LITCHFIELD, Ernest

Posted: March 24th, 2017

LITCHFIELD

Ernest LeRoy (Roy) Litchfield passed away on March 20, 2017 in Magrath, AB at the age of 89 years. He was born in Raymond, AB to Ernest and Minnie (Burrows) Litchfield. He was the second of five children, and grew up surrounded by a large and close-knit extended family. He was predeceased by his first wife Barbara (Gray) Litchfield, and is survived by his daughters Carolyn (John), Beverly (Ian), and Gwen; son Jon; grandsons Justin and Thomas; and his wife Sue (Chorney) Litchfield. Roy graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in chemical engineering, and later went on to earn a diploma in business administration from the University of Western Ontario. He began his career working in the petro-chemical industry at Polymer Corp. in Sarnia, ON. He then took a job with the federal government at the Department of Regional Industrial Expansion in both Saskatoon and Ottawa where he worked until his retirement. Later, he and Sue relocated to Kelowna, BC before moving to Magrath in 2009. Roy was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was called as a missionary to the Eastern Canada Mission, and served the church in many capacities including bishop, counselor in stake presidency, regional welfare representative, family history consultant, and temple worker. Of particular note was his thoughtful and diligent service as a home teacher. Although Roy’s career saw him living in various parts of the country, he never lost his love for Southern Alberta. He always spoke fondly of his early life on the family farm and loved working at the Raymond Mercantile as a teen. His rural upbringing fostered an appreciation for the outdoors. Over the years he enjoyed a variety of activities such as camping, golf, photography, and was an ardent baseball fan. His yard was often admired, a result of his passion for gardening and landscaping. Friends and family were frequently treated to his abundant crop of tomatoes. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Magrath Stake Center, 21 East 1 Ave S, Magrath. Friends may meet the family prior to the service at the church from 10:00 to 10:45am. Interment to follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond. Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Roy to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

4 Condolences for “LITCHFIELD, Ernest”

  1. Al & Elaine Fletcher says:

    We are sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed our visits with Roy and appreciated so much his putting together the Litchfield history book. We are serving a mission in the Tennessee Knoxville area or we would be at the funeral. He was a great influence on many people and certainly affected us for good. Elder & Sister Fletcher

  2. Elizabeth Olsen says:

    Dear Sue and Family,

    I am so sorry I will be out of town Monday and have to miss Roy’s funeral. I will try to get in touch with you after. I love you and admire the wonderful way you cared for Roy all these years. Your marriage has been a great blessing to you both but your love and dedication have certainly blessed him.

    I pray you will feel the comfort of the Lord to sustain you in this great challenge. Love Eliabeth Olsen

  3. Donna Roth says:

    Dear Sue,
    So sorry to hear the sad news of Roy’s passing. We have fond memories of you and Roy when you were members of Kelowna 2nd Ward. I want to express our love to you at this sad time in your life and may you be comforted by His guiding hand in your life.

    Love,
    Donna and Kelly Roth

  4. Pauline (Melanson) Stewart says:

    I am sorry for your loss. I knew Mr Litchfield when I was very young (Sarnia, Ontario). His daughter, Beverly was my best friend. Unfortunately they moved away. Recently I found a letter that Beverly sent me in 1990. Her last address was somewhere in Texas. If you happen to hear from her sometime in the future, please let her know that I think of her every know and then, when I think of days gone by. Once again, sorry for your loss.