FARMINGTON — Raoul G. Roy, 92, of Jay, passed away Sunday, Feb. 20, at Franklin Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born in Chisholm, May 3, 1918, the son of Paul and Angele (Boucher) Roy. He graduated with honors from Jay High School in 1937. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corp at Camp Jefferson in North Whitefield and was the dispensary attendant with Dr. Blum.

On April 26, 1943, he married Jeannette V. Therrien at St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay. Jeannette predeceased him in 2009.

He served his country in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and received several medals in recognition of his service. The Good Conduct Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Bronze Star, were among the medals he often spoke about. Raoul always related the stories of his time in the service and the rigors of the battles of World War II to the appreciation he had for his family and the need for everyone to honor the freedom we enjoy. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in charge of a machine gun section for I Company of the 103 Infantry.

After leaving the service, he was employed by the IP and retired after 42 years. He belonged to the Quarter Century Club, the KC Council 320 and VFW Post 3335.

Raoul always had a project at his home on the hill or cottage on Round Pond. He and Jeannette were happiest when they could share the riches of their lives with all who needed a helping hand, a front porch swing, a backyard bonfire, or a competitive card game. He was a faithful attendee of St. Rose Parish and served as part of the VFW Color Guard as long as he could. He always had a keen interest in politics and world events. He shared these opinions with everyone including many published letters-to-the-editor of local newspapers. His passing marks the loss of another member of the “Greatest Generation.”

He is survived by four children, Rita and her husband, Michael Ditata, of Jay, Daniel Roy and his wife, Rose, of Poland, Randel Roy and his wife, Denise, of Glenburn and Sheila Roy and her husband, James Lomac, of Cape Elizabeth; daughter-in-law, Vicky Roy of Poland; nine grandchildren, Angela Chretien, Nicole Ditata, Anthony (Tony), Andrew, and Brittany Roy, Rebecca Cabellon, Kathleen Peschiera, and Russell and Brandon Roy; 11 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

He will be truly missed.

A special thank-you to nephew Richard Roy of Jay for his thoughtfulness and attentions he gave to Raoul.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Jocelyn Collins, Margaret Leblond, Paula St. Gremain, Callie Yankura and Dr. Heidi Decker.

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