J. Roy Hastings
1919 – 2013

J. Roy Hastings died peacefully on Sun., Oct. 13, 2013 at the Brockville General Hospital, Charles Street Site surrounded by his family. He was 94.
He was the beloved husband of Judy Hastings and the late Jean Cameron Hastings. He was the treasured father of the late Paul (Liz), dear little William (deceased), Bob (Gail), Don, and Mary (John). He was the fantastic stepdad to Greg (Ann), Wendy (Alan), Michael (Jennine), and Rebecca (John). He was adored by granddaughters, Julie (Darin), Shannon (Dean), Katie, Theresa, Avalon (Kai), and Caitlin, and grandsons, John (Jen), Matthew, Andrew (Marissa), Ted, Bill (Krisianna), Joe, Duncan, Alaric, Nathaniel, Samuel, William Roy, Harrison, Alex, and Lochlan, and by eight great-grandchildren.
He was born and raised in the farming community of Hallville. He began pitching ball in the adult league at age 14. He began his teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse and came to Brockville with wife Jean in 1948 to introduce physical education to the elementary schools. In 1954, he became the first principal of the newly built Westminster School. During the Brockville years, he was also the superintendant of the Wall Street United Church Sunday School, and oversaw the Brockville children’s playgrounds.
Roy studied education at Queen’s University in Kingston and at the University of Toronto. Later in his career, he was invited to become a master at the Ottawa Teacher’s College. While there, he revised the practice teaching system, and became a professor with the new faculty of education at the University of Ottawa. After retirement, Roy served as an elected member of the Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry School Board for 11 years, and would become its chairman. He began his second retirement in 1991. Throughout all his years, his main concern was the health and welfare of children and young adults.
Donations can be made to a charity of your choice that supports youth, sport, and education.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the ER, 2nd Floor ward, and the ICU at the BGH, especially Dr. Moudgil, ICU Nurse Meagan Smith, Dr. Hansen, and Dr. Bowman, for the care provided to both Roy and his family.
Friends visited at the Brown Chapel of Hulse, Playfair, & McGarry in Kemptville on Sat., Oct. 19 from 11 am until the time of the funeral service in the chapel at 1 pm followed by interment at South Gower Cemetery.
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