ROYEdward M., “Ted,” 76, of Nahant, Massachusetts passed away January 22nd at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House with his family by his side after a long battle against the awful and cruel Alzheimer’s disease. Ted was born on November 22, 1939, and raised in Nahant. Predeceased by his parents, James F. and Elizabeth (Sullivan) Roy and his older brother James F. Roy Jr. Surviving are his daughter Stacey (Roy) Rogers of Falmouth, Maine and her husband Matthew; and his sons Ted Roy Jr. of Pensacola, Florida and his wife Lisa; Stephen J. Roy of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Justin L. Roy of Durham, Maine and his wife Billie-Jo. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nate and Liza Rogers, Anna Roy, Dylan, Hunter and Sophie Roy, Kami and Julie Roy, and Luke and Savannah Jacobi, as well as Betty (Pratt Roy) Gatchell, the mother of his children, and her husband Leslie Gatchell of Jay, Maine, whom Ted adored; also his sister Betty Ann Roy of Revere, Massachusetts. Ted grew up in Nahant, and attended St Mary’s High School in Lynn. After high school, Ted served his country and went into the Marine Corp. After completing his military service as a Marine, Ted started his lifelong career as a Union Ironworker in Boston for Local 7. He loved bragging about 2 things in life; his family and his Ironworking. Ted loved his family, and you could never run into him and not hear all about his children, grandchildren, In-laws and “grand-dogs”. Ted was always described by his friends and fellow Ironworkers as “one of the hardest working men they have ever known”. Ted was on the crews which constructed many of Boston’s tallest buildings. His fingerprints will forever be on the landscape of Boston as well as on the hearts of everyone who ever knew him. Ted was proudly a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 25 years, and would support anyone who needed his help as a sponsor. He was a man of quick wit and always the life of the party. He had a fun life and seemed to enjoy it up until Alzheimer’s took over. Thankfully his children and grandchildren have fun and fond memories of their Father/Grampa, ones that always have them laughing. He was generous and always wanting to lend a hand to anyone who needed help. He will be deeply missed. Thanks to the Maine Medical Center staff who gave our father the best care since his diagnosis. Our family is so thankful to have had you in our father’s life. Heartfelt thanks to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, who treated him with dignity and respect, just as he deserved. His funeral will be held on Tuesday at 9AM from the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St. (Rt 1A), LYNN, followed by a Funeral Service at 10AM in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Nahant. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Nahant. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Monday from 4-8PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ted’s name can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a charity that he has always held close to his heart (his daughter has had type 1 Diabetes since the age of 3). Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.
Solimine Funeral Homes
67 Ocean Street
Lynn, MA 01902
Published in Boston Herald on Jan. 24, 2016