Nolan Royer

It is with great sadness that the Outdoor School Alumni Association announces the passing of Nolan Royer, a former student of the ODS program. We would like to extend our warmest condolences to Nolan’s family and friends, and we wish you all the best during these difficult times.

On behalf of current and future ODS students, the Alumni Association would like to thank all those who have lent their support to the program in Nolan’s memory. Through this generosity, Nolan’s memory will live on.

Memories from Nolan’s classmates and his obituary can be found below.

Nolan… Unfortunately we never got to make our book full of the most useless paddle strokes like the “inefficient” or the “windmill”. But I could have never asked for a better canoe partner or leader. The most incredible person, and friend.

-Hanna U

Around the start of Outdoor School, Nolan was one of the only one I knew before the program. On a bus ride back to town I shared my music on my phone and I remember we were jamming out to the songs we both liked. He was someone I greatly respected, and I am so glad to have known him.

My dearest memory of Nolan rover is on a trip we had in Outdoor School. It was probably on the 3rd or 4th day of the canoe trip. It was just after one of the lunches. We were waiting for Sam, Mitch and Kim. All of us we’re pared up in our boats and Nolan brought out his tin whistle and started playing it. He started with Lord of the Rings, and went on to play the Jurassic Park theme song. He was a great person who made all of us at ODS inspired by seeing him everyday and every trip. We will all miss him dearly.

-Sean G.G.

Nolan was the most humble, kind, thoughtful and strong person I have ever met. He taught me how to walk through fire with a smile, and never give up no matter what. He showed no fear, and was always ready to take on anything that came his way. I will never meet another person as amazing as him. The world will forever miss him, just as I will forever miss him. Despite his age, he made a huge impact on so many people. Rest In Peace Nolan, You are LOVED.

Nolan taught me many important lessons, one of the most memorable being when he enlightened me to the fact that bears are not only the answer to everything, but the reason the world is what it is today.
“Why are the trees here?”
“Why do the clouds look like that?”
“How did we get here?”
He truly knew all the answers.

Nolan was such a beautiful person. he was the most humble, selfless individual with a heart of gold. It’s hard to believe he is gone but his memory will live on and will never be forgotten. Thank you Nolan, thanks for being you.

a memory – once when I was driving / carpooling people home we saw Nolan and ‘raced’ him. Bike vs. Car!
Nolan had a great sense of humour and personality that will be missed by all. Love you Nolan.

-Alex P.

Nolan was one of the best people I have ever met. He was kind and did his best, no matter what.

Nolan was the heart of that ODS semester. He always helped out whenever he could and never badmouthed anyone. He was one of the best men I had the pleasure of calling my friend.

He was always optimistic and always had a smile on his face.

I remember one day when we were working on our final interviews for Outdoor School. Nolan offered me a ride home. We talked on and on in his run down truck that almost quit on us. That was a moment I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

-Keegan L.

“why do the best people pass on?”
“when you are in a garden, which flowers do you pick?”
“the best ones, the beautiful ones”

On our canoe trip we had our kitchen pails and it was my turn to carry it on a portage. I was struggling and without hesitation despite already carrying more than anyone else Nolan offered to carry it.

-Michael G.

Nolan was a great guy and gave me such a great time in ODS, and changed me for the better. I am thankful I got to meet this wonderful young man and share memories. He was a strong, humble beautiful young guy who treated everyone with the utmost compassion. He said the iconic quite in ODS while overlooking the Saskatoon skyline, “what a modern city.” He has brought so, so much joy in my life and others, and I will miss him terribly. I have nothing but great things to say about Nolan Royer. I have many special memories with him, which I will never forget. he was such a unique, kind, gentle soul and I am forever heartbroken. Undoubtedly, he will never leave us and we won’t forget him. He, unfortunately was a much better skier than me, (even though I frequently bugged him I was better) and always beat me, it was so much fun and he taught me so much about being kind to others and skiing. Thank you for everything my “modern man”, you taught me so much. We all love you so much, and at least you don’t have to hear my brutal language and swearing anymore, haha. Much love may you be resting well and be safe out there. We love you so, so much and everything you are, and became in life. Best of luck out there, Nolan, wherever you are.

-Your friend, Sienna

Nolan had the curiosity and drive to live life to its fullest that doesn’t come along everyday. He was a driven and talented young man. His smile, enthusiasm and willingness to work hard made him someone that the class counted on, and he always pulled through. His love for adventure was contagious, even in the most challenging conditions. Nolan was someone who loved to push the boundaries of what he was capable of, and watching him grow through the semester of Outdoor School is one of the highlights of my career. Nolan will live on as an ODS legend – the kid who would run 10km to school in the winter, the kid who portaged ALL his gear in one trip, the kid who ran Besnard Creek in a canoe with us, the kid who did a handstand for more seconds than we could count, the kid who dug up the story of Spadina crescent, the kid who always had a smile, loved everyone, and was always ready to go.

-Mitch Lowe

Nolan Royer embodied everything we value in Outdoor School, and working with him was one of the great privileges of my career. I have never known a student who was more enthusiastic, curious, humble, and generous. Seeking challenge was a cornerstone of Nolan’s personality, whether it was skiing the longest trail at Blue Mountain to find his solo spot, or learning to write beautifully in a journal- he inspired everyone around him to dare to be their best. We are so sad to lose him, but find consolation in the fact that he squeezed every drop out of the time he had here. When we think of Nolan and his drive, curiosity, generosity, and heart, it inspires us to be the best version of ourselves. What a beautiful legacy to leave.

-Samantha Gunn



Nolan Patrick Royer, age 17, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. He was born on November, 26, 1999 in Saskatoon to Peter Royer and Jodie Lonsberry. Nolan grew up in Grasswood, SK.

He was currently a Grade 12 student at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon. Nolan loved and lived life to the fullest! He was always excited to share his excitement for his many adventures with family and friends.

His love of nature, being active, and his dedication to leaving the electronic world behind led to his passion for biking, running, hiking, and camping of which he was happy to do alone or with people he cared about. Nolan”s involvement in Air Cadets and Army Cadets gave him the opportunity to travel across Canada to participate in summer long adventure camps involving mountain climbing, white water kayaking, hiking, and outdoor survival training. Nolan also joined the Cadet biathlon team, medaling at nationals in Quebec in 2017.

Through cadets, Nolan was one of fifty cadets from across Canada selected to participate in PARA, a basic military paratrooper jump school in Trenton Ontario. He earned his wings and had the honor of being top cadet, which was the proudest moment of his life. Nolan”s creativity was expressed in painting, drawing, woodworking, and metal work, as well as playing piano, clarinet, drums, guitar, and bagpipes.

In his spare time, Nolan loved to read. He excelled at everything he chose to be involved in. Nolan is loved and remembered by his parents Peter Royer and Jodie Lonsberry; his siblings Dylan, Calvin (Rebecca), Austin (Tianna), Bailey, Noah and Josie-Leigh; maternal grandmothers Sandra Harvey and Nancy Lonsberry; paternal grandparents Leroy and Rina Royer; maternal aunts and uncles Acey (Sharon) Lonsberry, April (Wayne) Lonsberry, Travis Lonsberry, Lindy Lonsberry, Virginia Broadbent, Lonny Gelinas and Locky Gelinas; paternal uncles and aunts Mike (Lorraine) Royer, Bruce Royer (Sherry) and numerous cousins, extended family and friends.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Vernon Lonsberry. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Circle Drive Alliance Church (3035 Preston Ave. S.) in Saskatoon. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory