We extend our condolences to all of Roy's family. I wrote a blog post and thought I'd share part of it.
We lost a friend last week. Roy lived next door to us in Presque Isle. He knew almost everything about anything having to do with cabin and lake life, patiently answered our questions and walked us through many a crisis. We knew next to nothing about lake life, but Roy was a willing teacher.
He taught us about wells and winterizing and how to evict skunks from under a cabin. Roy helped us put in and take out the dock. He helped our kids build a section onto the dock our first year. Roy called us one winter day when a howling northern Michigan wind storm had taken down three pine trees. "Taking care of it," he reported. Roy helped us cut down trees and clear brush, turned on the electricity and the fridge and opened windows so the cabin would be aired out upon our arrival. And he advised us on who to call for this or that.
His Lab Coco was Roy's constant companion, both of them riding down the road in the golf cart. I'd hear Roy whistle about 10 o'clock each night, calling Coco in.
We'd take Roy to dinner at the Hideaway, enjoying burgers and nachos together. And we knew that a visit from Roy meant a good, long conversation catching up on Presque Isle news. We learned to relax a bit more with Roy around.
We will miss you, Roy. We'll miss your deep well of knowledge but especially your steady friendship these last 12 years. We thank you. Life at the lake won't be the same without you.
- Bill and Barb Haller