A Celebration of the Life of

Words from the Memorial Service at the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa,
Ottawa, Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rev. Ellen Bell
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Chalice lighting and Art placement:
Unitarian Universalists usually start meetings and services with the lighting of a chalice, a symbol of our faith.  The chalice will be lit by all of Roy's
grandchildren and great grandchildren who are here today.

Grandchildren Arthur and Erica will place some art work as representations of their feelings of esteem for Roy.  Arthur's drawing uses the following words to describe Roy: 

* honest
* smart
* scientist
* calm
* practical
* bright
* quiet

Welcome and Opening words by Rev. Ellen Bell:

Good afternoon. I am the Pastoral Visitor for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa and a community minister affiliated with this congregation.

I would like to welcome everyone. Thank you all for coming.

After the service, there will be a time of community and sharing. Roy's family would be pleased if you would join them at a reception to continue the celebration of Roy's life.

We have come together in sorrow, acknowledging the death of Roy. But we have also come to celebrate the life of Roy. 

And what a remarkable life it was! Several family members and friends will share their stories about Roy throughout the service.

I met Roy when I first started the Pastoral Visiting for the Fellowship in 2010. Although I probably knew him when I started to go to First Unitarian in 1990. I don't remember.

There are several things that I learned about Roy which will keep me remembering him forever but I am sure that others will talk about all of these things. People who knew him much better than I.