SPINKS – Roland Henry, 96, of Brooklyn, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on Friday, August 19, 2016.
Born in Brooklyn, he was a son of the late Willis and Hattie (Clark) Spinks.
Roland was a member of the Royal Canadian Army Provost Corps during World War II. He worked at Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited in Brooklyn for over 25 years in the wood room and worked for a time as a commissionaire. He was a former member of the Canadian Papermakers Union. He was an active member of Brooklyn United Baptist Church serving as a deacon for over 50 years and as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent. He was a member of the local seniors group and helped found Meals on Wheels in the community.
He is survived by his daughter Nancy Spinks (Louis Kuffel) of Seattle WA., his son Mark (Yvon Mahe) of Edmonton, AB. His brother Leonard (Ruth) of Mesa, AZ. and a number of nieces and nephews.
Roland was predeceased by his wife Erma, his sisters Verta Silmarie and Wilda Nichols and his brothers Douglas, Eldon and Bill.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool where funeral service will be held Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.. Reverend Dr. Steven Hopper officiating. Reception to follow. Burial will be at a later time in Greenwood Cemetery, Woods Harbour. Family flowers only, donations may be made to Brooklyn United Baptist Church or to a charity of your choice. To share memories and condolences, please visit www.chandlersfuneral.com. Roland’s family wish to thank his niece Carol and Aubrey Fralic and friends Gail Tyson and Ron St. Germain for their care and support over the years.
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Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett
We send our Sincere Condolences to Nancy & Marks Spinks & family, on the passing of a Very Special Friend & Neighbour, Roland Spinks. We all have fond Memories of Rollie. He certainly lived a Great Life, and will be missed by so many. RIP Dear Rollie. Linda & Curtis Maillett of Brooklyn.
Doug and Pat Lohnes
To the Spinks Family:
Please accept our condolences. Roland was always a kind and friendly man and one of the first people I remember as helpful on my first job when starting in the Mill many years ago.
Sorry for your loss
Walter and Sherri Miller
Nancy ,Mark and family,
We were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.He was such a nice man and will certainly be missed by many.Our condolences to all the family and this sad time.
My condolences to Nancy and Mark. I will miss dropping in on Roland when I visited Brooklyn. We had some great conversations about the early days of Brooklyn, Sunday School picnics, and genealogy. Roland was my late mother’s cousin and a fine gentleman whom I liked very much.
To the family, in the short time that i spent with Roland he was a pleasure to be around.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.May god bless you all he was a wonderful man.
Nancy and Mark, I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s death. He was such a kind man and I remember him fondly.
Mark and Nancy I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sure Erm has been missing him and they will be glad to be together again.
Donna(Fralic) and Kirk Whynot
Mark and family, sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts at this difficult time.
Beverley & Betty-Jean (Smith) Colp
To the Spinks family we send our deepest sympathy on your loss. Brooklyn has lost another gentleman who was liked by everyone who met him. Nancy & Mark the memories you have of early years and the times you visited, will help in the days ahead. God Bless you. Betty-Jean & Beverley Colp
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
We are very sorry to learn of Roland’s passing. He was a real gentleman and will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Mark, so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.
Cathy (Richardson) O'Brien & Kristen Oickle-O'Brien
Mark, so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a wonderful man, full of fun, and will be fondly remembered.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Roland Spinks. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
With sincerest sympathy
Sterling Belliveau, MLA
Nancy and Mark, my condolences on the loss of your father.
He was a lovely and kind gentleman. The memory of my last visit with him will stay in my heart.
Francis Wolfe Jr.
Very sorry to hear of your dad`s passing. I have great memories of him as a Sunday School teacher and his service in the church. Always with a smile and a warm handshake, I will remember him fondly. God Bless.
Mel Pittman, Halifax, NS
On behalf of the Canadian Provost Corps Association I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Roland Henry Spinks, a WWII Veteran, serving as a member of the Canadian Provost Corps (the former Service Police of the Canadian Army). May he rest in peace. His name has been added to our Association’s “Roll Of Honour” on our Web site. We Will Remember Him!
Deepest sympathy to the family of the late Roland Spinks. Met him a few times with his wife, Erma. Very nice man. God will lead him Home.
Mark so sorry for your loss. Hugs from here
Nancy and Mark: So sorry to hear of Roland’s passing. I remember him fondly from my early years growing up in Brooklyn. He was a gentle man who always had a smile and a hand shake when he saw you. He and Mom were great friends over the years and shared many chats on the phone and at church. I am glad to see that he will be reunited with Erma in Woods Harbour. My deepest sympathy to the family. Rod Golden
Marilynne & Gary Frizzell
We only knew Roland as Nancy’s dad but we felt like he was amongst us. I was always impressed by hearing what a kind wonderful person he was and how close to God he is! I know he’ll be truly missed but he’s left great memories and it is comforting to know he’s in heaven! Take good care Nancy, Mark and Lou.
What a wonderful man who had a full beautiful life. I know one of his children very well and happens to be one of the most amazing women in all the world. So I know he had an amazing family as well. Sounds like he had amazing friends as well. So glad he is a man of faith and is up in heaven. God bless all his loved ones at this time with peace and joy at Roland’s new life conditions. May those left on earth be of comfort to each other at this time and always. Praying for all of you. Love, Kathy and Don Cowman
Marjorie Warwick MacGowan
Sorry for your loss. Remember fun times playing at your house with all the doors.
Nancy—-You are in my thoughts and prayers. Thinking of you all.
So sorry to hear of the death of your dad, Nancy. He lived to be a good age. It still is hard to lose a loved one.. Just remember all the good times of growing up with him in your life. Love Bonita
Donald Mac Kay
“I know how hard an unexpected loss is. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy at this tragic time .
My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy , Mark & family’s with the passing of your Dad , I have many fond memories of him and Aunt Erma when they visited Woods Harbour , Penny Boudreau ( Crowell )
Kathleen ( Wentzell) Webster
Dear Nancy and Mark,
I was surprised to read of your dad’s passing and send along deepest sympathies. I last chatted with your dad when he was in the hospital and the same room as Mom ( Doris Wentzell). We caught up on some news. It’s been a long time since we have seen one another but I wish you the best and keep those wonderful memories of your dad and mom close to your heart. It will help to give you strength as you move forward.
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was always pleasant and a kind man. You will always have great memories of him. God Bless and may he rest in Peace.
Russell a. Farrell
Thank you for your service Mr. Spinks and my condolences to your family.
Nancy: Sorry to hear of our dads passing. Your dad and I go back 50 years when we worked at Bowater together. Your dad was a kind and gentle man and he was always willing to help out anyone. He was a significant help to me when I was a new member of the Union executive. I remember your mother and dad fondly as I am sure many others will as well.