November 8, 1942 - November 8, 2023
In loving memory ~
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father, and Grampy on his 81st birthday, November 8, 2023.
Deeply loved by his cherished wife of 55 years, Rita, sons John, Brett (Christine), Robert (Jennifer), and grandchildren Paisley, Beckett, Clara, and Elyse. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Brian Galliford (Patricia), sister-in-law Christine Robertson (Rod), and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Major Bruce Galliford and Betty Galliford. Born in Newton Abbot, Devon, UK, the family moved to Vancouver, BC in 1957.
Roger began his rewarding RCMP career in 1962. Spanning three provinces, he worked the K-9 Unit as a dog handler, walked the beat in town detail, and drove endless miles with highway patrol but his niche was intelligence work where he rose to impressive levels within various government agencies. He was respected for his unparalleled professionalism and unassuming character. He met Rita during a chance snowmobile outing where he joked that she almost killed him when he let her drive but it was love at first sight and this encounter quickly led to their long, happy marriage. A proud father of three boys, he lived a purposeful life, setting the bar high for his sons. Roger was a kind, upbeat man with a great sense of humour, sparkling blue eyes, and he always remembered your name. He demonstrated an uncanny ability to be present in the moment, stopping to listen and guide even while immersed in a project. He faced life's challenges with resilience and forgiveness. Even in times of frustration or sternness, he consistently maintained a well-spoken demeanour. The boys always loved to tease him about his prowess as a cook, which was questionable other than BBQ. He enjoyed connecting with people worldwide on his amateur ham radio, spent time on challenging woodworking projects and loved relaxing with a glass of red wine, a good book, and his well-loved dog Rolo by his side in his beautiful garden. His competitive streak shone through when a snooker cue was in hand.
His greatest joy was his family, and cherished times with his daughters-in-law and grandchildren. Roger will live on in our precious memories, occasionally be seen in the kid's mannerisms and felt when preparing for victory. Forever in our hearts.
Cremation has occurred as per Roger's wishes. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A memorial board has been established for Roger at the link below. The Galliford family would appreciate any contributions to the memorial board, whether it's sharing a story, photo, video, or anything else you feel compelled to share.