In Celebration of

Royston John Wheeler

January 13, 1936 -  February 11, 2023

Royston passed away peacefully at Manoir Beaconsfield at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Bergen Wheeler, a son William of Quesnel, BC, a daughter Susan of Victoria, BC and granddaughter Alicia of Victoria, BC. He is predeceased by his brother and sister.

Royston was born in Stony Stratford, County Buckingham in England. He was educated in England. His first job was working for The Plessy Company. He started as a trainee in 1952 and went on to a high degree of proficiency originating designs and drawings. While working he continued his education and became a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers as well as his Ordinary National Certificate in electrical engineering. He was encouraged by a very dear friend to come to Canada and in 1959 he emigrated to St Vital, Manitoba. He joined the Dominion Bridge Company where he worked until it’s closure in the late 1990’s. He was very proud of this company and their many successful projects. Dominion Bridge during his years of employment specialized in the fabrication of steel structures for skyscrapers and bridges and was associated with the construction of many major steel bridges and buildings throughout Canada and internationally. He enjoyed working for Dominion Bridge and it was a very sad day for him when Dominion Bridge closed.

Roy and his family moved from Manitoba to Beaconsfield in the late 1960’s where they lived until 1979. Then, Dominion Bridge chose Roy as a Planning Officer for a project in Argentina, South America and he was employed there for a period of 3 years. Upon their return Roy and his family settled in Senneville. After the closure of Dominion Bridge, Roy enjoyed volunteering in Senneville. He worked with Town Council to keep taxes low and had a passion to see Senneville stay green. In 2018, health issues meant a move to Manoir Beaconsfield, a CHSLD care home. A special thank you to the staff of Manoir Beaconsfield who cared for Roy with kindness and compassion.

Roy and his wife Helen in their mid-fifties spent several summers studying the maps of Algonguin Park and doing some rather awesome canoe tripping. As a hobby, Roy liked to work with wood, enjoyed repairing everything and looked forward every spring to planting his tomato seeds, watching them grow and waiting for the harvest.

Celebration of Life
Belvedere Funeral Complex, 22025 Trans-Canada Highway, Senneville, QC H9X 0B2
Monday, May 15th at 11 am – 12 pm.

Monday, May 15th from 12 pm- 2pm
A buffet lunch will be served following the Memorial Service granting opportunity for guests to visit and chat with Roy’s wife, Helen.


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Nicki Ayoub (Friend)

Entered April 28, 2023 from Beaconsfield

My sincerest condolences to Helen and her family.

Martin Gauthier (Neighbour)

Entered May 8, 2023 from Senneville

I am sad to hear about Roy’s passing. He was the first Sennevillian to greet me when I moved with my family next door to him on Elmwood Avenue in 2006. He often talked to me about his passion to keep Senneville green and I gladly followed in his steps to protect our green spaces, notably the Triangle which lies beyond our respective backyards. I remember well his wanting to stay in Senneville, even after a stroke somewhat incapacited him. I hope he found peace after moving to a home in Beaconsfield. RIP Roy.

Jane Guest (Friend)

Entered May 8, 2023 from Senneville

Dear Helen and family,
Patrick and I are out of the country so will not be able to attend the memorial for Roy.
We send our sincerest condolences to you .
He was a fine man and very devoted to our Senneville community which was very clear by his participation at council meetings and his actions.
Our thoughts are with you.
Jane and Patrick Guest

Susan Wheeler (Daughter)

Entered May 14, 2023 from Victoria BC

Wish I could be there in person but I will be in spirit. Will be watching on FUNERWEB as will Alicia. I’m sure it will be a lovely service.
RIP Dad. I Love You 😘

Alicia Harrison (Granddaughter)

Entered May 14, 2023 from Victoria, BC

Hi Grandma,
I really wish I could be there in person sitting with you at Grandpa’s service, but like mom already said I’ll be there in spirit watching online thinking of you. All the love, hugs and prayers your way. It’ll be a beautiful service to remember the wonderful life he lived.
Fly high Grandpa 🤍🤍 I love you both!


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