James Roland Tattrie of Hanna, Ab. passed away on Sat., Jan. 2, 2016 at the age of 76 with his wife of 53 years, Judy holding his hand by his side at the Hanna Long Term Care facility.
Roland was born at the family home in Waugh’s River, Nova Scotia. He was a son of the late Ellsworth and Myrtle Tattrie.
First and foremost Roland was a family man and especially loved spending time with the grandchildren.
He worked at many things and was truly “a jack of all trades” but ultimately he was a cowboy and a farmer.
He had a great love for horses from the time he was a kid and he decided to head west in the late 50’s to follow his cowboy dreams. He made it as far as Toronto, where some family and friends were working and decided to make some money before continuing west.
Roland never made it to the west and a few years later when he was back home he met Judy, got married and then four boys came along!
It was almost 20 years before he got the chance to head west again.
In April of 1978 he packed up the family and moved, sight unseen, to Cereal, Ab.
He loved the ranching/farming lifestyle that the west provided but a part of his heart always remained “down home”.
Roland is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Judy (Browne); sons, Keith (Irene), Wallace Station, NS; Eric, Calgary, Ab.; Sheldon (Janine), Red Deer, Ab.; Troy (Shelli), Big Stone, Ab.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by brothers, Basil (Kay), Hanna, Ab.; Blair, Tatamagouche, NS; Kenneth (Judy), Malagash, NS; Floyd (Betty), Tatamagouche, NS; sisters, Elaine (Norman) Eisener, Moncton, NB; Darlene (Don) Wells, Truro, NS; many nephews, nieces and cousins.
A service of remembrance will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Jan. 9, 2016 at the Seniors Circle in Hanna, 519 3Ave West.
A graveside service will be held at a later date to inter his ashes at the Oak Rest Cemetery (Tatamagouche), Nova Scotia.
In loving memory of Roland, memorial donations can be made directly to Hanna Palliser Long Term Care Resident Benefit Fund, Box 730, Hanna, Ab., T0J 1P0 and would be much appreciated.
Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Hanna, entrusted with arrangements. 403-854-2758, www.heartlandfuneralservices.com