Frederick John "Fred" Roy
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January 9, 1955 - May 11, 2014
BALDWIN - A Mass of Christian burial for Frederick John "Fred" Roy will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday, May 15, 2014, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baldwin. He will be laid to rest with Honors in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Father Bill Melancon will officiate the services. Serving as pallbearers will be Bill Cunningham, Al LeBlanc, Clint Breaux, Kent Mire, Dustin Fuselier, Nicholas Dupuy, and Marqus Christian.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday at Ibert's Mortuary in Franklin from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM, with the rosary being prayed at 7:00 PM. Visitation will resume Thursday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baldwin at 9:00 AM and continue until Mass time.
Fred was born in Franklin on January 9, 1955, the oldest of four children, to Bert James Roy and Yvonne Hairford Roy. He was a graduate of Hanson Memorial High School, and Loyola and USL, where he received an Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement. His career in law enforcement began at an early age, volunteering as a reserve officer for the Baldwin Police Dept. where he later became a full-time officer. He also was a volunteer fireman in Baldwin. His love of public service then led him to the Louisiana State Police Academy, where he completed his training and became a Louisiana State Trooper, Troop C, as well as a pilot for Gov. Edwin Edwards, and undercover narcotics officer. He retired from the LSP with the rank of Sergeant following 20 years of dedicated service. Unable to leave law enforcement, Fred went on to work for the Chitimacha Tribal Police as Chief of Police. Following his time with the Chitimacha Tribal Police, Fred moved on to work as an Investigator for the 16th Judicial District Attorney's Office, where he was a commissioned officer for St. Mary, Iberia, and St. Martin Parishes, and was later promoted to Supervisor of Probations and Issuing Worthless Checks. He was also a longtime Investigator for the St. Mary Parish Coroner's Office.
Fred was also a very faith-filled man and a leader in the Christian community. A devout Catholic, he was a longtime member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Baldwin, where he served at various times as a catechism teacher, an usher, as well as Eucharistic Minister. He was a 4th Degree member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Baldwin Council 6873, of which he joined as a junior in high school, was an attendee and spiritual mentor of Cursillo Retreat and Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, and was a bereavement care volunteer with Hospice of Acadiana. Fred's faith life also led him to the Blessed Seelos Shrine in New Orleans, which he served as a Blesser for the Acadiana Area.
His hobbies included cooking, especially with his black iron pots. He won multiple cook-offs and was always eager to share his meals with family and friends, especially his mother. He was an avid gun collector, gunsmith, shooter, and all around gun enthusiast, an avid reader, was a skilled handyman, craftsman, and woodworker, played the guitar, piano, and saxophone, enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, and landscaping, and was a dog-lover. But most of all, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend who loved his family dearly, always had kind words to say, and was always ready to help anyone out. Fred's final act of love and caring for others was his desire to be a tissue donor, which was fulfilled through Fred's generosity as well as that of his family.
Fred passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Franklin Foundation Hospital at the age of 59. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Lorie Cawthon Roy of Four Corners; his daughter, Lauren Roy Dupuy and her husband Nicholas of Youngsville; his mother, Yvonne Hairford Roy of Baldwin; two sisters, Wavely Cunningham and her husband Bill of Shreveport, and Countice LeBlanc and her husband Al of Baldwin; one granddaughter, Noelle Rose Dupuy of Youngsville; five nieces, Emily, Adrienne, Mandy, Rebecca, and Victoria; one nephew, Clint; two great-nieces, Alexia and Jentci Christian; one great-nephew, Marqus Christian, Jr.; and his faithful and beloved pet dogs, Bear, Tasso, and File'.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bert James Roy; his brother, Shelton James Roy; his maternal grandparents, John and Elphia Ducote Hairford; and his paternal grandparents, Frederick and Adele St. Martin Roy.
Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5426.
1007 Main St Franklin, LA 70538
Published in the The Advertiser on May 14, 2014