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Roland Alexander Erdos

April 12, 1963 ~ July 19, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old

Obituary

   It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Roland Alexander Erdos, of Blaimore, at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre, Blairmore, AB on July 19, 2023 at the age of 60 years.  Beloved son of Lillian Erdos of Lethbridge and the late Oliver Erdos; and cherished brother of Cathy (Barry) Ontkean of Penticton, Larry Erdos of Lethbridge, Russell (Katrina) Erdos of New Westminster, Flora (Bruce) MacKay of Lethbridge and Polly (Rob) Janssens of Kelowna. He is also survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

   Born in Edmonton, AB on April 12, 1963, Roland was the fifth of six children born to Oliver and Lillian Erdos.  The family moved to New Zealand for three years, then returned to Canada and eventually settled in Lethbridge, AB. Roland grew up in the hustle and bustle of a large family where there was always a sibling to play with. He loved camping and fishing and spent many summers traveling around Canada and the US on family camping trips in the family school bus/camper, Old Smokey. During his childhood he was active in the Boy Scouts and was proud of having hiked the Chilkoot Trail from Alaska to the Yukon with his dad, uncle and cousins. He was also a music lover and played accordion in the “family band”.

   Roland graduated from Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge and then attended Lethbridge College to become a Journeyman Electrician. He worked as an electrician, but was also a handy kind of guy and had many hands-on, fix-it skills. 

   He eventually settled in the Crowsnest Pass, AB where he maintained and managed the family property, Oliwood, at the foot of Turtle Mountain, above Hillcrest. He made many good friends in the area over the years and enjoyed having a drink at the Hillcrest Miners’ Club and the Bellevue Legion or sitting around the campfire with friends and family.  Roland dearly loved his dog, Buddy, and his life at Oliwood.  He always said, “I live in paradise.”  Roland enjoyed the wildlife on the mountain, fishing and tinkering in his shop. In his spare time, he enjoyed carving, wood turning, working on old cars and quadding.

   He was Uncle Roland to his nieces and nephews, Jonathan, Tyler, Carley, Stephanie, Meghan, Liam, Elizabeth, Maggie, Tabitha, Alyssa, and Beau, as well as to four great-nephews, two great-nieces and one great-niece on the way. They made many happy memories during their summer “Cousins Camp” time at Oliwood, when Uncle Roland took them fishing, gave them exciting rides on the quad and built crackling campfires for them in the evenings to roast their marshmallows.

   He was a kind, gentle and generous man.  Although he cherished solitude, when enjoying the company of family or friends he had a quick wit, good sense of humor, mischievous smile and a twinkle in his eye. 

   After several years of severe illness, Roland died peacefully. Our immense thanks to the hard-working, compassionate doctors, nurses, and staff at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre for keeping him comfortable and treating him with so much compassion, dignity and respect in his last few days.

God saw you getting tired,

And a cure was not to be.

So He put his arms around you

And whispered, “Come to Me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you,

And saw you pass away.

Although we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Hard-working hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

 

   With respect for Roland’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. The family will hold a private memorial at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by A Better Chance Animal Rescue (PO Box 1034 Pincher Creek, AB T0K 1W0).  Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.

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

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