Roy Walmsley

Obituary of Roy Patrick Walmsley


1936  -  2021


Passed peacefully at home on December 16.


Born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire he graduated in Physical Therapy along with his first wife, Margaret

(deceased) in Sheffield UK, at which time they emigrated to Canada in 1957.  He worked as a therapist

at Hamilton Childrens Hospital until 1963, when they returned to Sheffield for extra qualfications. 

In 1966 they resumed life in Canada to work at the University of Toronto.  In 1967 Roy was recruited

to establish the Physiotherapy Programme within the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queens

University.  He served as Head of the School for 3 decades.  During that time Roy graduated with a

Bsc. Queens, Msc. Minnesota, PHD in Bio. Medical Engineering, Strathclyde, Glasgow (1994).  He

Chaired the Discipline Committee of the College of Physiotherapists.  Served Internationally as an

External Examiner.  He also taught in Australia, Ukraine and Jamaica.


Roy is survived by his wife Pam, his sons, Paul (Judy), Mark (Carol), Grandsons, Trevor (Laura) and

Kyle. He was blessed with the arrival of his Great Granddaughter, Naomi in June.


Roy's retirement pursuits included extensive travel on the rivers of Europe, small ship cruising, and

birding in North and South America.  He loved to play racquet sports, in particular, squash, badminton

and pickle ball.  When not watching Manchester United Soccer, he might be playing Duplicate Bridge

or walking his dog, Sam.


Charitable donations can be made to Kingston Humane Society, Partners in Mission Food Bank and

St. Vincent de Paul Society.


Special thanks to Drs. A. Robinson, A Ross and E. Weiss.


A celebration of Roy's life will be held on Cartwright Point in the summer of 2022