We describe Royce as a self-made character. With a shortened education and charisma, he began his career in sales. Starting out as a pantyhose salesman, where he coined his famous line, “if you let me help you try on the first pair, the second pair is free”. Hard work with a minimum of two hour lunches, he made his way to senior management in the convenience wholesale industry.
Management at his top five restaurants have called an emergency meeting to brace for the impact of lost revenue: Rae & Jerry’s, Luda’s, Red Top, Salisbury House and Lee’s on DeVries. Jason, at Gauthier Cadillac, should now see an increase in profits as the negotiations have come to an end.
Royce could not go anywhere without running into someone that he knew or hearing someone call out “Roycie” from across the room. Royce’s true passion was his collection of fast vehicles which began with snowmobiles, motorcycles and his pride and joy, his 56 Chevy Big Block. With his need for speed we were amazed there was never any Driver’s Safety Courses mandated. Be lucky you never ran out of gas when Royce was a passenger, because he Wasn’t Pushing!
Royce stockpiled enough Canadian Tire oil and Blue Thunder windshield washer fluid so that Sharon can now start her own drive through “30 Minute or it’s Free” oil change service.
Royce could never survive as a Great White Hunter. He always came home with a lot less ammo, new jokes and an appetite for a home cooked meal including dessert.
His favorite Saturday morning stop was at ACE Auto Electric spending time with his buddies, changing oil in his or his granddaughter’s vehicles. If he wasn’t changing oil, he was giving his two cents about how the business should be run. But regardless of why he was there, the visits always ended with lunch.
Royce’s laughter, smile and wit will be cherished in the hearts of Ryan and Keri, Andrea and Tom; granddaughters Emily, Sarah, Kara, and Cailin; along with Cooper, Gracie and Sophie.
Sharon is thankful for and will cherish the 52 WONDERFUL GLORIOUS YEARS.
Survived by younger sister Debbie and predeceased by older sister Irene.
Dear extended family and friends will hold Royce close in their hearts.
Stay tuned for a Celebration of Life planned for spring/summer of 2022, you won’t want to miss it!
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