Ronald J. Roy

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1932 – 2013

LEWISTON — Ronald J. Roy, 80, of Rumford passed away Friday, Jan. 11, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston following a brief illness with his loving family by his side.

Ron was born in Rumford on Dec. 24, 1932, the son of Aurele and Lucy (Richard) Roy.

After graduating from Stephens High School in the Rumford Class of 1952, he was drafted into the U. S. Army and stationed in Berlin, Germany from 1953 to 1955. He was discharged with a rank of corporal.

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After returning from his military service, he married his high school sweetheart, Anna Robichaud, in Rumford on June 25, 1955.

He worked for H.P. Hood & Son until he and his wife purchased the Mexico Laundromat & Dry Cleaning in 1976, which they owned and operated until 2000.

Ron was a 30 year member of the Mexico Lions Club, a member of Napoleon Ouellette Post  24, American Legion, LeParesseux Snowshoe Club, Rumford Falls Aerie 1248, F.O.E., and a volunteer with the Chisholm Ski Club. He was serving as the Chaplain and secretary of the Robert Shand Post 1641, V.F.W.

He enjoyed watching his beloved Red Sox and New England Patriots. He also enjoyed hunting camp with his brothers, bowling, fishing with his grandson, bluegrass festivals with friends, and spending time with his family.

He was known for his outgoing personality, sense of humor, and everyone looked forward to his jokes.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 57½ years of Rumford; his daughters, Cindy Gallant and husband Mike, of Roxbury, Sharon Sleis and husband, Bob, of Northwood, N.H., Karen Merrill and husband, Richard, of Fairbanks, Alaska; his son Timothy Roy and companion, Lacey Barcelou, of Greene; grandchildren, Amy and Mike Gallant, Nicole Allen, and Kyleigh Roy; and a great-granddaughter, Aliya Allen. He also leaves behind his brothers, Richard Roy and wife, Joan, of Payson, Ariz., Leonard Roy of Rumford, Jim Roy and wife, Vivian, of Dixfield, Jay Roy and wife, Tammy, of Belton, Texas; a sister Barbara Doherty of Rumford; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Ernest Roy of Lewiston.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.

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