FOLEY, Roger May 8, 1935 - October 3, 2016 Roger Foley has "slipped the surly bonds of earth," after eight months of illness under the compassionate and expert care at the Victoria General Hospital. He has left his immediate family, Gini, Celia and Tyrone and extended family, Don, Julie, Kim and Mike Lefever, with tears of sadness, but smiles for the memories of him. He had been an astonishing, unique man of wit, erudition and humour. He was a great story teller, loved reading and learning, and was wonderful with children, especially his own. He had a great love of languages, always used correct grammar and especially loved rereading the classics. When asked, he could instantly and clearly explain the meaning of obscure words and foreign phrases. He was a wordsmith and an excellent proof reader of written material no matter whether it was an essay, manuscript or letter. He treated each work with full focus and positive advice. In the 70's he fulfilled a lifelong dream attending the University of Victoria as a mature student and earning his Degree in record time. He was raised in the south of England during World War 2 and lost his soldier father who was in the "Queen's Bays". Roger served in the same regiment in the 1950's and saw action in the Middle East and Suez. He was in the "Merchant Marines" for twelve years, became a Marine Engineer and travelled the world. That came to a sudden end when he met his future wife Gini Lefever and settled in Victoria in 1966. He brought with him a passion for anything to do with the sky. He was a Sky-diving Instructor in England and started his sky-diving business in Victoria in 1967. He competed for attention from the audience with Gini when she was dancing on The Butchart Gardens outdoor stage whilst he dispatched skydiving students overhead. We often laughed over that early memory. He loved to fly his light aircraft, especially the Cessna 180, with Gini, all over North America up until 2008. His favourite trips however, were with his good friend, Gary Gillespie, attending the huge, international world class sky-diving meets in Quincy, Illinois. Good stories came out of those trips. He also flew to work as a Marine Engineer on the ferry boat at Galena Bay near Revelstoke and continued to sky-dive until he was in his 70's. He left the ferries when there were cut-backs and he defined his passion for the sky in a new way by becoming an expert aerial photographer, snapping artistic and panoramic photos for the department of Fisheries, Real Estate market and Law cases. Roger was a man of strong character: honest, true to his word, modest and reliable. His English humour will be remembered by many for a long time. He will be forever in our hearts as he dances "the skies on laughter-silvered wings;" A "Celebration of Roger's Life" will be held at his home on Saturday, November 5th at 2:00 - 5:00 PM.
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