ROY NILES Roy Niles, 59, passed away Wednesday, May 1st at his Santa Fe home. Roy Merle Niles was born August 17, 1953 in Olean, New York to father, Fay Alton Niles and mother, Kazue Tanaka. Roy is survived by his son, Trevor Austin Lee Niles; daughter, Brooke Morgan Niles; brother, George Scott Niles; sister, Michele Kristina Jane Charlton; uncles: Hiroshi Tanaka, Osamu Tanaka, Minoru Tanaka (all of Tokyo, Japan); aunts: Hiromi Tanaka (Tokyo, Japan), Marilyn Spink (Allegany, NY); nephews: Sean Michael Niles, Kelly Roy Niles (both of Los Angeles, CA), Scott Ryan Niles (Houston, TX), and Kelle n William George Niles (Satellite Beach, FL); cousins: Yoshiko Setani, Setsuko Kouno, Machiko Yokomichi, Yasuko Nonaka, Keiko Fujii, Yasushi Tanaka, Masami Jenkins (all of Tokyo, Japan), Midge Seth (Shinglehouse, PA) ,and Yuko Saito (Chiba, Japan). Known as one of Santa Fe's coolest and most eclectic residents and businessmen, Roy enjoyed collecting art, surfing, snowboarding, motorcycling, camping, hiking, and barbecuing for family and friends. Above all, Roy enjoyed having fun and joking around with his beloved family. Having been raised in international cities like Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Paris, it is no wonder Roy also appreciated hip fashion and world travel. Roy was indiscriminately compassionate and generous to strangers, neighbors, friends, and family. He lived a full life all the while filling the lives others with his youthful spirit, infectious laughter, uninhibited affection and thoughtful gifts. When thanked he would always echo with "No worries" or "Let me know what else you need". No doubt, he was loved and admired by all who knew him. May he rest beyond the mountains and waves he loved. "When the time comes, you need not be scared, because death cannot separate you from God's love."- Charles Spurgin.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from May 8 to May 10, 2013