Henry Ely Roey
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AGE: 89 ? Lakewood
Henry Ely Roey, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood. Ely was born Aug. 16, 1921 in Brooklyn, N.Y., but lived in Lakewood most of his life. He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1939 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater as a mechanic for P-38s and also was a talented amateur boxer. After the war, he ran several businesses, including Roey's Bar in Lakewood and two businesses in Wrightstown: the Dutchess motel, restaurant, liquor store, and bar; and the UN Bar. He later enjoyed retirement in Freehold, Lake Worth, Fla., and Leisure Village in Lakewood. Ely was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and the 49th Squadron Association. He was an avid golfer with trophies for two hole-in-ones.
Ely is survived by his wife of almost 28 years, Estelle ("Penny") Bloom of Leisure Village in Lakewood; his children, Patricia (married to Mark) Freedman and Kenneth (married to Margaret) Roey; stepchildren, Phyllis (married to Larry) Davis, Herbert (married to Irene) Bloom, and Heidi Bloom (married to Christopher) Leeds; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Ethel Foster of California; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Ely's brothers, Daniel and Kalman Roey, predeceased him.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapel, 1300 Vermont Ave. (near Rte. 70), Lakewood. Burial will be at Freehold Hebrew Benefit Society, Highway 33, Freehold, with the graveside service at 3:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are welcome at Ely and Penny's home in Leisure Village afterward.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 3, 2011