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Roger Spruyt

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ROGER ALBERT MICHAEL SPRUYT

January 29, 1970 - April 1 2024

When Roger Albert Michael Spruyt was 10 years old, he was allowed to choose what his name would be going forward. By that time, he had already endured a lot more awful stuff than a person should have to go through, but the name he chose says a great deal about who he was and what mattered to him. Roger was the name he had carried since birth. Spruyt was our family name, the name our dad was born with. Albert was our mother’s father’s name, and he liked that Mom suggested it as a middle name—it made him even more a part the family that was becoming his. Michael was the name of his friend who was killed in the car accident they had been in when they were both 5 years old. Family and friends meant everything to him, and if you were a good enough friend, you weren’t just a friend anymore, you were family. 


Roger was diagnosed at age 40 with Myotonic Dystrophy, and it took a lot from him, but he always took those losses in stride. Last year for the first time, our family participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Walk and Roll fundraiser, and Roger had a most wonderful day. We made up matching T-shirts that said Team RAMS. They had a big picture of a ram on the front—RAMS being a nickname that stood for Roger Albert Michael Spruyt. Roger was really looking forward to being part of the walk again this year, and we’ve decided to wear our shirts and walk with him in our hearts since we can’t walk with him in his wheelchair. If anyone is wanting a fitting way to honour his memory, sponsoring Team RAMS on that walk would be it. You can do that here


Roger was predeceased by his Dad (Harry Spruyt) and Mom (Anna Spruyt). He is survived by his siblings Beth Helliar (John), Pete Spruyt (Tonja), and Andy Spruyt (Teresa), his beloved nieces and nephews Amanda, Nicole, and Julie Helliar, Cody, Joe, Jack, Evan and Ryan Spruyt, and his two best friends, Jill Ostanski and Philip Hayes. 


The family would like to thank all the people who cared so well for Roger over the years, Dr. Quy Doan and Jermaine, Dr. Alan Casey, The St. Boniface Hospital pacemaker clinic, Home Care Coordinator Eileen Sheridan and all the home care workers especially Pnina, the staff former and present at Rotary Villa especially David Hood, Anne Cherewyk, Val the TRC, and Ivy in the kitchen, his neighbours Shirley and Joseph, EIA counselor Gurma Mogess, pastors past and present Phil Edwards, Eric Friesen and Riley Enns, friends Walter and Donna Klassen, Krista Muller, and Ed Ostanski, and Dr. Patrick Griffen and all the nurses and respiratory therapists and health care aides at Grace Hospital Emergency. You all made a difference—thank you.


Funeral service will be held at at 2 pm on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Church of The Way (450 Lilac Street). 


Roger understood what was central in life. He had figured that out without a high IQ, without a whole lot of education, and without having to think that much about it. To this world, Roger may have been a person of little significance, but he had a lot to teach the rest of us. 


Roger loved his family, and his family loved him. 


Roger's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.

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Comments (5)
Gast
2 days ago

I remember Roger from growing up in Fort Frances.

My condolences.

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Gast
3 days ago

It was very nice knowing you Roger. R.I.P.

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Gast
04. Apr.

Dear cousins, friends and all who cared for Roger. Also on behalf of my mother, Roger's aunt Annie van Eck-Spruijt, we offer our condoleances and hope you all will find all the strength needed to find peace with the loss of your beloved brother/ friend. We never met him in person but we know that his parents and you all surrounded him with love and care and made his life as happy as it could be considering its difficult start. Much love, Ria van Eck

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Gast
04. Apr.

What simple, beautiful, and touching words. It just makes you realize how important those around us are, even if you think you are "insignificant". Thanks Roger, we never met, but you touched me by reading this. Rest easy.

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Gast
04. Apr.

Dear cousins, our thoughts are with you, especially today. We will be with you all in spirit this afternoon, lighting a candle and wishing we could give you a real big Dutch hug... Love, Astrid, Bernice & Eric🕯😘

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