GREENE — James Paul Roy, 62, of Greene, died peacefully at home after a short, but courageous battle with brain cancer Monday, Nov. 12, with his family by his side.
Jim was born in Lewiston, Oct. 28, 1950, the son of Philibert and Yvonne Roy. Educated locally, he was a graduate of Lewiston High School, Class of 1969, and joined the National Guard. He met his wife, Sue Poole in the fall of 1968, and they married in May 1971.
He worked several years for his father in construction, but decided to open his own Bait and Tackle Shop in the late 1970s in New Auburn. Jim started the Trapping Club in Lewiston in the 1970s and was a member of the National Trapper’s Association. He loved to teach and was a trapper instructor for many years.
Jim and Sue had two children, Kaleb and Jamey, and in 1985, moved to Greene to raise their family. In 1987, he established his own construction company, J.P. Roy Builder. His business thrived in the Yarmouth and Freeport area until his retirement from building in 2005.
He worked part time doing home inspections for a couple of years before fully retiring. Jim had many hobbies that included boating, snow skiing, fishing and trapping. He was a Master Maine Guide who enjoyed every day and every season, always seeking the next adventure.
The fall was spent hunting with Kaleb. The summer was for camping and tubing with “his girls.” The family would go to “Honey Moon Island” to camp, cook, and drink a few “miracles.” He treasured the oldies. His life was filled with music and laughter. He loved going to the American Legion in New Auburn to watch karaoke.
He cherished his family and friends, especially Friday nights at Buddy T’s with the gang. He enjoyed impersonating Ron White at many events with his own original routine. He always had a story; “the year of the blue snow” and “Tales of the Kuiocs,” and he loved lobsters on Sunday nights at home for two.
He will be missed dearly by his loving wife, Susan Roy of Greene; their children, son, Kaleb Roy and girlfriend, Lorri Dougherty, of Falmouth and daughter, Jamey Cotnoir and husband, Pat, and their two children, Taylor and Colby of Monmouth; three brothers, Phil and wife, Paulette, of Jay, Ron and wife, Sandy, of Auburn and Mike of Florida; a brother-in-law, Dave Thibodeau of Lewiston; sister-in-law, Kay Turner of Spartanburg, S.C.; mother-in-law, Dorothy Poole of Greene; and nieces and nephews, Ashley and Ryan Thibodeau, Josh Turner and Dave, Matt, Chad and Emily Roy. He will rest forever with his sister-in-law, Cindy Thibodeau, who lost her battle with ALS in August. They can canoe together as they had enjoyed years before and watch over our families.
He was predeceased by his nephew, Michael Turner of Spartanburg, S.C.; Nov. 8; nephew, Jake Roy; mother and father, Yvonne and Philibert Roy; father-in-law, Vernon Poole; and brother-in-law, Ben Turner.
Many thanks to our friends and family for all your support. Thank you Dr. Katarina Latkovich and Dr. Sue Mandell and their nurses for the care and compassion they provided our family. Also a special thanks to Karen DeGrandpre LCSW at CMMC radiation/oncology for her support and guidance through this most difficult time, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and his nurse Sheryl and our counselor Theresa for being there throughout Jim’s final days. You are all forever cherished in our hearts. Donations, condolences and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.