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Roger Jacques Tremblay

November 10, 1932 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Roger Tremblay Obituary

Roger passed away peacefully on December 26 in Jasper, Alberta at the age of 91. He will be remembered by many strolling around town wearing his characteristic beret.

He was born and raised in northern Ontario, the sixth of 7 children, one of “The Four Boys”. He spent some of his early life in the bush, his father was a fire lookout in summer and the family of 9 would canoe to the site and spend the season living out of 2 wall tents. He began what was to become a very long list of jobs at the age of 13. He completed military service from 1951-54, stationed in Germany. Roger met Barbara in Sudbury, Ontario, were married in 1957 and had 4 children. The family moved out west by train to BC in 1966 to be part of the developing ski scene at Whistler Mountain. Later, there was a move north to Stewart, BC where he worked with the avalanche control program on winter roads and patrolled the Portland Canal for Department of Fisheries and Oceans in summer on his 36 foot converted fishing boat, Shamah. In 1976 there was another family move south to Nelson BC and there they stayed for 30 years. Roger and Barbara enjoyed travelling to destinations including Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Central America. After retirement, Roger went on to his second act running the Tin Cup Café in Sandon, BC, working at lodges along the Alaska Highway and for BC Parks. After Barbara’s passing in 2004, he spent some time on the prairies in Saskatchewan, and then made his last move to Jasper in 2010 to be with family and back to the mountains.

He was very active for all of his life, hiking, paddling and skiing. He contended that the secret to a long and healthy life was to keep moving. In 1981 he embarked on a walk across Canada, a 6 month journey from Prince Rupert BC to Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland. He was a reader of books, a birdwatcher, a collector of interesting things, successful vegetable gardener, prize winning pie baker and stained glass artisan. He was a documenter, kept detailed diaries, knew how many books he had read, had a list of every job he had done since 1945 and had a bird life list. He went to airports to watch aircraft take off and land and was also a train watcher, counting the number of cars. When he decided he was done with winter, he began to spend those months in warm destinations including Mexico, Costa Rica, Portugal, Arizona, and Australia.

Roger enjoyed spending his final years in Jasper. He was comfortable living at Pine Grove Manor, walking the streets and trails and riding his biking, enjoying the restaurants and frequenting DJ’s liquor store.

The family would like to thank Homecare for their kindness, care and patience; staff at Alpine Summit for making him comfortable after his move from Pine Grove; and nursing staff and doctors for their care of Roger at Seton during his short stay.

At Rogers’s request, there will be no service. Cremation has taken place and ashes will be scattered at a later date.

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