Rol was called home on Oct. 30, 2012.
He is survived by his four children, Mattie, Brandi, Tim and Chris; his sister, Kathy; and his special son, Darrin.
Rol had eight grandchildren, Alec, Tani, Cassydy, Macy, Maya, Madalyn, Tyler, Bailey; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Nancy; and his sister, Marilyn.
Rol grew up in Nebraska working in the family stockyards and ranching in Colorado and Wyoming before settling his family in British Columbia. He went to Iowa State University on a full swimming scholarship and received the Cal Hubbard Award, recognized as freestyle swimmer of the decade. He also received three gold medals in the Senior Olympics in Arizona, setting records that still stand to this day.
In his later years Rol became a published author, writing three novels of which "Port of Climax" won a Canada West Independent Spirit Award.
We would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Cosio, Dr. Frey and the staff at the UHNBC Rehab Unit for their constant care and compassion for our dad.
Rol requested no service, so a private family gathering will be held to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity.
Rol was a cowboy at heart and in experience; his beliefs, character and way of life always brought this into perspective.
We will miss you, lone cowboy...ride on.
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