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McMurtry RoyMcMURTRY, R. Roy, OC OOnt KC LSM   - R. Roy McMurtry, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died on the evening of March 18, 2024.


Dad was a big man. In every way. His professional, political, and judicial accomplishments are well known and documented elsewhere.


To his six children he was a loving family man. He will be remembered as a jovial giant by his 12 grandchildren.


He delighted in the chaos of the frequent family gatherings, especially at our beloved cottage. While public service was his calling; painting was his passion.

He produced thousands of canvases which decorate homes across the country and have been auctioned for various charities.


He was a fiercely loyal friend and a ferociously competitive athlete. Dad was born May 31, 1932, to Elizebeth and Roland Roy McMurtry. He was predeceased by his wife, Ria Jean, to whom he was married for 66 years.


He was also predeceased by his brothers, William and John; and survived by his brother, Robert. Dad is also survived by his children, Janet, Jim, Harry, Jeannie, Erin and Michael; children-in-law, Ross, Laurie, Deborah, Patti and Chris; grandchildren, Lauren, Marlena, Aidan, David, Devin, Caillin, Thomas, Matthew, Tynan, Callie, Zoey and Kaia; and great-grandchildren, Elliot, Finn, George, Cotty and Bruce.


A Funeral Service will be held at St. James Cathedral, 106 King St. E., on Monday, March 25, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., with a Reception to follow. Please, no flowers.


If you wish to support a charity close to dad's heart, please consider Parkinson Canada (, which funds research into a disease that afflicts a son and a niece.