. He had life long friendships. It was obvious that the Camera Club was a huge part of his life . Other friendships clearly related to his love of dogs, his beloved Shelties while others were connected through his computer technical skills. He was loved.
I miss him so. He may be gone from this earth but he will never be gone from my heart. RIP Roy 💔

Chilliwack Camera Club

January 20, 2020

Some of our Chilliwack Camera Club members sent in some thoughts about Roy that we thought would be good to share, as Roy was such a huge part of the club for so many years, and was a valued friend to many of us.

Mal wrote: "Roy was definitely one of the true good guys and I will sure miss his wit and calmness at all our meetings and events."

Kristi wrote: "My deepest condolences to all of you who knew him well and to his sister. I always enjoyed visiting with Roy at camera club and our meetings held at his home. He was a gentle spirit, had a great sense of humour and could be counted on to help the club and a friend in any way he could. I know how much he will be missed and I will always remember him fondly."

Dave wrote: "Roy Chaplin was a great guy. He was supportive of new members, to which I can attest personally. Roy worked tirelessly for the Chilliwack Camera Club. Roy had a great eye for images, and a knack for building wit or humour into his work. Louise's notion to do a display at the Library is spot on, and I hope we can make it happen. He will certainly be missed. "

Jason wrote: "Roy was a great guy and it goes without saying that he will be missed. "

Steve wrote: "Really saddened by the news of Roy's passing, I pray he is in a better place free of any pain and suffering, also that the lighting is perfect and his focus is spot on. "

Thanks from all of us (including those who didn't share via club email), Roy, for the memories, the encouragement, the support, and the friendship. Camera club will never be the same without you.

Blake & Pat Sylvester

January 19, 2020

Hi Roy, eventhough we just met 3 years ago we miss the bond of friendship that formed. We miss that quirky sense of humor, the quick wit and taking your nickles on romoli night
Rest in Peace dear friend until we meet again.

Shadow
Blake & Pat Sylvester

Anne Marie Horton

January 19, 2020

“ KEEP LOOKING UP.....
THAT’S THE SECRET OF LIFE.....”
Snoopy

You will always be my brother. You will always be with me. Rest well Roy

Tanya McMichael

January 17, 2020

I am so very sad for the loss of my friend Roy.
When I joined camera club, Roy made me feel welcome with his big smile and warm personality.
I remember when I finally worked up the courage to enter images for competition, I unknowingly submitted them in the wrong size. Roy being in charge of the images along with the kind hearted guy he was, was secretly fixing them and resubmitting them (I found out later)
One time when I was getting on the freeway, I saw Roy passing me in his very distinguishable blue truck. I wanted to get next to him so I could wave to him. That’s when I learned Roy had a lead foot. At the following camera club meeting I told Roy how I was trying to catch up to him but since I couldn’t he ended up being my “radar blocker” he laughed so hard at that. There’s no doubt Roy loved his dogs and I always enjoyed talking about our dogs and their antics with him. I will miss Roy so much, having coffee at his house, his big smile, warm personality, competitive nature for camera club (he was a tough one to beat) and his fantastic, sometimes warped sense of humour. I will cherish the fact he called me his friend.
My condolences to Roy’s family he has left us with wonderful memories and will be missed greatly.
“Be at peace my friend”

Tracy Friesen

January 17, 2020

I first met Roy at a Chilliwack Camera Club meeting. As an introvert, I went to the meeting reluctantly, little knowing I would form some meaningful friendships there -- including my friendship with Roy.

I quickly learned who Roy was, because, in spite of his unassuming ways, he was the heartbeat of the club. He did a thousand things for the club! I soon saw that he was a quiet guy with a good heart. -- and an off-beat and dry sense of humor.

He was warm and welcoming to newcomers in the club, and always happy to open his home to meetings or barbecues. And if I happened to bring some of his favourite blueberry coffee cake to such occasions, even better, apparently. One time after he got sick, I told him I would bring some coffee cake by. Life got the best of me and some time passed, and when I finally phoned him, he said in his straightforward, somewhat teasing way that he had a bone to pick with me: "You haven't brought me the coffee cake!" Sorry, Roy. (I did take him some in pretty short order after that!)

As I write this, I am just now realizing that one of the things I most respected about Roy was that he was so genuine. There was no pretense about him: he was exactly who he purported to be. It's a rare quality in this era. Perhaps as a result of that quality, I think people felt comfortable with him. After all, if he was genuinely himself, unapologetically, people seemed to know they could be equally real with him and be accepted by him.

He was a good friend, with a kind heart. My life was better for knowing him, and it will be emptier without him.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY