Fonds MG083 - Ernest Raymond Roy fonds

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Ernest Raymond Roy fonds

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CA BU MG083

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  • .25 cm of textual records
  • 5 textile items
  • 1 photograph
  • 1 book

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(d.1964)

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Ernest Raymond Roy received his elementary education in Sabrevois, Quebec before attending a French-speaking boarding school operated under the auspices of the Congregational Church in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec before entering Bishop's University, from which he received three degrees: B.A. 1899, L.S.T. 1901, M.A. 1904. In addition to being a Bishop's graduate, he also married a Bishop's Graduate, Mable Marion Mitchell who was born on the Johnville Road, three miles from the University. They were married in St. George's Church in Lennoxville in 1917. During his ministry he served on three different occasions in the Eastern Townships: 1902-1904 East Angus & Marbleton; 1913-1917 Cookshire; 1937-1946 Waterville, North Hatley and Eustis. In 1952 he moved to Vancouver, BC and died there on February 23, 1964, interment in Mount Hermon Cemetery.

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  • Autographed hat
  • Purple jacket
  • funeral or preaching scarf/stole and related items
  • Bible, E.R. Roy, Levis, Quebec
  • Miscellaneous clippings and other items pertaining to Ernest Raymond Roy
  • photograph of Ernest Raymond Roy

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Andrew R.M. Roy, son of Ernest Raymond Roy

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Included in the fonds is a white stole, a black preaching scarf and a third piece of regalia, the usage of which is unclear. It is made of the same material as the preaching scarf but covers only the upper arm and one shoulder. E.R. Roy’s son, Andrew R.M. Roy, writes:

“In 1917 and 1918 he [Ernest Raymond] ministered to elements of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry which in the closing years of WWI were bivouacked in tents on the Lauzon Heights. Father was not a Padre in the accepted sense of the word because he still had a civilian congregation in Levis, St-Romuald d'Etchemin and Charney but would have been acting under the order I would imagine of the Anglican Bishop of Quebec and the Commanding Officer of the Princess Pat's. This Arm and Shoulder Piece might have symbolized grief and could possibly have been worn at funerals which he conducted. My knowledge of the Spanish Flu which also occurred about this time is very sketchy indeed, but my impression is that the funerals of soldiers tented on the Lauzon Heights were occasioned more by the Spanish Flu than by any other factor. I remember well Father speaking in later years about the large number of funerals he conducted among military personnel when the epidemic raged.”

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