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ROY CUDDEFORD

July 5, 1949 - August 22, 2022

With great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of exceptional husband, father and friend, Roy Cuddeford, on Monday, August 22, 2022

 

Roy was born on July 5, 1949 to Margaret and Leonard Cuddeford in Kelowna, British Columbia. He was the second born to the family, joining his older brother Donald and later joined by a sister, Cheryl. He grew up playing sports, excelling at golf, basketball, rugby and baseball. He loved to spend time outdoors, camping and working his way across northern British Columbia in the summers. In 1969 he accepted a role at Quest Metal Products, a pivotal decision that moved him from Vancouver to Winnipeg. Ignoring the harsh winters, Roy quickly bonded with his Winnipeg co-workers and it was through this connection that he met the love of his life and wife of 46 years Joan Cuddeford (née Speers). They married and settled in Charleswood in 1976 where they welcomed their son Ryan, followed by their daughter Leanne two years later.

 

Roy had a strong love of sports both as a participant and fan. He was actively involved in the Charleswood minor hockey community playing the role of manager and spending countless hours organizing hockey tournaments and working the crowd for 50/50 draws.  As an active father, Roy played a large role in his children's sporting lives, never missing a game, recital or swim meet. Routinely up before the sun, Roy would drive to early morning swim practices while always providing subtle coaching, consistent encouragement and support. He was also a supporter of the local "big time" sports in Winnipeg, having been a long-time season ticket holder to both the Bombers and Jets, even though he was a fervent Boston Bruins fan. 

 

Next to his family, his second love was Quest Metal Products where he spent 50 years being instrumental to the success of the company. He was Quest. His passion for his work and commitment to developing talent within the organization saw him play the roles of mentor, boss and friend. He took great pride in the organization and held a deep level of respect for his colleagues both in Winnipeg and across Canada. His impact to the organization and industry was immeasurable, leaving a lasting legacy and setting a standard for excellence.

 

When not working or enjoying time with his family, you'd find Roy playing baseball, routinely playing with guys half his age. He loved the game and the time spent on the diamond with his buddies.

 

Catching the travel bug later in life, he spent a lot of time exploring England, surfing in the Southwest of France, scuba diving in Egypt and hiking in Morocco. Moving his adventures airborne he took on skydiving and flying lessons.

 

Roy was thrilled when the family grew, welcoming in daughter-in-law Nadean, in 2012, and son-in-law Stefan, in 2016. Relishing his new title, he was a proud Grandpa to Alexis, Robin, Kate, Mac and Elin. He lived for his grandkids and cherished the time he spent with them, teaching them new things, reading stories and going on adventures.

 

A kind and generous man with his time and energy, Roy lived his values and treated all as equals. He made life fun, injecting his selflessness and enthusiasm into everything. He made simple things exciting and went beyond to make sure people were happy and felt special. That was his greatest gift.

 

A life cut too short, he leaves behind a lasting legacy of living life committed to your family and your passions. He will be sorrowfully missed and never forgotten. We are extremely privileged to have known him, to have loved him and be loved by him.

 

The family would like to thank the outstanding team at the Grace Hospital and Cancer Care Manitoba. The efforts of Dr. Harris, Lesley and Adrian will not be forgotten.

 

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Cancer Care Manitoba to allow them to continue to deliver exceptional care to families in need.

Roy's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.

ETHICAL DEATH CARE

Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

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