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Roy Douglas Warkentin

October 23, 1947 - August 27, 2023


We sadly announce the passing of Roy Warkentin on August 27, 2023 at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. Roy was born October 23, 1947 in Matsqui Cottage Hospital, the fourth son of Peter George and Helen Warkentin.

Roy is survived by his wife of 54 years, Margaret, son David; brothers, Don (Carol) Warkentin and Tom (Lois) Warkentin; and numerous nieces, nephews and other members of his extended family. Roy was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Helen and his oldest brother, Bob Warkentin several years ago.

Roy lived his entire life in Abbotsford and was well known in the community as a co-owner/manager of Fraser Way Esso, a service station which became a family business in 1956. Roy began his working life at a young age as a mechanic helping his dad. Being around vehicles sparked his life-long passion for big motors and fast cars. During his working years and even after retirement, Roy would set out on his early morning walks around the Abbotsford Auto Mall while he dreamed of his brand new hot rod. He fulfilled that dream in 2022.

During earlier years, Roy, Marg and David had great camping adventures with friends in campsites all over the province. These trips always included water and boats.

Many will remember Roy as a kind and generous person who lent his ear to morning customers at the service station. Roy and several buddies often met for coffee, sometimes breakfast, during which time they solved the world’s problems. Roy also loved a good laugh and he really looked forward to Wednesday lunches at Rivers Restaurant with his close friend, Roger.

In later years until the present, the family enjoyed immensely wonderful summer days at the Harrison Lake cottage with their cherished lake friends and neighbours who became their other extended family. Still an early morning person, Roy loved to soak up peaceful moments with his coffee on the deck, quietly listening to the sounds of the lapping water and the birds singing while everyone else still slept.

We give special thanks to the medical team at Royal Columbian Hospital for giving Roy every chance to live.

Fly with the angels, Roy, your new journey has just begun!

We invite you to help us celebrate Roy’s life on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 11:00 a.m., at the Clarion Hotel, 36035 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford.    We respectfully request that you not send flowers and we do encourage you to donate to the Kent Harrison Search and Rescue, in Roy’s memory. You may etransfer your donation to info@khsar.com or send a cheque to Kent Harrison Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 747, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0.


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From: Barb Hull
Relation: Family friend

I had the privilege to work along side of Roy. We would always joke about it was not work, because we always had so much fun. Your laugh, your smile ,your love of hot rods and your stories about life in general will be missed. I will always remember your corny joke about Fly days. Marg says fly with the angels or as I like to think your racing in your ultimate hot rod.

From: David Warkentin
Relation: Son

Thank-you for everything you have done for me in my life, it was always greatly appreciated. Best dad ever. You will be sadly missed. I love you dad !!!

From: (Mrs,) Hilda C. Stonoski
Relation: My Son Darren went to school with Dave and knew the family for many years.

Dear Dave and Marg, please accept my sincerest sympathy in the loss of your beloved
Dad and husband. I pray that our loving God will comfort you at this sad time and give
you strength to endure your loss. Darren emailed Roy’s Obituary to me this morning.
Yours in friendship, (Mrs.) Hilda Stonoski

From: Linda Treliving

Dear Margaret and David. With my deepest sympathy of the passing of your husband and father.

From: Rob and Trina Lemoignan

Our heart felt condolences to Marg and Dave. We always enjoyed chatting with him at the gas station and I will miss arguing with him over the price of vehicles..

From: Katie Willms
Relation: Friend of the family

So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I will always remember him keeping those wash bays immaculate. Very soft spoken and a truly amazing individual.
Rest easy Roy. Condolences to you Margaret and David. He will be missed.

From: Ken Hansen
Relation: Worked together, became a regular customer.

I worked with Roy back when I was in high school at Vic’s Esso in downtown Abbotsford. When Roy and Margaret took over Fraser Way Esso I’d make a point of driving to the other end of town to gas up and wash my car at their station.
Roy was one of the steady good guys and I’ll always remember him with fondness and great respect.
My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of a truly wonderful person.

From: maryanne crawford
Relation: from many years of filling up at Fraserway Esso

Both Peter Brandes and I would like to express our sincerest condolences on your loss..
Roy was an amazing guy, was quick to say Hello as you came in the door and always had a great smile to go along with it…he truly seemed to love his job and the customers he had throughout the years, it was always a pleasure to chat with him….it has been awhile since we have seen him , with retirement and all but he will always be remembered fondly…

From: Sharon Dyck
Relation: Uncle

I remember visiting Uncle Roy and Aunt Marg at the Esso station. I must have been about 10 years old. Uncle Roy was watching the noon hour news on a TV in the back, and some politics came on, and I declared (without even knowing what it meant) that I was a Democrat. Uncle Roy, with an amused look on his face, said “Oh, NDP?” and I was like, “Um, yeah, sure.” I had no clue what they were talking about on the TV. Uncle Roy just humoured me. He was just really patient and kind. We always had a lot of family gatherings, so I feel I grew up with him and all the aunts and uncles. Watching them play games and listening to them argue about politics and sports. A very important part of my childhood and youth. My condolences to Aunt Marg and Cousin David. Uncle Roy will be greatly missed.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
September 27, 2023
Beginning at 11:00am

Clarion Hotel
36035 North Parallel Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

36035 North Parallel Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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We respectfully request that you not send flowers and we do encourage you to donate to the Kent Harrison Search and Rescue, in Roy’s memory. You may etransfer your donation to info@khsar.com or send a cheque to Kent Harrison Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 747, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A0.

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