OBITUARY

Edwin Roy Vollinger

May 1, 1942June 3, 2020

Dearly beloved Roy passed away after enduring a six month stay in hospital. He somehow managed to retain his sense of humour and optimistic outlook throughout it all.

Roy was an extrovert and so loved interacting with others. It seemed that everywhere he went he knew someone and if there were no old friends present he soon made new ones.

His first job was as a concrete inspector with the Dept. of Highways. He was always proud to say that the Royal BC Museum was still standing due to his work upon that site. Roy also worked with Seagram’s and Granville Island Brewery. He enjoyed both jobs as they involved seeing many people on a daily basis. The YMCA was his downtown office and living room. He had many friends there.

Roy coached football for many seasons. He started in his early twenties and was involved with the Mt. Doug Rams for the last few years. He was instrumental in organizing community football. In 1987 Roy created the Victoria Spartans Football team and went on to organize more than 400 boys aged 8 to 18 in to 13 teams. Over the years many of those players have been awarded athletic scholarships and some have gone on to play pro football. In 2012 he received the Orange Helmet Builders award that is sponsored by the BC Lions. Roy always said that the most enjoyable things about football coaching were the camaraderie and “the great kids”.

Roy was very supportive of charities for animals. He often donated to Wild Arc, Fur Bearer Defenders and Northern Lights Bear Rescue. If you wish to, send a donation to any animal charity in his memory. Roy is survived by his wife Llynda, sister-in-law Pat, brother-in-law Paul, brother-in-law Dan, nieces Korrina (Mark), Shanda (Stephan), Lise (Shawn), great nieces Olivia and Rowan, great nephew Keaton.

There are so many good friends who have been so kind during these past six months. Thank you to the Friday night dinner group who Roy rounded up for each week’s gastronomic experience.

Roy is missed so very much. There are no words to say how much. Roy brought smiles into our lives and so we will always remember him that way.

Hopefully there will come a time when we can gather together to celebrate Roy.

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Ron Mitchell

June 5, 2021

I met Roy when we both worked at Seagram's in the 80's. HE WAS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY!
He could sell ice to Eskimos.
And we caught up in the 90's when we lived in Victoria, thoroughly enjoying his and Llynda's company on many occasions.
Continue to R.I.P. my friend. Mitch.

Bob Mueller

June 4, 2021

A reminder today of a wonderful guy. Roy, the coach, was a lifelong mentor and a constant friend. He taught all of us leadership by his example, and his huge personality inspired me personally in so many ways. I hope you're doing 'dat thing dat you do' Roy where ever you are. Taken a few years ago, the picture below shows the coach with me (60 yrs) in my Dick Butkus uniform playing a pick-up game of tackle football with my boys. Ever the supportive coach, he laughed and said, "Don't throw the ball (you guys aren't good enough) - run the damn @#$% thing! Followed by a big boisterous laugh! With love and eternal respect.

Dave Fletcher

June 3, 2021

Roy was the best football couch I ever had. We went 9-0 in my first season, Roy had us in his version of boot camp, he taught me to have work ethic and helped me push myself to my limit.
I played QB and scored 5 touchdown in the Island final, we were winning 60-0 at half time and Roy put in all the second string and the final was 81-21.
Roy was the best role model I ever had and I smile every time I hear his name 😁😁😁

Mike Holt

June 3, 2021

Hi, for some strange reason I remember Roy’s “ ooh, ooh ,ooh” as he moved in his unique way to spike or dig a volleyball! Miss you buddy big time, Mike😄🙏🏻❤️

Bruce Morrison

June 30, 2020

I would like everyone to know that Roy gave me the best times in my life. He was my best friend and we enjoyed working together with all our Seagram buddies. We loved our jobs and were given the opportunity to entertain the troops. I was responsible for getting him ready for every major event. The time and location of the meeting, wearing the same colour sox and putting on the best Windsor knot that a man could wear. He was funny, talented, honest, likeable and the best salesman that I ever met.He was like a brother to me, and will be dearly missed by all the people that had the privilege of knowing him. All my tears will make me think of all the good times had together. Llynda, he loved you so much and was so proud of you.I also know that you were so proud all the accomplishments he gave you through your married life together. God Bless. Bruce

Steven Maccarthy

June 17, 2020

Roy has left the room far too early as is so often the case with the "good ones". His inimitable friendship, wit and edge-stepping humor will be missed beyond words and particularly by his numerous pals at the Victoria Y. A wonderful fellow whose big shoes will never be filled--keep the backfield in motion until we make the team!

Doris and Bruce Johns

June 16, 2020

Llynda, we are so sad to see the news of Roy's passing, and send our deepest condolences. He leaves us many happy memories, great stories, and laughs - oh boy could he make us laugh. His energy was high and his demeanor happy. He truly was one of a kind and it is an honour to have known him.

Thank you for the memories Roy!!

John and Marilyn Bate

June 15, 2020

Roy Vollinger was a "class" guy. He was always a cheerful and happy man. He was always more interested in you,and your health than his. He enjoyed life to it's fullest and also all the friends he met along the way. Roy will be missed by his happy smile and good humor along the way. Our sincere sympathy to Llynda and all the family.
Most sincerely,
John and Marilyn Bate.

Maureen Mitchell

June 14, 2020

Dear Mrs. Vollinger,

So sorry to learn of your husband’s passing. Both my parents, Pat and Austin Mitchell spoke very highly of him. May all your cherished memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Jack Trueman

June 13, 2020

Roy and I were very close childhood friends at Monterey Elementary School. Unfortunately we drifted apart when we went to different high schools but I have always remembered many of our adventures and I've followed his adventures as a football coach and his involvement with the Victoria Symphony. I did run into him a few times throughout our adult years and we always had fun reminiscing. He was a lot of fun and will be greatly missed.
My condolences to his family and all his friends.
Best wishes,
Jack Trueman.

FROM THE FAMILY