Roger Albert Demarest

1947 – 2021 

With heavy hearts, the family of Roger Demarest share his passing on Tuesday August 3, 2021, following a brief battle with cancer 

Dear husband of Janet for 52 years and beloved ‘Pop’ to his girls and their spouses, Jennifer Demarest and Jason Campbell, Connie and Shawn Weir, and Deanne and Scott Harmer.  He will be greatly missed by his wonderful grandchildren: Noah (and Bishop), Hayley and Hank.

Roger is survived by his dear sister Rachelle Lang, and his sisters-in-law Julia Demarest, Judie Demarest (Ron Gillespie), and Pat Varey.  He will be missed by his many nieces and nephews and their families who always meant a lot to Roger.  He is also survived by his godchildren Nancy Demarest, Mike Demarest, Linda Kovacs, Tawnya Demarest and Pamela Gauvin.

Roger is predeceased by his father Camille and mother Germaine (Loncke) as well as his in-laws, Ed and Jessie Croxford, his brothers Harry, Alphonse (sister-in-law Julienne), Wilfred, and Ronnie, and his brother-in-law John Lang. 

He will be missed by many friends and neighbours, the recipients of lots of treats – pickled eggs, raisin bread, smoked salmon, antipasto and the best beef jerky ever!  His faithful companion, Willy, truly enjoyed her daily truck rides to inspect the crops.

Roger’s life was spent on the land – growing tobacco, cash crops, vegetables and giant pumpkins, being awarded with many trophies and ribbons for his work.  More recently, he enjoyed his years as farm manager at Steckle Heritage Farm in Kitchener and working on the home farm again.  Roger liked woodworking, ‘tinkering and fixing’, cooking and baking in winter months, family get-togethers and the Toronto Raptors. 

The family would like to thank Dr. Fryer, SE nurse Nathaniel, and the Palliative Team at Woodstock Hospital where Roger spent his final two days.

As per Roger’s wishes, cremation has taken place with a private family interment to follow at a later date.  Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Roger may consider the Drumbo Lions Club “Habitat for Humanity” fund, or the Drumbo Agricultural Society and donations may be made directly or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave, Woodstock, Ontario, N4S 3V8 (519-290-5575) who have been entrusted with final arrangements. Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared at


Do not cry for me as I will always be with you, watching over you, caring for you, preparing a place for you.

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  • I am so sorry to hear about your lost to Janet and there Family . Rest in Peace Roger. Amen

    Tom Varey
  • Janet, so very sorry to hear of the passing of Roger. Thinking of you and your family at this time.

    Wendy Hoskin
  • Janet, Jenn and Jason, Connie and Shawn, Deanne and Scott, Noah (and Bishop), Hayley and Hank,
    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss of a loving and proud husband, father and grandfather.
    In time all the wonderful memories will be a comfort but for now let us wrap our arms around you in loving support.
    Life brings tears, smiles and memories. The tears may dry, the smiles may fade but the memories last forever.
    Love, Aunt Judie and Ron

    Judie Demarest
  • So sorry to here that Roger passed. My condolences to Janete and fami6

    Chris Tait
  • Dear Janet and family:

    Willie and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. It’s such a great loss for all of you. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

    Suzanne Hanchiruk
  • Dear Janet and family:

    Willie and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. It’s such a great loss for all of you. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

    Suzanne Hanchiruk
  • Dear Janet and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing.
    Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
    Deepest heart felt sympathy.

    Donna Brown
  • We’re sure going to miss this guy! Janet, Jen, Connie and Dee – Cherish the tonnes of wonderful memories you all have of a super husband and Dad (& Grandpa too of course). In friendship – Stuart & Ann Hoard

    Ann & Stuart Hoard
  • To the Whole Family we send our deepest sympathy! Roger was a wonderful man!

    Dennis and Linda Baker
  • Our deepest sympathies for your loss. My sister and I had the pleasure of spending time with him (and you all) on that beautiful farm in Drumbo. We have wonderful memories of him and of the entire family!
    Annie and Paskale Vaillancourt

    Annie Vaillancourt
  • So very sorry to hear of Rogers passing and condolences to the entire Demarest family. Roger was always a person who I admired and wish his family well at this time. The Morrows

    Shawn Morrow and family
  • I have been thinking about Uncle Rog a lot over the past few weeks. What I remember most is his shy grin and him always having something in hand to give you. The last time I saw him he gave me all the vegetables he had just collected to take home. When we were all still working in tobacco he was the one we would call when something broke down. He could figure anything out you put in front of him. He would call out “Hey Shirl” and then proceed to ask about Ian and the kids. He was one in a million and will be greatly missed by many. My sympathies to Aunt Janet the girls and their families.

    Shirley Drever

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