With broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of Richard Joseph Oscar Roy on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the age of 66.
Born in Noelville, Ontario on October 5, 1952 at his Aunt Lou’s house, as he fondly remembered. Devoted husband and best friend of Diane (née Page) for 34 years. Loving father of Amanda McAuley (David) and Adam Roy. Proud Papa and buddy of Henry Richard McAuley, who brought him so much joy. Predeceased by his parents, Ovila and Loma Roy. Dear brother of Patricia Snow (late Don “Zeke”) of Sudbury, Elaine Pidgeon (Keith) of Sudbury and Brother Bob Roy of London. Brother-in-law of Joyce Fleury (Edsel I) of Cherryville B.C., John Page, Maxine Smale (Wade), Rick Page and Michelle Jamieson (Mark), all of Sault Ste. Marie. He was a special uncle and great uncle to 28 nieces and nephews.
Richard grew up in the French River and often shared stories about his childhood and shenanigans with his siblings and best friend Keith. He was happy to share summer vacations with his wife, kids and family at Wolseley Bay where he grew up. He was a great storyteller even when his stories were anything but short. He may not have gotten names or dates right, but we loved his stories anyway.
Richard was a retired Paramedic with 34 years of service with the Sault Area Hospitals Ambulance Services and Algoma EMS. He proudly served the Algoma area and was truly grateful for the friendships he built over the years. He felt fortunate to retire at the age of 55, and enjoyed keeping busy with constant household projects and certainly put his talented carpentry skills to use.
He looked forward to and enjoyed fishing trips and hunting season with the boys. He was the proud Captain of the Indecision Sea Ray “yacht” with almost 20 years of boating adventures with his first mate. Richard loved to travel to many different places before settling into a winter home in Arizona for the past 4 years.
His friends at Greenfield Village will miss him and his helping hands. He will be forever remembered by all who knew him.
Following Richard’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral services and a private celebration of life will be held.
In honour of his 100+ donations of giving blood, memorial donations to the Canadian Blood Services (https://blood.ca/en) would be appreciated by the family.
A special thank you to the EMS team, P. Guertin and M. Casola for their care and support.