Roy Hansma, a resident of Winchester for the past 40 years, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Thurs., April 3, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 69.
Roy was born in Beilen, The Netherlands on Oct. 21, 1944 to his parents, Oebele and Grietje Hansma (nee Barils). He came to Canada with his parents and brothers, Hank and Obele, in 1952. He was raised on the family farm in Toyes Hill, along with his brothers (which now included Garth and Toney). They all helped their Dad on the farm.
On Oct. 26, 1963, he married Sharon Summers, and together they had two children, Dean and Shelley. For a short period, Roy and Sharon lived in Oshawa where he worked for General Motors. Roy moved his wife and son back to Toyes Hill in 1966, and they bought property from his parents (formerly known as the Joe Steele farm). Here, they milked cows, and raised pigs and chickens, and he also worked full-time at Ault Foods. Roy and Sharon gave Dean a little sister (Shelley) in 1967. Roy sold the farm in 1972, and moved to Winchester where he started working for Ted Wickers Construction Company. In the mid 70’s, Roy and Fred Lobb created H & L Construction. They worked together until Roy decided to go into business on his own, where he made a career of renovations and custom homes, with his son working alongside of him. He took great pride in his work and as a result made many friends over the years. He retired at the age of 66.
Roy and Sharon, with his brother, Garth, and wife, Ginette, were able to travel back to his birthplace of Beilen, where he hadn’t been back since coming to Canada. Being able to go back to his birthplace and visit his relatives was very special to him. He visited several countries in Europe and when he came home, he said it was a trip of a lifetime.
He was a very social person with outstanding people skills, which netted him a great number of friends. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Winchester Fire Department for 30 years, and also a member of the Lions Club. He loved sports and played many, his favourites being baseball, bowling, and darts. When he wasn’t playing himself, he enjoyed watching almost any sport on TV, especially hockey, baseball, and curling.
Roy’s love of the outdoors took him snowmobiling and four-wheeling, moose hunting with his friends in Ignace, and deer hunting with buddies in Dacre. Fishing took him to the Bay of Quinte, where he enjoyed hours of fishing so much that he bought a cottage for his family and friends to enjoy throughout the next several years.
He loved his family and friends. He was always there if they needed his help or advice, and was always ready to lend a hand. He was hard-working, honest, and loyal.
Roy was a devoted husband to his wife of 50 years, Sharon. He was a loving father to his son, Dean (Marilyn) of Heckston, and his daughter, Shelley Beaudry (Tim Barkley, and daughters Brooke and Morgan), and a loving and proud grandfather and Poppy to Chase and Ty Beaudry, all of Winchester. He was predeceased by his brother, Toney.
His friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Mon., April 7 and attended the funeral service on Tues., Apr 8 at 11 am with Rev. Christine Lowson officiating. The pallbearers were son Dean, daughter Shelley, and grandsons Chase and Ty.