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O’Sullivan, William Roy

Mr. William Roy O’Sullivan of Fort Macleod, beloved husband of Judy O’Sullivan, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the age of 77 years.
Roy is survived by his three children, Dennis Roy of Salmon, Idaho, John Brian of Pincher Creek and Debra Mae O’Sullivan of Lethbridge.
He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, in-laws and out-laws, as well as his two brothers Reg O’Sullivan of Fort Macleod and Jack O’Sullivan of Lethbridge.
He was predeceased by his parents John Rafael and Hattie Mae O’Sullivan, brothers Ralph, Gary, Marvin, Larry and sister Betty Jean.
Roy was a compassionate and honorable man, living by high standards and displayed honesty and dignity throughout his life. The eldest of a large family, he devoted his life to caring for others.
Roy was a devoted and committed husband to Judy (Freckles), a dad who taught high morals and standards to his children and grandchildren, showing them by example that strong work ethic and hard work would guide them to success.
He was a grandpa known as “Pop” who had a nickname for each grandchild that they earned honestly and was always there when someone needed him.
Roy had a great sense of humor and was never short on words. He packed a powerful punch.
Roy (a true horse whisperer) bred, raised and trained numerous horses to champion success. Macleod Mouse, a colt raised and trained by Roy and a great Appaloosa champion, was inducted to the Canadian Appaloosa Hall of Fame. Rodeos and the roping arena were his second home.
As a successful business man and owner of Andrews Hardware in Fort Macleod for several years, he provided the store as the recruiting office for the shooting of the movie “Passchendaele.”
Roy was an active man throughout his life: boxed to a Golden Gloves championship, played and coached baseball, hockey, and received his black belt in karate leading him to open up his own karate studio.
The Agricultural Society of Fort Macleod honored him with a lifetime membership, and he was honored by the Aboriginal culture to be a true blood brother.
Always in our hearts, always driving our souls. Farewell to a true cowboy.
A celebration of life calling reception will be held on Monday, Nov. 19 from 2-4 p.m. at the Holy Cross Parish Hall, 2517 Third Ave., Fort Macleod.

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