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Roger Allan Pisony

October 31, 1959 ~ June 19, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old




   Roger Allan Pisony, beloved husband and father, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2023, with his wife and daughter by his side.

   There is so much to say about Roger. His personality was as big as the sky! If Roger was in the room everyone knew it. He was the one holding center stage, usually with a roar of laughter around him; a twinkle in his eye and a grin on his face.

   Roger was born on Saturday, October 31, 1959 (yes – he was a Halloween baby), to Rose and Berwyn Pisony. Roger attended Livingstone School in Lundbreck until graduation in 1977. From 1977 – 1979, he continued his education at Olds College where he graduated with a diploma in Agricultural Business Technology. Roger spent some time abroad on a work exchange that placed him on a sheep ranch in Australia for six months, a time he talked about fondly. He tried his hand on the oil rigs – which was not for him – and eventually purchased a piece of land next to his parents’ and found his true passion; being a rancher.

   In 1992, Roger met Cathy at the Maycroft spring dance. He wooed her with his pink truck and his blue-green algae supplements. Among her friends and family he garnished the nickname “The Man from Snowy River,” and on Saturday, June 19, 1993, they were married. Life continued on the ranch until November 10, 1995, when Roger received his greatest joy with the birth of his daughter; Sadee-Ellen.  From the time she was born, Roger fondly called her his Bubba – the name stuck and she is still his Bubba today. 

   Roger’s love for the land and the ranch only grew over the years; years which were  remembered by the weather, crops and cattle prices. He prided himself on being the best steward of the land and his knowledge in agriculture and the cattle industry. He was very good at what he did, and hard work was a way of life for Roger, which showed in all he accomplished in his life. If you ever watched Roger when he was working the land or with the cattle, you could see he was truly blessed to have spent his life doing something he truly loved. He felt a spiritual connection to the land that gave a special meaning to his life.

   Roger loved his family dearly, and his pride in his daughter Sadee was immense. Family time often consisted of picking rocks in the field, driving to Larson’s to check the cattle in the pens, calving or being in the hills in the side by side or on the quads, checking cattle and putting out salt and mineral.  Life on the ranch didn’t leave much time for hobbies, but he loved golfing, hunting, fishing and in the last few years a favorite night out consisted of big steak dinner followed by a good game of Catan with the family. Roger won the last game we all played together.

   Roger embraced life with a fearlessness that was truly admirable. He put special meaning into the phrase “you only live once,” as he was always willing to try something new and exciting with merely a thumbs-up and a big grin. He embraced people the same way, especially if they were a kindred spirit: with a big hug and some good-natured teasing. The way he lived his life reminds us not to lose that childlike wonder or enjoyment of everything around us, and his connection to the land will never be forgotten. He will soar there always, watching as the first crocuses bloom thanks to the rain he provided.

   Roger was often strong-willed- but his heart was huge and his soul was kind.  He would be the first to help out family, friends, neighbours and strangers stranded along Highway 22 (of which there were many).  We will always miss his beautiful smile, his honest joy, and his wild spirit.  We won’t say goodbye – but just until we meet again! Love you always.

   Roger leaves his wife, Cathy; daughter Sadee-Ellen and her partner Ebrahim Feizabadi; his siblings, Georgina Jasman, Brad (Paula Reedyk) Pisony, Murray (Patti) Pisony, Charity (Richard) Hewitt; as well as his Harper family, Dennis (Lynn) Harper, Brad Harper, Ward (Sheryl) Harper, Barry (Sandra) Harper and Ryan (Chris) Harper; along with many loving nieces and nephews; and countless friends.

   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Roger’s name can be sent to: 4-H Beef Clubs (Foothills & Timber Trails) c/o Foothills 4-H Beef Club (PO Box 426, Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0).  Condolences may be registered at

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555

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Celebration of Life
September 23, 2023

1:00 PM
Pincher Creek Community Hall
287 Canyon Drive
Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0


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