It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Rolly Pharand at home on August 10, 2023. His untimely loss is undoubtedly a great sadness for his family and loved ones. Rolly is predeceased by his wife and soulmate, Debbi. He will be greatly missed by his sons Rolly Jr., Gil (Amber) and Kyle (Roxy). Rolly cherished being Pepere to Bailey, Ashby, Kingston, Xander, Violet, Owen, Brody, Reilly, Caeden, and Hunter.
Born on September 15, 1951, Rolly was the youngest child of Alfred and Doralice (predeceased) Pharand. He is survived by four siblings: Arneld, Gil, Anita (Wayne), Betty, and predeceased by his oldest sibling Gerry (Marion).
Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews, special friends, and the extended Kruk and Pharand families.
Rolly truly enjoyed entertaining people and bringing smiles to their faces. He was always quick with a joke or a colourful story. Rolly believed in helping people and he often did this beyond his means. When you needed him, he would be there. At times, he had a gruff exterior, but he had a big heart. Rolly was a straight shooter. If he liked you, you knew it. If he didn’t like you, you knew that as well. If he liked you, he probably gave you a nickname. He was the king of the nicknames.
He was community minded and a lifelong resident of the Donovan. His time spent as a volunteer at Antwerp Playground with his wife, Debbi, were some of his best years. He always put the best interests of kids at the forefront and took great joy and pride in coaching his sons and the neighbourhood kids. He was always hustling and was always looking for the next great deal.
As a father, Rolly always did the best he could with what he had. He didn’t give himself the credit he deserved, but his sons always appreciated his teachings and they learned valuable skills in life. He was very proud of them and loved them deeply. As Pepere, he loved his grandkids and enjoyed his time with them. He could always make them laugh with his antics.
After Debbi’s passing in 2006, Rolly was incomplete. He longed for her love and her presence. He tried very hard to live a full life, taking solace in his family. We are comforted that they can now be reunited.
Rolly has been described as “one of a kind”. Although sadly missed, he will never be forgotten.
At his request, there will be no visitation. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date for family and friends. Donations to a charity of your choice in Rolly’s memory would be appreciated.