Roland “Rolly” George Hotson, age 73 years, resident of Thunder Bay, formerly of Jordan Station and Paipoonge Township, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 19, 2011, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Born in Kitchener, Ont., Roland grew up in Jordan Station. He came to Fort William in 1960 to perform natural gas conversion work. As a member of UA Local 628, he worked for Clow Darling before partnering with Murray Fontaine and Adrian Stone at Superior Mechanical Systems.
After the sale of the company, he retired with Honeywell. Upon retirement he went on the pipeline with the Operating Engineers for a short time.
Soon after arriving in the Lakehead, he met the love of his life, Larrilee Lindenbach, which lead to 50 years of marriage. His greatest joy was his family, he loved having them near.
Roland was dearly loved by his family and friends, so blessed to have shared life with this beautiful man.
Roland dedicated his life to serving God, starting with Bible school, serving in the church and missions. He lead his life as a witness to Christ’s unconditional love and his promise of salvation.
He gave freely of himself to others as Christ taught. This is the gift he left for his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Larrilee; daughter Nina Jane (Jeff) Stephenson; sons; Craig (Natalie), Brian (Jennifer VanderBurgh) and Colin (Nicole); granddaughter Amanda (nee Stephenson) (Allan) Dodds; great granddaughters Hannah and Rebekah Dodds; granddaughter Katie Stephenson; grandsons Jon, David, Emerson and Pippin and granddaughter Hope. He is also survived by brothers Alex (Joan), Bob (Naomi), Herb (Susan) and by numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents George and Ethlyn, parents-in-law Nina and Albert Lindenbach, and by his sister Irene.
A Funeral Service for the late Mr.Roland Hotson will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in Evangel Church, 1260 Balmoral Street, with Rev. Keith Bunn officiating.
Interment will follow in Stanley Hill Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held after 6 p.m. on Monday evening in the Westfort Chapel, 420 West Gore Street at James.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations made to Parkinson Society Canada or to The Gideons would be greatly appreciated.
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