Roy Alexander Reeves was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, on April 20, 1926, the fifth of six children of Arthur Edwin Reeves and Sayde Patterson Reeves. He died in Bozeman on Feb. 21, 2008, after a short stay at Mountain View Care Center, following several years at Edgewood Vista in Belgrade.
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Roy graduated from the Sydney Academy. He studied at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., at the University of Pennsylvania, and he completed a bachelor's degree and master's degree at Universided De Las Americas in Mexico City.
During his studies in Mexico City, he became fluent in Spanish by refusing to live with English speakers. His dedication to improving his language skills and international understanding resulted in travel and study in more than 40 countries during his lifetime.
Roy served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1951 to 1953 and received several service medals. Following this, he became a U.S. citizen.
He earned his teaching certificate and began his teaching career at Madison Township High School in New Jersey. In 1968 he began a 20-year tenure at Abington High School in Abington, Pa. He taught Spanish and French and was an exemplary teacher. He motivated students to learn language and culture, drawing on his extensive travels and continuing study. He was active on the board of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, as well as regional foreign language associations, and served as an officer in the Montgomery County Association of Teachers of Foreign Language.
In addition to his love of travel, Roy still had time to play. His favorite sports were badminton, tennis and ice-skating. He volunteered at the Doylestown Hospital for many years and spent one summer as a volunteer at a home for disabled persons in Quebec.
Both of Roy's parents are deceased, as are his older brothers, John and Weldon, and his older sister, Georgina.
He is survived by brother, Edwin Patterson Reeves (Jeni) of Sydney, Nova Scotia; sister, Jean MacKenzie Travis of Bozeman; niece, Sandra Travis Hammer (Jerry) of Bozeman; nephew, Scott Travis (Pam) of Spokane, Wash.; as well as several additional nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his special friend Winifred Schlueter of Lititz, Pa.
Arrangements were in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service in Bozeman.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, 2008