July 3, 1940 – October 2, 2019
It is with heart breaking sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Roy Olavi Ayranto on Wednesday October 2, 2019. Beloved husband of Helma, much loved father of Margaret (Chad), Ed (Tara) and Wes (Emily) and Grampy/Papa/Wookie to granddaughters Ariel, Meghan, Abby, Cordy, Clara and of course grandson Oli. Big brother to John (Marilyn) and uncle to Mark (Kate), Peter (Katherine) and Patrick (Tanya).
After emigrating to Canada in 1952, Roy lived with his parents and brother John in various parts of Ontario. The greatest part of his formative years were spent in Sudbury while his father was at a lumber camp and on his family’s farm in Dunnville Ontario. He met the love of his life Helma at Dunnville high school. They dated for almost 8 years before marrying September 4, 1965, in Hamilton Ontario. Roy earned an Engineering Degree at the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Manitoba. He began his career designing farm and construction equipment at International Harvester and then moved into logistics at Molson’s and later at Seaway Midwest. While working at Seaway Roy demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit by opening the first coin operated Car Wash in Hamilton Ontario. This tendency toward entrepreneurship led Roy into Canadian Tire in 1977. After serving as a dealer in Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland and the Toronto area, he then moved to Sudbury Ontario in 1992. His first franchise in Sudbury was in a downtown location and in 1995 he opened a larger location in the south end of the city. Roy saw his Canadian Tire operations as a true family business, he often commented that the operation of the business was analogous to a family farm — everyone had to do their share. In addition to Canadian Tire Roy had a number of business interests over the years which included a Geothermal start-up company and ownership in Sudbury Highlands Golf Course. Through all of this Roy and Helma had a partnership that was to be admired. They worked amazingly well together and took advantage of each other strengths. They had a great love and respect for each other, but in part their success can be attributed to a clear definition of roles. As their youngest son, Wes, described it as a young child. Dad is boss at work and Mom is boss at home. Roy had a variety of interests that kept him busy including recreational flying, race cars, golfing and of course supporting his grandchildren in their varied activities. He will be missed greatly, by so many dear friends and family.
Friends will be received at the Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street South (Hwy 50), Bolton (905-857-2213) Monday (October 7) 6:00-8:00pm; and Tuesday (October 8) 10:00 – 11:00 am followed by a Memorial Service starting at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations made to either:
Canadian Tire Jump Start – https://secure.ctjumpstart.ca/registrant/DonationPage.aspx?eventid=211185
Rainbows for all Children Canada – https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rainbows-for-all-children-canada/
Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com