Lebanon - Edgar Roy Colville III, of Lebanon, passed away on Feb. 25, 2013, at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London.|
He was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Bronx, N.Y., to the late Edgar and Irene (Bowen) Colville Jr. When Roy was nine, his family moved to Mt. Kisco, N.Y. He attended St. Mary's High School in Katonah, N.Y., and graduated from Westchester Community College in White Plains, N.Y., in 1956, with an associate's degree in mechanical engineering.
He was hired by Electric Boat along with 30 other New England Technical College graduates to participate in a six month training program designed to integrate participants into EB's design force.
He married Kathryn "Kay" Gardella on Sept. 16, 1956, in White Plains. They moved to Misquamicut, R.I. In 1958, Roy and Kay settled in Niantic, where they resided for 43 years and raised two sons. They relocated to Lebanon in 2001.
Roy enjoyed the opportunities his work assignments presented; travel to Guam, Scotland, and Spain, where he visited six to eight times each for two week periods in support of the submarine overhaul program. He also brought his family to Spain and temporarily relocated them to Vallejo, Calif., for 18 months when Electric Boat established a design-engineering office to support Mare Island Naval Shipyards engineering department.
During his tenure as a designer, Roy revolutionized the communication of information from the field to the design department and from the design department to the trades through utilization of isometric sketches in lieu of the traditional orthographic projection sketches.
When in California, Roy was a Cub Scout pack leader and, upon return to Niantic, he became Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 7, a position he held for seven years. Roy was a member of the board of directors of Electric Boat Credit Union (now Charter Oak) for 25 years and was secretary for 22 of those years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 9653 in Lebanon.
Roy had a strong sense of social justice. He believed in treating every man, regardless of station in life, whether rich or poor, whether janitor or CEO, with the same dignity and respect due every human being. He would say that every man has a station in life; there have to be bosses, and there have to be workers, and that each must carry out the duties of his station. That doesn't mean, however, that one is superior to the other by virtue of his station in life. He abhorred what he perceived to be an abuse of power by anyone in a position of authority over those under their control. It was thus inevitable that he gravitated to union activism.
He became a councilor for the Marine Draftsmens' Association (MDA), the designer's union at Electric Boat. He then served for 12 years as the union secretary, one year as treasurer, and 12 years as president. In 1982, he led the Independent MDA to affiliate with the International Autoworkers (UAW) to become MDA-UAW, Local 571. In 1990, he took a leave of absence from Electric Boat to accept a position as an international representative for the UAW. In January 2001, he retired from both Electric Boat and the UAW.
He is survived by Kay, his loving wife of 56 years; their son, Edgar Roy Colville IV; their grandson, Edgar Roy Colville V; a sister, Marie Rimm and her husband, Rob, of Palmetto, Fla.; a brother, Bill Colville and his wife, Sue, of Andover, N.J.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Christopher Colville, and a brother, Jim Colville.
A Memorial Liturgy will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday directly at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 67 West Town St., Lebanon. There are no calling hours, and burial will be private.
Please omit flowers. If desired, donations in his memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester.
Published in The Day on Feb. 26, 2013