Roy Clifford Guse, a resident of Morrisburg for the past 46 years, passed away suddenly at home on Tues., Nov. 26, 2013. He was in his 80th year.
Roy was born on Dec. 14, 1933, in Desboro, Ont., one of seven children born to William and Minnie Guse. He had five brothers – Arnold, Leonard, Ross, Earl, and Charles – and a sister, Doreen. He attended public school in Desboro and high school in Chatsworth.
He began his career working on the big freighters that navigate the Great Lakes. In 1957, he attended the police academy in Toronto, and upon graduating he was assigned to serve a one year position in Morrisburg. He moved to town and boarded with the Laurin family.
Meanwhile, back in Owen Sound, Roy’s fiancée, Cathy Warmington, awaited the day the two would marry and be able to be together. Roy made several trips back and forth from Morrisburg to Owen Sound to visit Cathy. The happy couple exchanged wedding vows on May 14, 1960, at Cathy’s church — the Alliance Tabernacle in Owen Sound. Now together in Morrisburg, Roy and Cathy were blessed with two daughters, Bonnie and Carol Ann.
Roy’s life revolved around family, and his work as a police officer. The one year assignment turned into a 34 year tenure with the Morrisburg detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, serving this community faithfully from April 1958 until his retirement from the force in December 1992.
Roy and Cathy were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church where Roy served as a church councillor and Cathy volunteered.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, coached minor hockey, was president of the Morrisburg Golf Club, and still had time to enjoy his hobbies: golfing, woodworking, and travelling. Roy and Cathy journeyed to Florida, Nashville, Vancouver, and even took a Caribbean Cruise.
Roy will be remembered and celebrated as an honest man, straightforward, and ever so patient, a loyal husband, father, grandpa, a dedicated and hardworking colleague, a caring friend, and, above all, loving.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy, his daughters, Bonnie Van Moorsel (David) of Morrisburg and Carol Ann Byvelds (Jim) of Chesterville, and his siblings, Earl (Patricia) of Wiarton, Charles (Naomi) of Guelph, and Doreen Stroeder of Mount Forest. He will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Andrew Van Moorsel (Becky), Stephanie Dafoe (Brody), Matt Van Moorsel (Marcie), Dan Byvelds (Jennifer), Joshua Byvelds (Maggie), and great-grandchildren Peyton and Maddison. He was a dear brother-in-law of Marjorie Guse of Owen Sound. He was predeceased by his brothers, Arnold, Leonard, and Ross, his brother-in-law, Robert Fenton, and his sisters-in-law, Joan Guse, Wilma Fenton, and Angela Guse. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., Nov. 29 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A Masonic Memorial Service was held in the evening on Fri., Nov. 29 at 6:30 pm. The funeral service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riverside Heights on Sat., Nov. 30 at 1 pm with Rev. Jo Barkley-Probst officiating. Inurnment of cremated remains will be at Iroquois Point Cemetery. The pallbearers were Andrew Van Moorsel, Matthew Van Moorsel, Stephanie Byvelds, Joshua Byvelds, Dan Byvelds, and Brody Dafoe. The honourary pallbearers were retired police officers who worked with Roy- Frank Albert, Bill Renshaw, Lee McCaslin, Fred Langlotz, Ralph Thompson, and Brent Mattice.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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