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Updated: 01/14/2014 05:20:33PM

Roy Thomas Hansford Wiffin

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Roy Thomas Hansford Wiffin, 90, of North Port, Fla., passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, surrounded by his family, in his 90th year in Sarasota, Fla.

He was born April 16, 1923, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Roy attended King George Elementary School and the Central High School of Commerce in Hamilton. In World War II, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Voluntary Reserve (RCNVR) and served on the corvette HMCS Arrowhead doing convoy escort work in the North Atlantic.

Following the war, he returned to employment with the Norton Abrasives Co. in Hamilton, where he specialized in the safe use of grinding wheels in industry. In 1959, Norton transferred him to their head office in Worcester, Mass. He subsequently became an American citizen. Roy retired from Norton Abrasives in 1978 and resided in North Port for 31 years before moving to Sarasota.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Greta; their children, Maureen (Gene) Hadden, Robert (Cynthia) Wiffin and Brian Wiffin of Sarasota; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his brother, Robert Wiffin of Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Wiffin was preceded in death by his sisters, Evelyn Barty and Doreen Comfort.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. For online condolences, please visit

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