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Remembering Debbie Lowe Roy

Remembering Debbie Lowe Roy
Please PLAY while viewing photos-Vanessa Lamothe is feeling heartbroken with Debbie Roy.
September 24 at 9:04 PM  · 
After a very long illness and with us by her side, Mom passed away peacefully and is no longer suffering. She was not just my mom but my best friend and partner in crime. I will cherish the memories of our regular coffee dates in her kitchen, our inside jokes and most of all, her unconditional love. Mom was the most selfless person I knew. She just adored us girls and her grandchildren were her everything. You will always be loved, never forgotten and forever missed, mom 💔
Sending hugs to family and friends who are also grieving tonight
Desmond DevoyAlways a classy lady. You’re a great mother-in-law Debbie Roy. Thank you.
Margaret MartinYou are just like wine Debbie the older you get the better you are ❤️

Bonnie StaplesThat’s one happy Nana!

Dot Smith😳Debbie love it think I went to the church to see you come out. Oh my oh my do you remember when the people in town did that . Ha ha Some people in town would not know what we were talking about . ( Linda says: I do!!!! ) Love you keep your wonderful Zest for life 😁😁😁🌷🌷🌷
Debbie Roy
June 2, 2020  · 

Forty-eight years ago today, we made promises to each other and sealed them with a kiss.
Donna Lowe WardI love this picture of you guys. You seem to be getting better looking with age!!LOL!!
Debbie RoyBonnie, this pic was taken at Stacey’s and Des’ wedding in 2007, 13 years ago.
Debbie Roy
April 14, 2017  · 

Great Grampa Gorr, Uncle Willy Gore, Bertha (Gorr) Stanzel, Laura (Gorr) Shail, Esther (Gorr) Devlin
Donna and Lee – 1979
Debbie Roy
April 14, 2017  · 

My Nanny and Grampa Shail
Beth SweeneyDebbie Lowe, Joan Baker, Marsha Fournier
Debbie Roy
January 25, 2018  · 

The Lowe Family – This is a photo of my Dad’s family taken around 1942 at their farm in Scotch Corners.
Back row (left to right) – Ivan, Gordon, Irene, Muriel, Howard, Allan (my Dad);
Middle Row – John Alfred and Ethel (Best)
Front Row (left to right) – Phyllis, Jean, Isobel

My Aunt Irene (Lowe) Sweeney, is still living

Jan BoltonYes Barb, My dad took this picture of the Lowe family and their dog on Nanny and Grandpa’s 25th wedding anniversary….May I believe.

Debbie Roy
April 14, 2017  · 

My Nanny and Grampa Shail
Debbie Roy
April 14, 2017  · 

Me with 2 of my cousins, John and Janice.
Barb DowdallBeautiful picture Debbie
Debbie Roy
June 5, 2014  · 

Throw-Back Thursday — 1976
— with Donna Lowe Ward and Gilles Roy.
Debbie RoyThere’s only one problem…our Haven Lamothe isn’t with us this Christmas. 😢😢
Margaret MartinYou sure are Debbie, you have beautiful Grandchildren
Debbie Roy
May 15, 2014  · 

Throw Back Thursday!! 1974 in Bobcaygeon, ON

Nancy HudsonThanks for sharing Debbie. Gilles Roy & The Lowe Sisters were a great team.

 Debbie and Donna Lowe, daughters of Mrs. Allan Lowe Lake Ave West and Gilles Roy of Cumberland stepdancing trio will be appearing on the Tommy Hunter Show October 8 1971 at 9 pm.

Brenda ParsonsMy heart is soooo very sad to hear of the loss of a long time wonderful friend . I am so fortunate that I had three visits with Deb in the past three years. We chatted a bit ,on line in the early part of Covid. I have fun, loving memories of my dear friend, as young children, teen years and precious late adult times.My sincere Sympathy to Debbie’s Family. She always spoke so well of all her kids etc young and older. Her eyes would sparkle each time we spoke of her Family.Her Family & all who knew her , including myself are blessed to have her love & friendship.What a true Friend I have had for many, many, years .God Bless to all. 🌹

Debbie Roy loved life, her dancing and her family. There is no doubt about it and we have lost a mother, a friend and an important person from our community. So today dance, even if you have nowhere to do it–but in your living room and please hug your family. Debbie would like that.

Much Love to her family and friends who are mourning her loss.


Debbie Roy
June 7  · 

Our 4 gorgeous grandchildren. We love them each up to the stars.

Debbie Roy

November 11, 2020  · YouTube  · Loved this song back in high school and still love it today. Oh the memories.

Gilles Roy-Step Dancer Extraordinare




Yesterday I wrote about buying a picture from fiddler and step dancer Alf Hamilton and Debbie Roy very kindly sent me this great information.

Gilles Roy

From 1963 to 1966, world renowned stepdancer, Gilles Roy, travelled extensively throughout Quebec, Cape Breton, Gaspe and Ireland to hear the music and see the stepdancing styles of these regions.  When Gilles would return home after one of his trips, he would work for hours in the basement of his parent’s farmhouse, dancing on a sheet of plywood and dodging the large wooden beams of the basement ceiling.

 His style of stepdancing is a very unique blend of French-Canadian and Celtic stepdance styles with a little hint of the Irish influence to which he adds his own technique and rhythm.

* 3-time International stepdance champion *

* Inducted into Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame – Oct. 1, 2000 *

* “Dubbed” as “Ambassador of Traditional Canadian Stepdancing” by Canadian External Affairs – 1976 *


International Tours – Germany, Greece, Turkey, France, Italy, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Venezuela, England, Cyprus with Tommy Hunter, Gordie Tapp, Graham Townsend, Carol Kennedy and Al Cherny.

Canadian Tours –  with Don Messer (9), Tommy Hunter, Faron Young, Les Danceurs Quebecois, Mac Wiseman, Grampa Jones, Ward Allan, Graham Townsend, Jean Carignan, and Philippe Bruneau

American Tours – Vermont, Massachusetts, Georgia, Washington D.C., Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Montana, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maine

T.V. Shows – Juliet, Don Messer (14), Tommy Hunter (7), Country Hoedown, John Allan Cameron, Hee Haw (3), Sing Along Jubilee, Du Cote de Quebec, Good Morning America, CMT

Other Entertainers Gilles has worked with – Jean Carignan, Philippe Bruneau, Edith Butler, Winston (Scotty) Fitzgerald, Wilf Carter, Tex Ritter, Sylvia Tyson, Anne Murray, Jeanne d’Arc Charlebois

Stepdance Instructor for “Leahy” and “The Stepping Ambassadors


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