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Roland Norman Coutu

Sep 15, 1964 - Jun 22, 2020

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  Please be advised that the family is truly sorry but due to COVID-19 a Celebration of Life will be held in Rocky Mountain House and Calgary at a later date.

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Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in Roland’s name may do so to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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September 15/1964

The Dash in Between

Of

Roland Norman Coutu (Rollie the Goalie 31)

It with great sadness that we announce our dear sweet Son, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Cousin, Friend, and Co-Worker. Roland (Rollie) became a Bright Shining Star June 22/2020 to light our way until we see him again.

Roland was born in Kelowna, B.C. Sept 15/1964 to Berneice and Norman Coutu. He was the first of 3 children. When he was 3 the family moved to Edmonton, in his adventures there he found and climbed a tree that he could not climb down from; the tree was forever known as the ‘Mummy come help me Tree’. From there the family moved to Devon in 1969 where he started school and his hockey career. In 1975 the family moved yet again to Rocky Mountain House where he graduated in 1982 and went on to play Junior Hockey in Rocky, Rimbey and Castlegar. Once hockey was done, he worked at the Strachan Gas Plant and then went to work for Hi-Tower on a service rig to get money to go to school. When he had enough money, he enrolled at N.A.I.T. to be a Paramedic. Upon graduation he got a job in Fort McMurray. In 1995 he moved to Calgary to work with the Calgary Fire Department. Within the CFD he progressed through the ranks to Captain. With all the stories he told about the days at the CFD the best one was from the 2013 Calgary Flood as they were trying to navigate the flooded streets in a boat and disabled the boat on wait for it not a tree or floating debris but yes a “fire hydrant”. On November 27/2018 he retired from the CFD. With a successful career behind him, plans of retirement were in full swing. Buying a motorhome, travelling to the States and golfing every golf course was the plan. With his Mother’s health failing he put those plans on hold and stayed around Rocky until his sudden passing.

Roland loved to golf with anyone who would go. He went to Kelowna yearly with school and hockey pals. He played football in high school, ball, and his passion was hockey. He always played any sport like it was the last game to ever be played and has all the scars, aches and pains from it. He was an awesome Uncle,

Brother, Son, Nephew, Cousin, Friend and Co-worker who wore his heart on his sleeve and would give you the shirt off his back if needed and help you put it on.

June 22/2020

Roland is profoundly missed by his Mother Berneice, Sister Susan, Brother Darryl, Nephews Brandon and Austin, Aunts and Uncles Shirley and Lorne, Joan and Jeff, Janet, Ronald and Eugene, numerous cousins, and all the great fire fighters and paramedics that he worked and had fun with throughout the years.

He will also be greatly missed by his school pals Everett Stewart, Calvin Kostynuk, Mark Bauer, Brent Masuch, Carson Scott, Brad Simpson, Lee Fisher, and Jamie Boutin.

He will be greatly missed by his almost first family CFD who loved and supported him thought the years. When he retired it was from 22 Station. He talked so highly of the crew he worked with and admired each and everyone of them for what they brought to the fire hall. They were fun when they could be and serious when they had to be. He always said it ways his best crew. 22 Station heroes are Fellow Captain Jason Graham, Firefighters Dave Eby, Mark Rohling, Matt Friede, Randy Rosenmeyer, Shawn Parsons, Zamir Montoya, Craig Bilodeau, Josh Colvin.

Roland is predeceased by his Father Norman, Maternal Grandparents Annie and Louis, Parental Grandparents Laura and Henri, Uncles Robert and Colin, and Cousins Steven and Darren.

Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation in Roland’s name may do so to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Please be advised that the family is truly sorry but due to COVID-19 a Celebration of Life will be held in Rocky Mountain House and Calgary at a later date.

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

Condolences

Steve Juhasz:

Rollie,
I am indebted to you for taking me under your wing while playing for the Rockets. I'll never forget one night we both were having a rough game in Barrhead and were pulled a few times each throughout the night. I truly believe with your leadership, we may have been the only tandem goalies to change on the fly. RIP Rollie the Goalie. My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
Respectfully,
Steve Juhasz

Jeff Hall:

Rest In Peace Roland. I have very vivid memories of our time in hockey together. My sincere condolences to your family and your many close friends.

Chris Ward:

We had a lot of fun together. He was huge part of a number of families and always a part of Linda and mine. We love you and miss you bud. A true hero and legend. Condolences to his family

Kirk Newbigging :

Our condolences to all the Coutu family. We share your sorrow. There is so much to say. He was a loving, genuine individual that was a mentor to not only the youth but taught us old boys a few things also. Yes there is a brotherhood with CFD and Rollie was always there, devoted to others. Unselfishly, unconditionally a friend to all. He will be missed.

Richard Fandrick:

Condolences to Rolland's family and et al. Thanks for the great memories Rollie in our hockey play'n days way back when with Papa John's / Islanders in Rocky. It was a blast and definitely one of the best time periods in my life. We are all gonna miss you bud. Be at peace my friend.

Marie (Murphy) Juuti:

Darryl, Susan & family,
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Roland. He will be deeply missed.

Stacey Lennie :

My deepest condolences to Rollie’s family and friends ! Rollie thanks for all the memories during our hockey years a solid tender with a heart of gold ! RIP my old friend !

Lorne and Shirley Lindskog:

We grieve with the family the passing of our nephew and our children.s cousin Roland. Our families have so many good memories of the past. Roland was gifted in many ways academically, athletically and devotion to his responsibilities with The Calgary Fire Department. We especially pass our thoughts to Roland's mother Bernie, sister Susan,brother Darryl and nephew sand Brandon and Austin. Lindskog Family ”

Judilyn Ross:

Your a true HERO Roland and your at peace now. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Coutu and her family. Hugs

Devin Uhrynchuk:

I often felt like an honorary A platoon member at 6 station downtown.
The infamous shifts with rollie will never be forgotten, cannot decide which were more memorable...
1: the 3 pots of coffee every morning
2: 1 hr long hot showers
3: smoking a dart
4: sweatin from ketchup

Such a huge teddy bear, always stood up for his fellow brothers, huge humour and a huge smile and unforgettable laugh.

Rollie, no one will forget you brother ! Say hi to dawson for all of us.

Jamie Boutin:

Thanks for all the great times and lifelong friendship Rollie. I miss you buddy, you are in my thoughts every day. Also thinking of Berneice, Susan and Daryl in his difficult time.

Rick Praud :

Rollie was a wonderful guy. He always had a smile and was a pleasure to know and work beside.
RIP brother. Until we meet again. Keep making saves and making people smile.
Thank You

Virginia Buckley:

Rest In Peace, brother Roland. It was a pleasure to know you- you always had a kind word and a laugh to share. Warmest thoughts for your family.

murray reid:

Rolie was an absolute original. Played Junior in Rimbey with him. I have ton's of memories. Saw him at coach Poffenroth's funeral. It was just like old times. We had a few adventures. Met a lot of people in my days but Rolie holds a spot.

Karen (Pelletier) Hawthorne:

My condolences to Berneice, Susan, Darryl, family and Roland's best friends.

I have many great memories of Roland during school days playing my first video game Atari "Pong" at your house, parties at the lake, the Stadium, Carol's or the Halloween parties at our house and wherever. Our trip to Golden with your Mom and Darryl staying at the family's hotel. We used to just meet up and hang out, going over Jamie's or Brent's and watching Texas, football and hockey. My mind is fixed those thoughts you are sadly missed, I know the guys will not be the same without you.

Karen

Owen Short:

Thank you for all the great memories downtown. We always thought of you as an honorary Bravo platoon member when you used to stay with us between your shifts. You are missed.
Owen Short

Craig Nixon:

Taught me so much in my fire rookie year and was always a joy to work for. A true captain and so knowledgable.
Always be a legend.
RIP Captain.

John matlock:

Gone too soon Rolly. Brother firefighter, haven't seen you since I retired but you were often in my happy thoughts
RIP

Ian Murray:

I worked with Rollie through the years at the CFD from his rookie year until my retirement in early 2018. You will be missed, Gods speed.

ian strachan:

...a wonderful guy......lots of laughs...very sorry for your loss....

Paul Beattie:

Godspeed Rollie!! A total beast at WPFG and legendary stories over the years. A CFD beauty that will be missed.... To Rollie’s family, please accept our condolences and positive thoughts being sent your way.

Rob Evans:

Condolences to all of Rollie's family and friends.

Todd Nabozniak :

Rollie was a friend and a brother. He was one of the kindest men I knew and his passing is a huge loss to the CFD family. I will miss his larger than life personality.

Tristan Shanks:

RIP, Brother. I enjoyed lots of laughs and a few deep chats with Rollie. Guy could go from football to religion to hockey to philosophy all in one conversation. Rollie only had one speed on the boat, was always a treat!

Jordan Wiebe:

Our thought are with you. I worked with Rollie off and on and he was a great guy.

CFD Honour Guard:

We were extremely saddened by the sudden passing of our brother, 'Rollie'. Our condolences and deepest sympathies go out to the Coutu family. He was a great man and will be truly missed. We'll take it from here, rest easy brother.

Sheilah Daniels-Smith:

I considered Rollie a dear friend - we had many, many deep and interesting conversations when we worked together at CFD. I know there are no words big enough to heal your sorrow. Know that we at the CFD and I personally hold space for Rollie and the extended Coutu family. Our thoughts are with you and hope that your sorrow eases with grace and time.

Paul Washkevich:

Some so so funny times with Rollie the goalie while we played hockey in both Rimbey and Rocky as well as our work at Quinn together at Ram River. Rollie always kept things light. He was a light! Thanks Rollie. My condolences to those who loved him dearly.

Tom and Rena Stewart :

To all of Roland's family our Deepest Condolences to you, Roland was a huge part of our success for over 10 yrs offering his work related experiences and real life skills to our Safety Training Team our customers at 6S Safety often commented on what great value they received from his experience and knowledge.
We will miss him

Terri Beller ... Uncle Rene’s daughter :

From our family to your ...know that Our thoughts and prayer are with you all in your loss. In deepest sympathy.

Bob Ellingson (FMFD Ret.):

My condolences to the Coutu family in there loss of a great guy.

Tony Gordon:

You didn’t spend a long time with us in Fort McMurray, but you made one hell of an impression. RIP brother you will be remembered.

Carson Scott:

Rollie,
You were a good friend and will be missed. Hard to believe how long we were friends, going back to Pee-Wee hockey and curling. We had some minor success, who can forget the D event win in the 82 School Boys Bonspiel in Edmonton, but we always had fun.
As they say you pick your friends and I picked mine very wisely.
Rest In Peace buddy.

Mike Swagar:

Rest in piece and my condolences to the family. I remember playing hockey with you and the road trips with my dad when he was coaching us. We reconnected in 2004 when I moved back to Rocky and had a few memorable occasions together. You will be missed greatly and will always be good memories for me. Keep your stick on the ice.

Steve and Deb Allen:

So sorry for your loss. He was a fun and caring guy.

Marlin:

GodSpeed Rollie. I'm glad I was able to catch up with you 3mths ago.

Brent Masuch:

Hey Buddy
I truly miss you and all the crazy things you made me do. I miss the days of you walking to my house every morning before school. Picking me up and both of us walking to school in running shoes and small leather jackets in minus 30 degree weather.Us walking every Saturday to get our skates sharpened and going for french fries at the CO-OP. You driving at 14 with your learners license and scaring the crap out of your mom and me.
Rollie was really one the smartest and brilliant people I knew. His mind just wouldn't let him rest.He needed to be going full tilt all the time. 
Thanks for the great times Rollie. From one of your many best friends you had in your life.
Take care Susan, Darryl, and mom
Brent

Trevor Buckler:

Very sorry, I worked with Rollie alot over the year's .

Darren Labonte :

My deepest condolences to the Coutu family. Roland was a great guy and will sadly missed.

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