OBITUARY

Roland Humphreys Webb

September 2, 1975January 17, 2013

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the tragic loss of our beloved Roland “Rollie” Humphreys Webb. Rollie passed away suddenly in a motor vehicle accident; he died instantly and did not suffer. He is survived by his father Roland Sr., his brother Sean (Jessica and their son Linden), his two children Abbie and Ethan, and was predeceased by his mother Angela (2007). He is lovingly remembered by his partner and best friend Helena and her two sons Darwin and Andrew, his stepmother Elaine and his stepsiblings Ainsley (Charles) and Zachary (Jill) and his children’s mother, Tracey. Rollie was born in Sydney, Cape Breton. He moved to British Columbia when he was five years old and grew up in White Rock, graduating from Semiahmoo Secondary in 1993. Rollie had a lifelong love of first aid, paramedicine and emergency patient care. Rollie began volunteering with St. John Ambulance while in high school and joined the BC Ambulance at 19 as the youngest licensed paramedic in the Service. For the next 18 years he worked initially on the street, then in dispatch and in 2008 became the Superintendent of Emergency Management Services, the youngest Superintendent in the Service at that time. In this role he was deeply involved with BC Paramedic preparations for the Olympics and most recently the rapid establishment of the Mobile Medical Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital when the existing emergency facilities shut down due to flooding. In his spare time he organized and managed the medical support for the very popular annual BC Bike Race. In parallel to his career, Rollie loved the mountains and outdoor sports including hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, biking, mountaineering and rock climbing. He combined his love of the outdoors with his skills in emergency medicine, and volunteered with many local Search and Rescue organizations including Surrey, Lion’s Bay, Salt Spring Island and since 2002, with Coquitlam Search and Rescue. An excellent teacher and trainer, he worked for the Justice Institute training Dispatchers, for the Canadian Military training SAR Technicians, most of whom served in Afghanistan, taught many SAR volunteers throughout the lower mainland and taught a number of other courses for the general public. These included Automatic External Defibrillator training for employees of public facilities, stores, offices and others sites too numerous to mention. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 25 at Our Lady of The Assumption Church, 3141 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam. The Coquitlam Search & Rescue team is organizing a Celebration of Rollie’s life to be held at Buntzen Lake on Saturday, January 26 and will confirm further details via their website and at the Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider participating in a trust fund being set up for his childrens’ education.

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, January 25, 2013
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Roland Humphreys Webb

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Jason McMillan

July 11, 2013

I went to high school with Rollie. He was one of the most optimistic, kind hearted and good people that i knew then, and i imagine that he lived the rest of his life in a similar fashion. Helping people was always a priority to him. What a loss. My sincere condolences to the family and close friends. Hope your at peace Roland Webb.

Kenneth Brogan

February 8, 2013

Roland,
Just heard of your great loss through Kevan Parry. I send you my condolences to you and yours.
Ken Brogan, CCGC Class 1975

Myles Ross

February 7, 2013

Roland,
I also have just heard of your great loss. I an sending my condolences to you and yours.
CCGC, Class 1975

February 7, 2013

Kevan just informed me of your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
Robert Hadley, CCGC, Class 75

February 7, 2013

Roland Sr., I just read about your loss in Maclean's for February 11, 2013 (The end). My condolences to your family on the loss of your son.
Kevan Parry, CCGC, Class 75.

Blair & Judy Gilhen

February 7, 2013

Rollie,
My wife and I were heart broken to hear of the loss of your son. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

January 28, 2013

Dear Rollie: I have just learned of your untimely and tragic departure from us with shock and deep sense of loss. Our younger brothers should not go before us.
It seems so very long ago that you came to join me at the "tender" age of nineteen in 1993, out of the big city to a country village. We knew you were good, didn't we, but did either of us have any idea of what a star-studded career you had ahead of you or how many lives you would touch in such a positive manner?? No, I don't think it ever entered our little heads.
Rollie; I am so proud of what you have accomplished in both your career and personal life and want to thank you so very much for the opportunity to have had just a little bit of guidance and inspiration in making it come to pass.

Jim UC ret'd Stn 330

Ian Pratt

January 26, 2013

You have been my best friend for the past 5 years and have looked up to you like a brother. You will be on my mind every day and I will miss you. Rest in peace my friend.

Roy Daniels

January 25, 2013

Rest in Peace Brother
From a
40 years as paramedic in B. C.

January 24, 2013

Please accept my sympathy.
Maurice
Maurice D Smith, Kingston, Ontario.