of Early Sechelt -- Interviews
by Rosella Leslie.
'Roy' Wigard, was born in Vancouver in 1946. One of four siblings,
his father was from Finland and his mother from Saskatchewan.
Shortly after Roy's birth the family moved up to a logging camp
in Doriston on the west side of Sechelt Inlet. They stayed there
until Roy had to start school. In Sechelt his mother saw the need
for a shoe store and started Wigard's Shoe Store in 1954 running
it until 1967 in an apartment block they also owned. After the
shoe store was sold, Roy's mother operated Sechelt's first sewing
centre for five years and finally ran another shoe store for four
years. After leaving school, Roy worked in several jobs until
he went to work for B.C. Ferries in 1964 where he remained for
36 years. Shortly after moving to a house on the east side of
Sechelt Inlet he started his own marina. He is a charter member
of the Sechelt Marsh Society and was active in the Sechelt Rod
and Gun Club.
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