In Memory Of


George Robert Roberts

Jul 3, 1930 - Aug 24, 2020


  Due to Covid-19, a private family service was held


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to Gilby 4H Beef Club (Contact Gregg Dickson 403-844-9119) or STARS.


George Robert Roberts

July 3, 1930 – August 24, 2020

It is with sadness that the family of George Robert Roberts announce his passing on August 24, 2020 at the age of 90 years. He passed away peacefully on the family farm north of Leslieville where he lived nearly all of his adult life.

George was born July 3, 1930 to Bob and Daisy Roberts in the attic of their house near Carolside, Alberta. According to his mother, Daisy, it was a day that was, “hotter than the hubbs of hell”.

In the spring of 1932, the Alberta government was paying freight on two boxcars as an incentive to relocate people of the prairies to the “land of promise” due to the ongoing drought conditions. Bob and Daisy took advantage of this opportunity, they packed their possessions on the train, loaded up their two young children (George and Betty) in a make-shift truck and survived the three-day trip to the Leslieville area.

Bob and Daisy rented from Martha Mason for two years. In 1935, Bob and Daisy moved their family into the log cabin on the homestead where George spent the years of his youth. George had a happy childhood enjoying the farm and the bush. George spent many hours hunting rabbits and squirrels that he sold for pocket money.

George completed grade eight at Washington Heights School. At age 14 George went to work. George did odd jobs in the neighbourhood and in the spring of 1948, he worked as a farm hand for Eli and Violet Saarela. George shared many fond memories of his time there. At age 19, George bought a Studebaker truck and started a general hauling business.

In 1950, George bought a quarter of land for $1400. It had 45 acres cleared and one rotten grainery. He continued to drive truck a few years until he could afford to farm full time. During this time, George took pride in playing fastball for the “Bingley Boozers”. This is where he met Joyce Diggins. Joyce fell in love with this handsome young, centre fielder who could catch every ball that came outfield, without a glove.

On May 11, 1951, George and Joyce were married. Soon after their wedding, George and Joyce moved into a log house on his land. Four children lived in the log house until the new house was built. Once the new house was built, two more children joined the family. George resided here until his passing. In George’s adult years, he enjoyed farming, curling, dancing, hunting, camping, and road trip travels.

George was pre-deceased by son Larry and great granddaughter Tori.

George is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joyce. Five children, Bonnie (Larry) Kowatch, Judy (Bruce) Dickson, Jim (Eleanor) Roberts, Wes (Lorraine) Roberts, and Ray (Bev) Roberts; fifteen grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Due to Covid-19, a private family service was held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to Gilby 4H Beef Club (Contact Gregg Dickson 403-844-9119) or STARS.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403 845-2626


Loraine (bowhay) Liang:

Dear George Roberts Family. I think fondly of you Joyce, Was so very pleased to see you two years ago as we said good bye to Louise.

I want to deeply express my thoughts and care at this sad time in your life, and your families.
Will be praying for comfort and peace as life makes this adjustment. Big changes all around us.

With deep sympathy, Loraine.

Rachel (Kuehne) Cymbaluk:

I am grieving for you All, Joyce and family. You were the very best of next door neighbors and such friendly friends. You have been blesssed to have had had such a great husband and Dad who, even though he worked hard, took things in stride with his easygoing, people prioritizing personality.
I appreciate so many special memories featuring George: of neighborhood parties in your basement, cutting lumber at the sawmill Dad and George shared, fishing and camping at Brazeau, (remember all the fish we caught in the big dugout??) feeding the fish down at his pond, trips taken together to Montana and Peace River, and all the cards you played with Mom and Dad.
As I got older George hired me as a summer student on the farm, which I loved, (except when he'd come at 8 am and have coffee with Dad while I felt guilty for oversleeping!), raking with that tiny tractor (except when the rakes got stuck between the tires!) and baling (except when the tire blew and Billy Mason came over to see what happened because it was so loud!) and just being around such kind and friendly people as you both.
George came over to help Grandpa Lowell Terry move in when he got here from Montana in 1959 and remained the best next door neighbor for 3 generations, even keeping a close eye on Moms place when she moved to Valleyview. To me, George was an advisor, overseer and great friend and confidant, as well as keeper of the keys and mail collector!!! I will miss him dearly.
I have always admired your close knit family and see the strength of character each display from such strong and stable roots. George and Joyce are indeed role models of togetherness, friendship and commitment through the ups and downs of 69 years of marriage and I am so sorry for the gaping hole you now experience Joyce.
My sympathies are with you all.

George and Heather Loomer:

Our deepest sympathy to all your family. George was a very special person and he and Joyce have certainly raised a family to be proud of. He will definitely not be forgotten.

Elaine & Everett Gusek:

Our condolences to Joyce and her family.
George was a great friend and neighbor.
He was a excellent farmer and loved to play cards. I remember as a kid he was a pretty darn good ball player. I remember going to ball tournaments where he and my dad played.
He always made you feel welcome where ever you were. Always a friendly greeting and interested in how you were.
Card parties at Bingley will never be the same without George.
He will be missed.
Hugs to you all.

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