Roy EMSLAND Obituary (1944 – 2021) – Kamloops, BC

EMSLAND, Roy “Wayne”: It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Roy “Wayne” Emsland on November 17, 2021 in the loving care of his daughter Jackie, at home, as he wished. Wayne is loved and remembered by his ex-wife Theresa Emsland, who was a big help during his illness. His children, Lori(Shawn) Miller, Jackie(Dave) Ruscheinski and Chris(Holly) Emsland. His grandchildren, Kelsey(Joe) Pierobon, Matthew(Brittany) Miller, Jordan Miller, Taylor Miller(Pete), Devon Ruscheinski(Eunmee), Danielle Ruscheinski(Tristan), Kevin Emsland(McKenzie), Keegan Emsland(Katie) and Kylie Emsland(Cole), as well as her best furry bud Carl, who will be “adopted” by Jackie. He is also survived by his two great-grandchildren Sofie and Rosie Miller. Wayne is also survived by his two sisters, Barbara Ann (Ray) Paulsen of Summerland, BC and Linda (Barry) Warr of Penticton, BC and their families. Wayne was predeceased by his parents Roy and Barbara Emsland, his nephew Gordie Paulsen and his ever faithful companions, Taffy and Bailey. Dad was born in Penticton, British Columbia on December 1, 1944, the eldest of three children. As a teenager, he was very active in many sports, including baseball and hockey. He was proud to be part of Penticton’s Junior A team! He also had a great love for vehicles and had many projects he did including hot rods. His stories of timed racing up the hill in Summerland by the police to see how fast his car would go was just one of many stories he remembered at the time. Dad worked many jobs to support his growing family at first, but the career he was most proud of was when he was hired by the Department of Highways in their design and surveying branch in 1970 His work has taken him and his family to many small towns across British Columbia, culminating in living in a 12×14 tent with three preschoolers for nearly four months at the bottom of “the hill” going to Bella Coola. Many stories have been told of the antics then going on with the crew. Other highlights include the many major projects he has worked on in British Columbia, including the Coquihalla! In 1996 and again in 2001, Dad was invited to Government House in Victoria, BC to celebrate the 25 and 30 year “long service” awards. What an achievement! However, one of his greatest pleasures has been living in Squamish, BC and pursuing his passion for boating. He started with an 18ft runabout when he first settled there, and always joked that he caught 2 “footitis” and made his way to his cruiser. 40 feet, which was his dream boat! He enjoyed taking his family and friends to Howe Sound whenever he could. We all have amazing memories of Dad showing us beautiful scenery and amazing fishing across the Sunshine Coast. Dad returned to Kamloops after retiring to Paul Lake. During his retirement, he had the opportunity to travel. He has been to Mexico twice with a friend and many trips across Canada with his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Barry. They went to Toronto twice, where he got to see a Grand Prix race, Ottawa, Newfoundland, Montreal and Niagara Falls. He loved taking these trips with them and told many stories about his and Barry’s antics. Dad also enjoyed golfing, hunting with the guys, and fishing on the Fraser River, as well as camping on many other BC lakes. He knew British Columbia like the back of his hand! He then moved to town to be closer to his family when his health began to fail. We are grateful for the wonderful memories we have of him during his golfing, camping and fishing outings and especially those that we kept during this last year of his illness! We will cherish them. Dad, you will be truly and forever missed in our hearts! We love you! In lieu of services, we are having an immediate family reunion in the spring where we will release Dad’s ashes into Howe Sound as he wished. In memory of dad, donations can be made to the RIH Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences can be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca

Published by Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group on December 9, 2021.