Warden, Roy 'Chic'

Warden, Roy 'Chic'

April 12th, 2019

Peacefully with family by his side, at University Hospital, in his 84th year, Roy “Chic” Warden passed away on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

Husband of the late Colleen Lillian Warden (Forshee). Predeceased by his parents and brother Jim. Chic is survived by his brother Garry (Veronica); children: Randy (Nancy), Rick (Janet), and Carol (Gerrit); grandchildren: Ray (Charissa), Melissa (Josh), Michael (Andrea), Jocelyn (Dean), Reece, Jenna (Tim), Alicia (Rob), Dana, and Justin; and great-grandchildren: Michael, Jessica, Isabelle, DeAndre, Dante, DeVaughn and Lilly.

Born in St. Catharines, Chic enlisted in the Canadian Army in March 1956 to become a paratrooper with the Royal Canadian Regiment. He soon met his soulmate and the true love of his life, Colleen and kept his promise to show her the world. Dad’s military service took him from Canada’s most northern tip, from the Pacific to the Atlantic and to each and every province. With his family, Chic served three years in Germany with every vacation in a different country. His service also included training throughout the United States, including Alaska’s high arctic, and participating with a family exchange program with the Royal Jamaican Regiment. Chic served a United Nations tour of Cyprus in 1974-75 and is best remembered being Santa Claus as he was helicoptered in for the troops.

Following his retirement in 1976 from military service, Chic enjoyed a twenty-year second career as a special constable with the London Police Service. Recently, Chic was made a “Life Member” of the Vimy Branch, Royal Canadian Legion in recognition of his long service to the Legion and his community.

The family will receive visitors at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m., where the funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Chic are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice.

The family is appreciative for the spiritual guidance of Padre Frank Mantz; and for the compassion and support of the medical and support teams of University Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit.

                                                          Pro Patria

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Heather MacLeodRandy, Nancy and Family You are in my thoughts and prayers Heather MacLeod
Jean-Pierre (John) Dorey Sr.Please accept my deepest sympathies on behalf of myself my family and the members of the Windsor D0396 mfr division of St. John Ambulance. Our condolences. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences. We are deeply saddened by your loss, our hearts go out to you and your loved ones and may our prayers guide his soul to our Heavenly Father.
Rick NilesTo his family and friends: The London Police Service were blessed to have Chic Warden serving the citizens of London. He was “dedicated to the task of hand,” and certainly was a great example to all of us who had the privilege of serving with him at Police Headquarters. Rick Niles (Retired Sergeant 1969 -2002)
Heather Wilson My condolences to the Warden family. I worked with Chic for many years at the LPS. We had so many laughs! I loved hearing the stories about Colleen and the "kids" and his garden. You were all so special to him. Your Mom and Dad are together again.
Jane & Gerard DaweCondolences to Chic’s family, May he rest in eternal peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all, especially to his big brother. Hugs to Garry!
Dale and Dianne WhitelawOur very sincere condolences. Dale and Dianne Whitelaw London Police Service Retirees
Mission Store, Mission Services of LondonCarol, we are all so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family and will keep all of you in our prayers. From your friends, colleagues, and volunteers at Mission Store.
Richard KlojgaardDear Carol Randy, Rick and family I was saddened to learn Chic had passed away please accept my sincere sympathies in the loss of your dear father, grand father and great grandfather. Chic was a good and caring man, well liked in Cherryhill , always ready to help others no strings attached , whether it was in the gardens, organizing the Rememberance day ceremonies, or a host of other instances helping others, in my case in the last few months helping me with a serious problem in my apartment he was always there for me I was fortunate to spend quality time with him over lunches at the Oar house and the Pig in the mall, he was a very positive influence in my life, I will miss him dearly. R.I.P. dear friend, God knew you were getting tired and called you home to be reunited with your dear Colleen, your friend, Richard
Friday Red Shirt Ladies As one of the Red Shirt Ladies at Cherryhill Mall, We would all like share our sorrow at the loss of Chic, We are sure he is back where needs and wants to be with Colleen. We miss seeing them both, they were so happy together. We will miss them, and hope all the family memories are good. Much love to all of you Red Shirt Ladies - Cherryhill Mall.
Kim RandellRandy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss.
Elgin AustenMy sincere condolences to the family and sympathy in their loss. Chick worked for me several years at London Police as a Special Constable. He not only was a tireless worker, self motivated, and always intent on doing the very best job possible but getting it done in a smart and efficient way. He was a shining example to others for his positive attitude, wisdom, good personality and work ethic. He will be remembered.
Gord DeansChic will always be remembered by his many friends in Cherryhill Village, as is his wife Colleen. A great FRIEND, a MAN of HONOUR, and a 'TROOPER to the end.
Laura TeamDear Nancy, Randy and Family, Sorry for your loss... You are in our thoughts and prayers...
Murray PopeI had the pleasure of first meeting Chic while I was young Leiutenant in the army. He was the most humble and caring Sergeant I had the pleasure to meet. Many years later in London, while I was a Probation and Parole officer, I heard a voice at the front of our office that I remembered from way back. I wandered up to see and there was Chic in his role as a special constable dropping off a summons. What a surprise. We had a great chat and several more over the years until I retired and left London. Chic was just one of those people you meet in life that you remember as a truly decent man. The world needs more .
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