Roland Asselin passed away peacefully at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont. on Saturday, Oct 20, 2007.
Roland was born April 3, 1926 in Pinewood, Ont.
He was predeceased by his parents, Albertine and David Asselin; brothers, Dona, Edward, and Alcid; and sisters, Lola and Rose.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Joyce (Melvin Lowe), Marilyn (Joe Hnatiuk), David, Rhonda (Marc Tetreault), and Duane.
“Grampa” will be fondly remembered by Christine, Tracey, and Eric Lowe, David Byrnes, Megan Asselin, Jordan and Darren Tetreault, and Ryan Kuzmych. He also leaves eight great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by his sister, Irene (Al) Lougheed, and brothers, Rene (Bev) of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Leo (Rose) of Saskatoon, Sask., and their families.
Roland was raised in Sleeman, Ont. He was a young recruit with the Merchant Marines and the army from the spring of 1944 to 1946, but did not see active service.
He married Lillian Rodegard in 1948 and took over the mail service route from his father shortly after. He delivered mail in Sleeman and the surrounding areas for 40 years, retiring on Dec. 31, 1988.
Roland also operated a local taxi service that focused on the Morson area. From the locals to the American tourists, longtime friendships developed from these excursions.
Roland was active in the community, serving as reeve of Sleeman for many years, and was an honourary life-time member of the Knights of Columbus.
His work never allowed much time for vacations, though he did enjoy his trips to visit family in Sioux Narrows, Thunder Bay, Duluth, and Thief River Falls. He loved music, dancing, puttering outdoors, and hunting.
Declining health forced him to sell his homestead in Sleeman. He moved to Rainy River in 2002, and in the spring of 2003 entered the Rainy River Health Centre.
A funeral mass was held Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood. Fr. Dan Debano officiated.
Internment followed at the Pinewood Catholic cemetery.
Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Rainy River Health Centre or to the Alzheimer Society.
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