Winston Franklin Roan

April 4, 2019 14 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Winston Franklin Roan, age 76, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at his home in Edmonton, AB surrounded by family members.  He died after a brief but courageous struggle with cancer.  He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years, Linda, and his children Jason (Emily), Cory (Ati), Nathan (Bethany) and Lisa Hamm (Jason).  Winston will also be missed by his six grandchildren Jack, Elliot, Christopher, Emilia, Elise and Everett, and his brother Wendal (Diane) and sister Gladys.  Winston was predeceased by his brothers Lawrence, Delano and Clarence.

A Memorial Service in memory of Winston will be held in the chapel of the Trinity Funeral Home, 10530 116 Street NW. Edmonton at 10:00AM on Saturday June 8, 2019.

Memorial donations in memory of Winston can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at JDRF National Support Office, 235 Yorkland Blvd. Suite 600
Toronto ON, M2J 4Y8 (

Winston was proud of his grandson, Jack Hamm, who has type 1 diabetes (T1D) and who actively participates in fundraising to advance research efforts.  Jack's 2019 donation page is below.

  1. Linda and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great cousin many fond memories.

  3. Winston was a great guy! I remember when he hiked with me and my wife up to see the group of people with whom we have been working for the last 40 years… He never broke stride, I don’t think he even worked up a sweat! We, on the other hand, were huffing and puffing the whole way, slipping and sliding on dry grass and other jungle detritus. But, since my hair was still black and his had a few flecks of gray in it, some of the people thought he was my father!

    What he really was was my brother in the faith, and I praise God for his example of endurance and courage.

  4. Our Condolences to Linda and the family. We pray you will experience God’s love and peace as you grieve the loss of your Husband, Father and Grandfather.

  5. Linda we are sorry for your loss. We thank you and Winston for the work you did to pave the way for our ministry among the Peo Karen.

  6. Sorry to hear about Winston. We used to have a great time out at the old farm near Elkwater lake , with his brothers and sister. Christmas and Easter were always special with family get together. God Bless.

  7. Though I never met Winston in person I feel like I got to know him through his son Jason, my architect colleague, a man of good character and faith. It appears he acquired these from his father (along with the smile)!
    My condolences to all those grieving this loss. Warm thoughts and prayers offered up from Boston.

  8. Dear Linda and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Very sorry to hear of Winston’s passing. He was a consummate gentleman. I learned many things from him over the short time I knew him. Serving with him on the condo board was truly an honour. May the peace of God be with all the family during this difficult time. Winston will be missed.

  10. We are so sorry for your huge loss, but are so happy he is with Jesus and is now free of pain. We have wonderful memories of happy birthday celebrations and visits with him. We pray you will all feel an extra measure of peace, comfort, strength and the presence of Jesus as you begin life without him.

  11. Dear Linda, Jason, Cory, Nathan, and Lisa, knowing that Winston, your dear husband and father is with the Lord in Glory is priceless. But you feel the painful loss, so please be assured of our prayers for comfort, support and strength these days.
    Winston was one of our dearest friends, and we miss him also, even though we are far away.

  12. Linda and family, Faith and I are so sorry for your loss. It’s been a long time but but we have sweet memories and great respect and admiration for Winston. When you came to Thailand I was pretty young but I wished I could become as handsome and cool as Winston in adulthood. I didn’t, never even got the Yamaha, but Winston helped me see what a Godly man looked like and I am thankful to have known him. You are in our prayers.

  13. Dear Linda and Family,

    I got to thinking back and realized Cheryl and I have known you and Winston for nearly as long as we have been married; approaching the fifty-year mark. We’ve enjoyed some great times together, “adjusting” to life as front-line missionaries.

    First, there at the Primary Training Center at Durham, Ontario, and later during our stay at the Cross-cultural, Language and Linguistics School in Camdenton, Missouri. Then, as missionaries in Thailand, although we served at opposite sides of the country.

    Lastly, we might even be sharing one of the Heavenly Mansions there in Glory together that Christ told His disciples about in John’s Gospel, chapter 14, of which He said He was going back to arrange for us, then return and receive us unto Himself.

    Then, when this old sin-cursed world with all of its pain, sickness, sorrow and death is gone, we’ll be enjoying eternal life together with the Lord Jesus in our Glorified bodies, in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom. By the looks of things, that can’t be too far away. Even so, Come Lord Jesus. Amen.

    Ron (and Cheryl) Myers

  14. I remember Winston from our schooldays and later when we went to Sait/ Mount Royal and boarded at Marg. Watts house in Calgary. I lost track of Winston after that time,( no wonder- he was in Thailand on a mission), I was still in Med. Hat raising a family and working in the family business,later a Mazda dealership. obviously we both had a lot on our plates through those years. I didn’t re-connect with Winston until the last few years. But I was there when Winston got his first job, (at Park Garage0, and bought his first car 9 a black 1954 Mercury or Monarch- he was so proud of that car, with that car and his winning smile he was definitely a chick magnet. anyways I believe we lived in the best of times and wish the world was a better place for our kids and grand kids. Thats what Winston dedicated his life to. and I really respect him for his efforts, anyway the world is a poorer place without Winston, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.I took notice of the fact that Winston’s Grandson is a diabetic, I also have a granddaughter that was diagnosed at 14 mos. with type 1 diabetes, however she’s 22 yrs old and going on to get her degree, so living with this condition is getting better as time/advances come along, so I will donate to JDRF, in his memory. thank you. Vern Ruff

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