At 8, Roland moved with his family to Yarrow, B.C. His mother needed treatment for cancer. She died when he was 9. Roland was passionate about music. After completing his masters of music education in Wichita, Kan., he taught choral music and voice at Moundridge, Kan., secondary school. He studied toward his doctorate in Kansas City, then moved to Winnipeg. Roland taught music at Murdoch Mackay Collegiate, Winnipeg. He will be remembered for his hard work and perseverance in building a music program at Murdoch where none existed before. He also served as choir director for numerous churches including River East Church, Winnipeg. Following his retirement, Roland moved to B.C. to be closer to family, whom he loved dearly. After years of struggling with dementia, he died in Chilliwack, B.C.