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Roland Nelson
August 17, 1927 - October 23, 2015
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<div itemprop="description">Just before 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2015, Rolly passed away peacefully at Beacon Hill Villa in Victoria, BC. He lived a long and full life of 88 years.<br /><br /><br /><br />Rolly was born in Wetaskiwin, Alberta on August 17, 1927. He was the third and middle child of Carl Hjalmer Nelson and Agnes Emelia Bjorkgren.<br /><br />Rolly grew up on a farm in central Alberta with his parents, three brothers and one sister. He later moved to Edmonton as a young adult where he met and married his wife of fifty years, Lorna Elaine West. In 1962, Rolly moved with his wife and 4 children to the remote town of Kitimat, BC. where his fifth child was born 6 years later. After living and working there for 30 years he retired to Parksville, BC in 1992.<br /><br />A carpenter by trade, there was rarely a machine, vehicle or burst pipe that Rolly couldn&rsquo;t fix. He was a &ldquo;jack-of-all trades&rdquo; and could figure out how to make anything work. He held many jobs over the course of his life but finished his career as the carpenter for the District of Kitimat. He was a fan of Buicks, trains, gadgets and kept up with modern technology including computers, the internet and cell phones.<br /><br />Rolly loved to talk and loved to eat! There was never a dull moment with him around! He had a strong sense of right and wrong; there was rarely an in-between with him. He loved to tell anyone who would listen what to do and he was usually right (especially in his mind!). &ldquo;Well, you know what you should do&hellip;&rdquo; was a common phrase that Rolly used. He welcomed everyone and loved to entertain. He related to all ages and looked forward to the arrival of every child, grandchild and great-grandchild. He was a great source of knowledge and experience and many benefited from his wisdom. <br /><br />Rolly shared a deep belief in his Saviour, Jesus Christ. He was actively involved in his church and with The Gideons. He supported the vision of The Gideons which is &ldquo;to reach our communities for Christ and to enable God's Word to be placed and at work in every country of the world, so that every person has ready access to God&rsquo;s Word, that they may come to know Jesus Christ as personal Saviour and Lord.&rdquo;<br /><br />Rolly was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Harold. He is survived by his two brothers David (Mae) and Clifton (Gerry), his sister Gweneth (Jim), his life partner, Lorna, his children Darryl (Jan), Ardath (Kellie), Douglas, Howard, Susanne and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.<br /><br />A service to honour his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC. There will be a time of visitation preceding the service from 10:00 a.m. To noon. The burial will be the following day at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens, 2347 Cedar Road, Cedar, BC. To honour his memory, donations may be made to The Gideons International in Canada, 501 Imperial Rd N, Guelph, Ontario N1H 6T9<br /><br />(519) 823-1140<br /><br /></div>