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Roy Allen Bickell

BICKELL, Roy Allen - It is with great sadness that the family of Roy Bickell announce his passing on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Roy was born October 2, 1930 in Grande Prairie. He grew up on a grain farm in the DeBolt area and began his schooling at the Edson Trail School. In 1942 the Bickell family relocated to Grande Prairie for better educational opportunities, where his father and partners owned a large planing mill at which Roy worked, while attending school. Following graduation Roy began work at the family lumber mill north of DeBolt. In 1951 Roy married Noreen Katherine Coogan. They established a home on his Grandfather’s original homestead north of DeBolt and took over the Bickell family operations. At this time Roy continued to work in the woods for Canfor. In 1968 the family moved to Grande Prairie. Roy continued to work with Canfor for 37 years, during which time, he held a variety of increasing responsibilities, including moving to Vancouver in 1984, as the Director of forest product. While in Grande Prairie and Vancouver, Roy continued to manage the family farm. Through his time with Canfor, Roy joined the board of directors for AGT, which continued for 18 years through the takeover of Edmonton Tel, BC Tel and ultimately, the amalgamations into what is now known as Telus. He retired from Canfor in 1991 as the President and the Chief Operating Officer and relocated back to Grande Prairie to enjoy family and retirement, where he took on a number of Consulting roles including but not limited to Ainsworth Lumber and doing an OSB plant study in Vietnam. Following Roy’s consulting work, he finally had some free time to get back to one of his passions, fossil collecting. Roy could be found on most sunny days with various wonderful friends and family (Robert “Bob” Bickell, Henry Dietrich, Wayne Bauman, Willard Logan and Ted Halwa) on the side of a riverbank or in an old dried up creek bed with his pick and hammer. This passion resulted in amassing one of the largest private collections of fossils in private hands. He has chosen to donate his entire collection to Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum and had previously donated several pieces to the Grande Prairie Center 2000, Grande Prairie Museum and DeBolt Museum. From his hard work and dedication to the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society (Philip J. Currie Museum) the bridge, which Roy created the trail to one of the bone beds for, was named the Bickell Bridge, in his honour. Roy loved the time spent with his family, friends and in the great outdoors. Roy was predeceased by his father John Richard Bickell, his mother Nettie Marie Bickell (Allison), brother Richard George Bickell, sister Charlotte Marie Bickell (Anderson), brothers in-law Jack Coogan and Gerry Coogan, and his daughter Debra Elaine Ditch (Bickell). Roy is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Noreen Katherine Bickell (Coogan), daughter Judy Brewster (Aubrey), son Richard Allen Bickell, son in-law Rod Ditch; grandchildren: Jeff Brewster (Tanya and children Brianna, Katelyn, Andrea and Makenna), Kirby Aldred (Todd and children Mick, Leo and Oaklynn), Haley Ditch (Cody Woolsey) and Marina Bochsler (Bob); brothers William “Bill” Bickell (Dona Jean), Robert “Bob” Bickell (Jeannette), and Harvey Bickell (Carol); brothers in-law David Coogan (Nina), and Brian Coogan (Karen); sisters in-law Sheila Coogan and Marjorie (Curly) Coogan; as well as many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. A celebration of Roy’s life will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2:00pm at Grande Prairie Alliance Church (15502 102 St.). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum (Box 328 Wembley, AB T0H 3S0), or to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.oliversfuneralchapel.com12911366
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A great man
Posted by Joy Janssens (Tanya's Mom) On Wednesday, April 1, 2015
My condolences to Grandma Bickell and Jeff and family, and the many other family members. He was a great man.
Posted by Kerry King (friend) On Thursday, March 26, 2015
Noreen, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you.

I am Hazel Bloomfield daughter I live in Kelowna bc

The Gentleman
Posted by Mike and Gail Frey (Friends) On Wednesday, March 25, 2015
We are going to miss the gentle kind things that made Roy Bickell. A dedicated manager as well as a leader in many different projects and organizations.

We are thinking of the families as they spend the next few weeks travelling down the path of mourning.

Sorry that we will not be able to be present with you on the 28th.

A man who treated people with respect
Posted by Ray and Elaine Aldred (former employee) On Wednesday, March 25, 2015
As a former employee of Canfor, I saw Mr. Bickell on numerous occasions and remember when he was addressing us he always treated with great respect. Later, when I had the priviledge of conducting the wedding cermony for his grand-daughter and my nephew, again he was the epitime of what it was to be a true human being.
da boy from DeBolt...
Posted by Phil Bell (Friend and fellow fossil finder) On Wednesday, March 25, 2015
...he told me that with a smile on one of our many excursions to collect dinosaur fossils in the Peace Region. What a kind-hearted and generous soul, always ready with his quad, some winches, and a chainsaw. And always showing us young bucks up! We'll miss you, Roy.

With fond thoughts for Noreen and all the family all the way from Australia,

Phil and Marcia Bell

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