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Roy Bugbee Obituary

Roy 0. Bugbee

1922-2012 Roy 0. Bugbee passed away peacefully on Monday, November 26th at Williamstown Commons surrounded by his family.

Roy was born on September 8, 1922 in Adams, son of the late Alva and Clarence E. Bugbee. He married Agnes Harrington on May 9, 1942.

In his younger years, Roy worked on local farms, The Berkshire Fine Spinning Mill, Berkshire Print Works and Mount Hope Farm. Later, he worked as an overhead crane operator and retired from the General Electric Company in Pittsfield in 1982.

Roy loved animals, enjoyed training horses, and hunting. He was a great game player, particularly cards, caroms, horseshoes, and badminton. He was known for his dry, witty sense of humor, story telling and straightforward manner.

A veteran of World War II, Roy served in the United States Navy (1942-1945) in the Pacific aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Princeton CVL-23. The Princeton sent her planes against enemy targets on Guam, Tinian, Rota, Pagan, and Saipan, then against the Japanese fleet headed from the Philippines. Roy took part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The Princeton sent her planes against enemy airfields on Northern Mindanao and the Visayas (sic) and against enemy installations and shipping in Nansei Shoto and Formosa areas in preparation for the invasion of the Philippines, before being attacked by a long Japanese Yokosuka dive bomber. A single bomb crashed through the flight deck and the hanger to explode below causing secondary fires throughout the ship. Six hours of valiant fighting efforts failed. Roy was among the 1,361 crewman rescued from the sea by sister ships of the task force as they watched the Princeton sink.

Roy leaves his wife, Agnes, four sons - Charles of Roxboro, N.C., Roy David (Sharron) of Lebanon Springs, N.Y., Stephen of Hagaman, N.Y., and Mark (Susan) of Savoy; four daughters - Pamela Peters (Edward) of Greenfield, Claudia Clark (Edward) of Antigua, Guatemala, Marcia Bushee (David) of Louisburg, N.C., and Jill Rand of Adams. He also leaves many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, one son, Peter Stephen, and by his brothers, Clarence (Sport), and Merritt, and his sister, Esmeralda Schoenfelder.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 30th at the Berkshire Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church, 900 Cheshire Road in Lanesboro, MA at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Adams First Baptist Church, or the Berkshire Hills Seventh Day Adventist Church School in Lanesboro, in care of the TROTTIER PRINGLE FUNERAL HOME, 6 Summer St., Adams, who is in charge of arrangements.

This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.
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Published online on 11/29/2012 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.