Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre

1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, ON


Roy Fuller Paterson

April 2, 1925November 18, 2019

Paterson, Roy Fuller, born April 2, 1925 in Luseland, Saskatchewan and died November 18, 2019 in Windsor, Ontario. Loving husband of the late Orpha (nee Matheson), with whom he celebrated 63 years of marriage. Son of the late Alice Mabel (Fuller) and Oliver Mowat Paterson. Predeceased by siblings Agnes, Hazel, Jack, Laura and Bob. Survived by brother Keith and sister Alice, sisters-in-law Florence, Nancy, and Mary, and brother-in-law Al Price.

Father of Jill, Doug (Mary Anne), Scott (Wendy) and Linda Paterson; Nancy Latimer (late Michael) and Donna Marentette (Ray). Will be greatly missed by grandchildren Steve Field (Brandi Balanowski), Emily Racioppa (Mark); Amanda Tuckerman (Mike), Meagan Millar (Jeff), Pamela Wilson (Brendan); Bradley (Chaslyn), Kimberley (Luke Gregoire), and Ian (Clea Endres) Paterson; Heather (Tim Wright) and Cathy Paton (Phil Schofer); Curtis (Katy), Craig (Sarah), Russell (Connie), and Cameron (Michelle) Latimer; Chris (Tara), Mark (Alice), and Adam Knight and Angela Knight Burnie (Adam); Erica, Monica (Benjamin Wright), Jessica (Phil Lajoie), and Veronica (Sean Tabares) Champagne; Genevieve and Christopher Marentette, and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

After graduating from Sandwich Collegiate Roy served overseas in the First Canadian Army for two years. He graduated from the Ontario College of Pharmacy in 1951 and took over Paterson’s Pharmacies when his father passed away suddenly. He served as President when Big V Pharmacies was created in 1962.

After retirement Roy fulfilled a lifelong dream and learned to fly, becoming active in the Windsor Flying Club and the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association and making many flights to Alaska and elsewhere in his plane CGPTV. He was also active on the board of the Riverwoods Plantation Resort in Estero, Florida where he spent many happy winters with Orpha. At the same time, Roy took real delight in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and brought the family together frequently for a week at Fern Resort.

Many thanks are due to Karen Drouillard for her care and companionship over the past six years. Thanks are also due to Juanelle Boussey and Jennifer Cox from Bayshore Home Health, and Dr. Yap and the Acute Stroke Unit team at Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus, for making it possible for Roy to pass away in the home he loved.

Visitation Friday, November 22 from 7–9pm and visitation will continue on Saturday, November 23 at 1pm until the time of service at 2pm at the Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre, 1969 Wyandotte Street East,(519-252-5711). Casual attire is encouraged. Please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Society of Windsor-Essex County in memory of Orpha. Online condolences and cherished memories may be shared with the family at www.walterdkellyfuneralhome.com

It is hard to say goodbye to anyone. But harder when that person has been your brother for 92 years. Roy and I have played together, worked together, agreed and disagreed. But Roy was always there for you. I have always said that Roy has saved my life more then once. At the age of 5 or 6, I was being bullied by an older boy. Yes, we had bullies that long ago. It stopped the first time Roy found out. Later, when I was running a not-for-profit variety store, a visit for Roy with an offer to buy me out, and give me a job with Big V, took all of 2 seconds to say yes. Roy had once again saved me from disaster. Well, Roy, when we meet again I am sure you will be there to steer me in the right direction. Love Keith


  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2019


Roy Fuller Paterson

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November 30, 2019

Nancy, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. I have fond memories of Roy going way back to my first year with Big V when Roy was working on the first Big V pharmacy computer system with John Krukowski at McAuley Big V in Hamilton. Roy was a mentor to me and helped me get elected to Big V's board of directors. Your dad was a legend with Big V.
Due to previous commitments, we were not able to get to Windsor for the services. We will be donating to the Alzheimer Society in memory of Orpha as requested by Roy.
Dennis and Bernadette Martin

Marg Baker

November 24, 2019

Sincere sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your Dad.
Marg (Stewart) Baker

Nil Parent

November 22, 2019

Donna, sincerest condolences on the the passing of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this most difficult time.

Margaret and Nil Parent

Susan Hadden-Ion

November 21, 2019

In memory of your Dad, who made this world a brighter and better place. I have many good memories from 45 years ago of our good neighbors next door. My deepest sympathies, Susan Hadden-Ion

Monica Champagne

November 20, 2019

When I was really little, Grandpa was swimming with us in his pool, and after the swim he was feeling a little uncomfortable. He reached into his swimsuit, pulled out a big black ant and said, "Oh, well I guess I really do have ants in my pants!"

Seven-year-old me nearly died of laughter and made that my to go story at school for the next year. "Guys! My grandpa really DID have ants in his pants!!"


Lajoie Michel

November 19, 2019

Michel et Ginette Lajoie père de Philippe, désirons offrir nos sympathies à la famille.

Diane Lajoie

November 19, 2019

Le message est pour Donna nous vous offrons nos plus sincère condoléance nos pensées sont avec vous en cette dure épreuve de la part de Marie Paule Mc Nicoll grand mère de Philippe LAjoie et famille LAjoie Hebertville lac st jean