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Henri Paul Roy (Paul)

February 27, 1936

September 18, 2023

Lieutenant-Colonel Henri Paul Roy, a distinguished veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, passed away peacefully in Ottawa on September 18, 2023, at the age of 87. He leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion as the beloved husband of Michaeleen (Mickey) for 66 years. He was a proud father to Patrick, Lise (Patrick), Andre, and Paul (Michael), and a cherished grandfather to Ryan. Sadly, he was predeceased by his sister, Claudette (Yvon Bourque), and brother, Jean-Louis.

Born and raised in St. Georges QC, Paul enlisted in the RCAF in 1953 and embarked on a distinguished military career. After completing his basic military and officer training, he was selected for navigator training, which took place in Winnipeg MB and Summerside PEI. Graduating in January 1956, he joined 405 Squadron in Greenwood NS. Over the years, Paul served in various locations, including Quebec City, St-Hubert QC, and a return to Greenwood NS. Notably, he served as the Commanding Officer of 405 Squadron from 1976-1978. In 1982, he joined No. 3 Squadron, NATO Airborne Early Warning Component in Geilenkirchen, Germany. Upon retiring from the RCAF in 1988, Paul transitioned to the Department of External Affairs until his retirement in 1998. During his tenure at External Affairs (now Global Affairs), Paul showcased his passion for travel, visiting Canadian diplomatic missions in 70 countries.

Beyond his military career, Paul enjoyed participating in sports, particularly hockey, which he played on various bases throughout his service. Even in his fifties, he continued to actively engage in old-timers hockey. Additionally, Paul and Mickey shared a love for skiing and golfing. They were long-time members of the Hylands golf course in Ottawa and relished playing in Florida during the winter months. Paul was also involved in his community as a member of Council 14337 of the Knights of Columbus.

Family and friends are invited to commemorate the life of Lieutenant-Colonel Henri Paul Roy at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa on Tuesday, October 3. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m., followed by a reception. In honor of his memory, the Roy family kindly requests donations to be made in his name to the Royal Canadian Legion or the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa, ON.

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