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In loving memory of

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Roland Joseph Alphonse Poulin

August 28, 1915 – March 19, 2000

Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, and Friend to all.

"LOVE TO THE FAMILY"

Remembered by many Friends, Brother; Jacques – Sisters; Pauline, Suzanne, Celine, Madeleine, Agathe, Therese, - Sons; Michael, Tony, Dale, Kevan - Son-in-law; Alain - Daughter; Danielle - Daughters-in-law; Patricia, Regina, Enge, Diana, Dawn, Catherine - Grandchildren; Christopher, Diana, Jason, Chantal, Michelle, Angela, Bobby - Great-grandchildren; Chrissy, Robin, Savannah, Nathan, Desireé, Kingston.
"He was always there for us all"
Roland passed away peacefully, and without pain, in his sleep,
surrounded by his loving family. Roland left us to visit with our
Mother Elizabeth - our Brother Alan - and our Sister Alana.
Roland was born in Montebello, Quebec. One of nineteen children, he grew up in Kapuskasing, Ontario during the tough times of the Great Depression. His Father was a Blacksmith and Harness Maker and with the Depression and the rise of Automobiles times were very hard for his family. At about 16 years old he "rode the Rails" out to British Columbia, stopping along the way to spend Christmas in a Teepee with Native Americans near Calgary, Alberta. He took part in the famous Post Office Sit-in New Westminster, BC. Roland went to work in BC Sawmills until the start of World War Two. He joined the Canadian Army and served his Country as a Motor Mechanic in The First Canadian Division. Roland saw action in the invasions of Sicily and Italy. While in Italy, he was severely wounded; an artillery shell exploded in a bunker that Roland and nineteen other men were in. He was the only survivor. Wounded in shoulder, hip, and leg, he spent four years in Military Hospitals. He received five medals; The King George 1939 - 1945 Medal, The Italian Star, The 1939 - 1945 Voluntary Service Medal, The 1939 - 1945 Star, and The Defense Medal.. Roland walked with pronounced limp for the rest of his life. He returned to British Columbia after leaving the War, and Hospitals behind him. Roland went back to work in the Canadian White Pine Sawmill. Married, and raised his family. With the help of his friend, Les Roberts, Roland became a Lumber Grader; a skilled trade with in the Sawmills. Roland retired in 1980, but was asked to return to work by Lindel Cedar Homes for one year to help them train replacement Lumber Graders. Roland had worked in Oliver, BC in the early 1960's and moved back there when he finally did retire. He loved living in the Oliver area; close to many of his children and grandchildren. A friend to many people in Oliver, Roland also enjoyed meeting the Fruit Pickers that came out from Quebec. They helped him with his French Language skills, which had become pretty rusty after 40 or 50 years. Roland had a long and good life. He is loved and missed by all.
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At Dad's Memorial and Celebration of His Life
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From left to right: Son: Tony, Son-in-law: Alain, Grandson: Jason, Daughter: Danielle, Son: Kevan, Son: Michael Seated: Granddaughters: Michelle and Chantal, Son: Dale.

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Click to view Roland's Memorial
Trans-Canada Trail Certificate

We thank you for visiting, to help 
remember Our Father 
and celebrate his life.

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"From His Mother"
When our Grandmother passed away, Dad could not go to his Mother's Funeral. His Brothers and Sisters sent him an ornament from his Mother's casket. I scanned the pewter hand holding a flower.

The most favorite thing in Dad's life 
was the laughter of his Family and Friends
Surely he will always hear us. Click on images to enlarge
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