Roger Helmer Tolofson of Quesnel passed away on October 23, 2014 in the PG Regional Hospital with his loving family by his side.
Roger was born June 5, 1944 to Helmer and Ruth Tolofson. He grew up on the family farm in Brockington, Saskatchewan. Roger started his first job at 15 driving tractor on a local farm. He moved on to do masonry work with his uncle and then in his late teens, he worked on a construction crew building grain elevators, doing repair work with the Wheat Pool. On February 25, 1967, Roger married Loretta Nelson. In 1971 Roger and Loretta moved to Quesnel, B.C. Roger worked at Ernst Forest Products for 10 years and then went into a partnership carpentry business known as City Contractors for 6 years. In 1986 Roger started his own carpentry business called Tolofson Contracting. He retired from this business in 2008 but continued to snowplough for various businesses until 2012.
Roger was a very hard worker who took great pride in his work. Integrity in his work was of the utmost importance to him. If you needed a job done well you called Roger.
Roger had a love for hockey and old cars. He could often be found in his garage dismantling “something”! He would take it apart… vehicles, tractors, etc, have all the parts and pieces out, cleaned, sandblasted if need be, then repainted and put back together better than new.
Roger and Loretta’s union bore three beautiful children, Rhonda Rowan, Kim Tolofson and Malanie Besuijen (Tim).
Roger is survived by his loving wife, Loretta; his children, Rhonda, Kim and Malanie; his grandchildren, Darian, Ryan, Beka, Kieran, Emily, and Nathan; his brothers, Ronald (Sharon), Dwayne (Cheryl), Eldon (Terri) and Gary.
Roger was predeceased by his father, Helmer (1997); mother, Ruth (1998); brother Lyle (1974) and sisters, Beverly (1961), Betty (1995).
A small family service will be held in the near future.