In Memory of



Obituary for Roy Shoalts

After a full and active life, Roy Shoalts died on Thursday, September 14, 2023 in his 91st year. He is survived by his wife Vivian and his children David Shoalts (Yvonne Harris), Connie Shoalts (Rick Gorman), Mark Shoalts (Catherine), Jennifer Taylor (Glenn) and Ellen Shoalts. He had nine grandchildren - Rebecca Shoalts, Jonathan Tucker (Alecia), David Tucker (Gillian Lomax), Adam Shoalts (Aleksia), Benjamin Shoalts (Ocean), Caroline Campbell (Dan), Stephanie Taylor, Aaron Taylor and Oliver Mohan (Rachel). He was also the great -grandfather to 11 children - Francesca, Millie and Harvey Tucker, Thomas, Adrian, Juniper and Heath Shoalts, Garrett and Elyse Campbell and Emilia and Bruce Mohan. He is also survived by his sisters Mary Jane Robinson and Nancy Payson (Ron). Roy was predeceased by his brothers Lester and Robert (Tish) Shoalts, sister Doris Marr, brothers-in-law Glen Marr and Arthur Robinson and sister-inlaw Sandra Shoalts. He was also predeceased by his beloved grandson Matthew Shoalts. Roy operated Shoalts Construction for more than thirty years in the Niagara, Haldimand and Hamilton area. What he enjoyed most were the historic restorations like the ones he did for Public Works Canada on Fort George, Butler's Barracks and Old St. John's Anglican Church. He also did considerable restoration work at Ball's Falls Conservation Park. The many churches built by him remain as a testament to his legacy. Roy wanted the communities he lived and worked in to be vibrant and successful. He focused much energy on the successful effort to paint murals on Welland buildings in order to boost the local economy through tourism. In 1988, he helped bring in artist Dan Sawatzky, who put his hometown of Chemainus, B.C. on the map with murals, to begin the project with a group of fellow painters. Nearly 30 murals were completed over the next few years. When the building with one of Sawatzky's murals was sold and scheduled for renovation, Roy directed the extraordinary engineering effort that saw the wall with the mural moved to another downtown site where it stands alone. Antique tools were another passion for Roy. He belonged to the Tool Group of Canada and The Early American Industries Association for many years; he was a board member of EAIA from 2011-2016. The EAIA was founded in 1933, the year of Roy's birth. For tool collectors, it is the preeminent organization in North America, and arguably the world, whose objective is to "preserve and present historic trades, crafts, and tools and interpret their impact on our lives". Roy's tool collection filled rooms. He could look at any wood-working plane and tell you all about what it did, when it was made, what it was for, and how the wood-worker used it. And he was happy to demonstrate that at the Marshville Festival or to any visitor to his workshop. His greatest gift to the family was simply known as PEI. Roy and Vivian purchased what was left of a small farm in New London, PEI in 1990 and this became a cherished second home. Roy's restoration of the farmhouse, which was on the brink of destruction, earned him the Architectural Preservation Award in 1992 from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. The award goes to those who make outstanding contributions to the preservation of the heritage of PEI. Over the years, Roy directed an expansion of the property to accommodate his family but always in a manner that reflected the late-19th-century period of the farmhouse. He was very generous in inviting friends, family, friends of family, families of family to come and share in the beauty of Canada's smallest province. He felt so at home as he sat on the front porch and looked out over New London Bay. This second home and community that he embraced reminded him of his happy years growing up on the family farm in Wainfleet. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the very compassionate staff at Pioneer Elder Care. Their unwavering kindness and dignified care during these final months for Roy were unbelievable. We are overwhelmed by how much you loved him. Thank you. We invite you to Christ Church, 31970 Church Street, Wainfleet, on Friday, October 20 for a celebration of Roy's life at noon. There will also be a reception and social gathering from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. We welcome you to take part in either or both