Darcy Roderick Spencer


Darcy Roderick Spencer was born March 5, 1922 and passed away in the early hours of October 2, 2019, 97 years of age, at Pinecrest Home.  Darcy was the son of Joseph and Delia Spencer.  He was born in Kenora, Ontario and lived his entire life here other than his six years with the military during the Second World War (39-46).  Dad met Mom through friends and they were married a year after he returned from the war on June 21, 1947.

He served in the Royal Canadian Artillery and was a member of the 17th Field Regiment - 5th Armored Division.  He took part in the liberation of Sicily, Italy. After the liberation of Italy, they were redeployed to Marseille, France.  They continued to push through France and Belgium, ending the war on May 5, 1945 with the liberation of Holland. He remained in Holland until February 1946, as part of the forces of occupation to assist in the rebuilding of the country. Dad was discharged in the early ‘50s with the rank of Sgt. Major.  Mom and Dad attended many Liberation Anniversaries in Holland and Italy through the years.   Dad worked at the Kenora Paper Mill retiring in 1986 as the Mechanical Superintendant. After he retired, he continued to enjoy his garden, curling, and trips over to the island (Camp Erika) where he made many memories with his family. Dad also enjoyed many trips to Hawaii with Mom during those years. Dad was a very active member of the Kenora Legion. He would attend assemblies for Remembrance Day at Beaver Brae, to speak about his time as a soldier and the importance of never forgetting the sacrifices that were made.  He would work with Ruth Bowiec documenting his military career and the Reunion trips Mom and he would take. He was also the Remembrance Day Parade Marshal for several years.  Dad was always an eternal optimist.  It didn’t matter how gloomy the day, he would always say,”I think it’s going to clear up!”  Because of his special way of encouraging and caring for others, he was loved by many people.

Dad is survived by his wife, of 72 years, Dagny, his children: Wayne (Linda) and Debbie (Harold) Laninga, grandchildren: Dana, Kris (Candice), Dylan (Tanya), Kyle (Jennifer), John (Mandy), and Lauren, great grandchildren: Kenzie, Kale, Omayja, Corey, Madison, Gabe, Kiena, Kenley, Phoenix, and Vienna. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Dad was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Delia, his son, Daryl, and siblings: Bertha, Wynard, Claire, Violet, Doreen, Vivian, Lois, Gayle, Aime, Leonard, and Allan. He is also predeceased by his “13th sibling” and best friend, Abby Marchant. From Mom’s side, the Wallins: father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Erika, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Alfie, Innar, Signe, Ann, Bill, and Harry.

Thank you to all of those who touched our Dad’s life. Special thanks to the Kurtz family who “adopted” him as their Dad and spent many Saturday morning breakfasts and Sunday evening dinners with him and Mom. He truly loved you all very much.   At this time, we would also like to thank the staff of Pinecrest Home for the love and care they gave to our Dad over the past two and a half years. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 1 pm at the Kenora Legion.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Heart and Stroke Foundation both of which meant a lot to our Dad.