Waterford - Joseph A. Royer, 96, formerly of Savi Ave., Waterford, and more recently Windham Falls Estates in Groton, left this world on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London.
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He was born in Somersworth, N.H., March 1, 1916, the son of Arthur and Leonie (Doyan) Royer. He was the husband of the late Frances LaFlamme, who predeceased him on Oct. 18, 2000.
Early on, Joe was a professional boxer who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps followed by a stint in the Army. During World War II he served as an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Joe retired from Pfizer Inc after 31 years working rotating shifts as a foreman in the Power House. He was an engaging storyteller and a master at delivering a joke.
He enjoyed bowling, fishing and golfing, especially in the annual "Royer Open" golf tournament. In the mid 1960's he coached and maintained "the field" at Waterford Little League South. More recently, he proudly attended many of his grandchildren's sporting events, graduations and special occasions.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas Royer and his wife, Cheryl, of Florida, Edward Royer and his wife, Lori, of Pawcatuck; two daughters, Cheryl Kunde and her husband, Gary, of Georgia, Cynthia Burch and her husband, William, of Waterford; two brothers, Henry Royer of Manchester, N.H., Raymond Royer of Dover, N.H.; a sister, Anita Louise (Patsy) Spinale of Florida; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Carol Jean Royer; five sisters, Rita Henderson, Theresa Guice, Anna Wiesehan, Mary Jane Otis, Lillian St. Jacques; and a brother, Roland Royer.
A memorial service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London, with interment following in Jordan Cemetery with military honors. There will be a calling hour from 10 to 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence message for his family.
Published in The Day on September 30, 2012