SELMA, Ala. - Roy Gomes, 83, formerly of Bradford, Pa., passed away
Monday (March 25, 2013) in Montgomery.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Julia DeLima Gomes; four brothers, Arthur, Ernest Jr., Joseph and Stanley Gomes; and six sisters, Alice Rodrigues, Janet Gomes, Gladys Nunes, Lorraine Dela Fuente, Nell Andrade and Ruby Mendonca.
He is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Frances Gomes; a sis- ter, Shirley Andrade; two sons, David (Sherrie) and Roy Jr. (Brenda); four grandchildren, Lisa, Brian, Kirsten and Rachel Gomes; two great-grand- children, Cayden Lewis and Kaylyn Derringer; along with several nieces and nephews.
Roy was born in Hawaii on May 13, 1929, and lived there until enter- ing the U.S. Army
Air Force in 1948. He served in several domestic and foreign posts until being honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1954. During this time, he met his future wife, Frances, and moved to Bradford, where they were married in 1956. He was initially employed as a machinist with the Bovaird Co., then The Bradford Era as a printer, where he retired in 1994 after more than 25 years of service. After retirement, he held part-time posi- tions with both Sentry Hardware and Walmart, where he continued to offer a friendly face and assistance to others for many more years before bidding us Aloha!
A memorial service is planned for a later date, with interment of cremated remains at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, N.Y. Roy was a member of the St. Bernard Church in Bradford.