Stover, Archie “Roy”
Peacefully passed away at University Hospital, London on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Roy was born in Stouffville, 92 years ago, a son of the late Archibald and Ida Stover (nee Mowder). Beloved husband of Ruth Stover (nee Scrimgeour) of London for over 70 years. Loving father of Trudy Gratto (Bob) of London, Tim Stover (Susan Prophet) of Oakville, Perry Stover (Sandra) of Thorndale, and chosen daughter Brenda Pelletier (Ed) of Brampton. His 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren will all miss their gentle, wise “Papa”. Roy will also be lovingly remembered by his devoted sister Barbra Grigat (Wayne Dietrich) of Milverton and sisters-in-law Helen Brenneman, Katherine Kipfer and Grace Tuer, as well as the rest of the Scrimgeour family. He was predeceased by brother Barry Stover (Marilyn) and sisters Ruth Davidson (Mel) and Carol Stover in infancy.
Roy believed success was “the quiet accumulation of small triumphs”. As a First Canadian Paratrooper, swimming instructor, baker, potter, ham radio operator, avid gardener, faithful walker, nature lover, enthusiastic reader, world traveller, keen historian and dedicated volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels and Siloam United Church, Roy had an insatiable curiosity about the world and about people. However, his greatest passion was capturing the genealogical history and life stories of himself and his extended family through extensive writings and building of family trees. Roy made it clear to all that the single most important thing in life was family. This simple sentiment from “The Simple Soldier” himself is Roy’s greatest legacy and will live on forever through his loved ones.
A celebration of Roy’s life will be held on Saturday, June 16th between 1 and 4 pm at Siloam United Church (1240 Fanshawe Park Rd. E., London).
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 565 or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Cheques accepted at Mark Jutzi Funeral Home (7 Spencer St., Milverton, Ontario, N0K 1M0, 519-595-8203). Online condolence and memorial tribute information at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca