Roly was born in 1897 at Indian Head. Later he moved to Saskatoon and became owner and manager of Birney's hardware. For years Birney's was the favourite gathering spot for sportsmen. He is best known for his community service and contributions to amateur sport development. In recognition of his many contributions, Roly was made an honorary life member of the Saskatchewan Amateur Softball Association and the Saskatoon Hilltop football club.
His organizational ability was evident in the success of the annual Saskatoon Exhibition Baseball Tournament during the 1940s, 1950s and the early 1960s. Not only was he generous with his time, but also his money. Roly was the recipient of the first Kinsmen Sportsmen of the Year award in 1961. In 1974, he was selected to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and in 1985 was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame.