With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Roy Lazzarotto Jr. of Bellevue, AB on August 23, 2019. He was 65 years of age.
Roy, affectionately know as Junior, was born on December 10, 1953 to proud parents, Roy and Eda Lazzarotto. From an early age he was taught to work hard, to take care of family and friends, and to enjoy life and all its blessings – lessons he would later teach his own children. At seventeen years old, Junior began his career as a second-generation coalminer. He started out working underground, and went on to be a skilled equipment operator. Junior took great pride in being a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 19, Bellevue since he was eighteen years old, in his Sentinel Summit #26 Freemasons membership, and in his service with the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department and the Mine Rescue team. His involvement with these organizations allowed him to give back to the community that meant so much to him.
Born and raised in the Crowsnest Pass, AB, Junior had a great appreciation for the outdoors where he spent countless happy hours hunting, fishing, picking mushrooms and camping. Junior’s great sense of humour made him a wonderful storyteller and he told a great joke – even if he didn’t always remember the punch line. He was a very social person who enjoyed visiting and catching up over a Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum. Junior had a good heart and he was the first to offer his help to whoever needed it. Whether sharing his homemade pickles, or assisting seniors in the community, he never missed an opportunity to show his caring nature. More than anything, Junior loved his family. They were his proudest accomplishment and he was never happier than when he was with them. Junior could make you smile just by entering the room. His unmistakable laugh and kind, cheerful spirit will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him.
Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life is his spouse, Val Poole of Bellevue, AB; his children, Colt (Daina) Lazzarotto of Lethbridge, AB; Koral (Mitchell Withrow) Lazzarotto of Black Diamond, AB and Kyla (Adam Wilkie) Lazzarotto of Coleman, AB; his grandchildren, Raegan and Abby Lazzarotto; his sisters, Carol (Glen) French of Parksville, BC and Lorna (Marc) Backs of Calgary, AB; his nieces, nephews and extended family; as well as many friends, especially Yolanda Gregory who held a special place in his heart.
He was predeceased by his mother, Eda Lazzarotto in 2009 and his father, Roy Lazzarotto Sr. in 2015.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.