Vernal James ROPER

It still seems like a dream, but it is not; Vernal James Roper who made his entrance into this life on May 16,1969, departed on August 11, 2022 after only four short months of battling brain cancer. He has left to mourn such loss, his wife Patricia and daughter Nastassyah; his many sisters and brothers; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

Vernal hailed from the farming community of Juno Pen, Enfield St. Mary, Jamaica West Indies and migrated to Canada 14 years ago. His mother was an extraordinary woman with the unusual name Soiley Adina Roper and his dad was a short, jovial no-nonsense man named Ferdinand Lawford Roper.

Together, they produced an army of soldiers; with Vernal being the nineth one.
Vernal was a young man who was particularly loved by the ladies, as they thought that he was charming and cute. Never mind that he earned the name ‘Chicken’ as a young man, because of some expressed fear; he certainly was not one in stature nor deeds. In fact, the name Stallion would have been more fitting.

He was a man who enjoyed life; he was passionate about reading; loved to cook just about anything and was not afraid of exploring possibilities in order to maximize his potential and add value to his life. He was ambitious and was also such a diligent worker. He went from building furniture to settling in the food industry; working as a chef for most of his life in Canada. He had bigger dreams for his family, but his life was snuffed out by this cruel monster of a disease, just when he was preparing to venture into new territories.

The family would like to express heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the Norwood Capital Care, who made his final days as comfortable and peaceful as they possibly could.

Final goodbyes will be given at his Thanksgiving Service on September 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel United Church which is situated at 9950-148 St.
Interment will follow at the Rose Hill cemetery.


  1. Emna

    R.I.P. Chicken no more pain.

  2. Ashley Roper

    Vernal I believe that you’ve left us too soon. May your wife Pat, daughter and siblings, find much comfort knowing that you now occupy a better space, with your maker.

  3. Stephanie Roper

    😭😭😭 My dear bro Vernal, my heart has been broken since the day I heard your result. I not the same person, I feel lost confused & torn, I was really praying for a miracle but God did otherwise. I have to keep reminding myself that you are free from pain just to keep sane. Walk good my bro …gone too soon😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

    • Dawnette Lyons-Gordon

      Sincere condolences to the Roper’s family. May you find comfort in the Lord as you go through this difficult time. The Lord knows that he could not bear it no more so he relieved him of his suffering. Rest in Eternal peace.
      Friend of Pat.

      • Petrenella

        Vernal I did not know you but from what your sister Pat spoke you were a gem in your family. It says in everything we are to give thanks which is quite hard but I am giving God thanks for the time you got sick he has not allowed you to suffer. I pray the family left behind will find comfort in the everlasting arm of our blessed Saviour. Rest in peace beloved one.

    • Milton

      Sincere condolences to the Roper’s family.
      “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms “.
      Sleep in peace bro.

      • Dorcie Hill-March

        I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Vernal. sending the family strength to get through this difficult time.

    • Sharon Roper-Wilson

      Vernal, Vernal, Vernal..your passing is so unreal; but I’m comforted by the fact that you went back into the hand of your Creator…Till we meet again. Condolences to Pat and Nass. We will watch over them for you.

  4. Herman Edie

    My condolence to the Roper family keep trusting in God he will carry you true my prayers are with you

  5. Sharon Roper-Wilson

    It is so hard to accept that one of us has been taken, but it is part of the journey of life. Be comforted Pat and Nass; You shall be well.

  6. Alicia Barham

    Vernal I still can’t believe your gone It feels so unreal . I miss when ever I would see you, you would say “LESSIE WAH GWAN YOU ALRIGHT “ and hit my back .Even though I didn’t see you much as soon as I heard that you were sick it broke my heart . I’m happy I had the chance to come sit with you a few times at the hospital. You’re gone way to soon! I’m just happy your no longer in pain. RIP Vernal much love

  7. Diedrick family

    Our condolences to Pat and the Family. I’m sorry we never really knew Vernal, but he was a great husband, father brother and friend. May his soul Rest In Peace.
    Love your family from your Toronto family
    Greg, Shawna , Kiera, Kailon and Kayla Diedrick.

  8. Jacqueline Cole-Lord

    My sincere condolences to the Roper family as you mourn the loss of Vernal. He was special and truly loved and will be missed. It is a joy to know that he settled his account with the Lord. The word of God says “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” Therefore, I believe Vernal is resting in the arms of sweet deliverance. Take comfort in these words.

  9. Peter Dziko

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. He was such a wonderful person. May the Lord comfort you in your time of grief

  10. Janice

    I will forever missed you my Brother. May you find eternal peace. ❤️

    • Unice Purcell-Benjamin

      Sincere condolences to the Roper family on the loss of a beloved member. May Vernal’s memory always bring a measure of comfort and peace. Keep the resurrection hope alive.

      • Jolene

        Condolences to the Roper family from the Cole’s family in Enfield, may the memory of Vernal never fade and I pray that he finds eternal peace, gone too soon, walk good “Chicken”

  11. Marsha

    Rest In Peace Vernal may ur family find peace rest in the arms of our God miss u

  12. Trecia Green

    My sincere condolences to the bereaved family. Sleep on Vernal. God always takes the best.

  13. Colleen Outar-Bailey

    My Sincere condolences to the Roper family. Keep the faith and remember that God is still in control. Rest In piece Vernal.

  14. Margaret Tyson

    My deepest condolences to the Roper family. I know you are going through a rough time at this moment but the great God we serve will comfort you

  15. Janice Roper

    Vernal you are really gone and you are really going to be layed to rest on my Birth month!!! Omg!!! One thing I know is that Pat and Nass will never be alone. We will be there for them my Brother so you can rest in perfect peace.

  16. Marjorie Harrison

    To the Roper family my deepest sympathy, sorry for your loss may the God of peace comfort your hearts ❤️ and be with you all at this time. Blessings and love 🙏🏾✝️🙏🏾🥲

  17. H Stewart

    Condolences to Patricia & The family & friends of the Roper family @ this difficult time. It’s always hard to lose someone you love dearly but God knows best & we cannot question why.
    May Vernal RIEP 🙏🏽🕊
    Regards:- The Stewart clan.
    Family members of Pat residing in Toronto.

  18. Theresa Kean & Family

    It’s so shocking still to hear those words “Vernal has Passed.” My deepest condolences goes out to Pat and the entire family. I know it’s so hard to accept the lost of your wonderful husband Pat who was not only a husband but a father and a brother. May God guide you through; like it says in the scripture: Isaiah 41:10
    “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” May God give you comfort always and condolences once again.
    From the Kean Family in Toronto. We love you always.

  19. SEAN

    my deepest condolences to the entire family at this time of bereavement RIP MI GENERAL .


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