Mar 15, 1928 – Dec 12, 2017
Roy Elwin Tomlinson, loving husband, father and grandfather, artist, printmaker, designer, environmentalist and creative force passed away quietly, with peace and dignity in his 89th year on December 12, 2017.
With Olga, his wife of 67 years and herself an accomplished artist, Roy lived and created an artist’s dream on the shore of Sulphurous Lake in B.C.’s southern Cariboo where they lived for over 40 years. Together they designed and built their unique home and studios where they created superb works of art inspired by their surroundings and love of nature.
A soft spoken but deeply thoughtful man, Roy was ever inquisitive about the world around him. A voracious reader, he also composed poetry and short stories, drawing inspiration from his many and varied life experiences.
Committed to his community and inspired by his environmental work to preserve B.C. watersheds, he co-founded the Mountain Spruce Community Society to knit together several of the surrounding lakeside neighbourhoods. The community park he helped create stands as a legacy and remembrance.
Roy leaves behind the love of his life, Olga Kornavitch-Tomlinson; two sons, Grant and Craig (Carol); three adoring grandsons, Bryan, Kevin and Calder Tsuyuki Tomlinson; and a younger brother, Reg (Audrey) and their two daughters and families.
Special thanks to Dr. Lapin of 100 Mile House for her excellent palliative care, the caring staff at Mill Site Lodge and the neighbours who offered love and support in the final weeks.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.