Roland J. Roy
Founder of Roy Insurance Agency, Lowell; 87
LOWELL -- Roland J. Roy, 87, of Lowell, died Thursday, May 22, 2014 surrounded by his family.
He was the beloved husband of the late Jeannine T. (Lippe) Roy, with whom he celebrated 61 years of marriage on November 3, 2011.
Born in Lowell on November 15, 1926, he was a son of the late Timothy and Blanche (Lozeau) Roy. Roland was a licensed insurance agent and real estate broker and in 1959, along with his wife, started the Roy Insurance Agency in Lowell.
Following his retirement in 1995, he began spending his winters at his residence in Deltona, Florida and enjoying summers at his home on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH.
Roland attended Ste. Jeanne d'Arc School and was a 1945 graduate of Lowell High School, where he excelled in baseball. He was later inducted into the Lowell High School Hall of Fame. Upon graduation, Roland entered the US Army until the completion of WWII. He signed a professional baseball contract with the former St. Louis Browns and played one season with their AA affiliate in Carbondale, PA until he married Jeannine and returned to Lowell. Roland was an avid sports fan, a lifelong member of the Lowell YMCA, and a communicant of St. Francis Parish .
Survivors include a daughter, Denise (Roy) Welch and her husband, Michael of Tewksbury; three sons, Ronald Roy and his wife, Mary (Rick) of Conroe, TX, Richard Roy and his companion, Kathy Crowley of Dracut, Robert Roy and his wife, Wendy (Entwistle) of Pelham, NH; eight grandchildren, Jason, Trista, Heather, Jessica, Michael, Nicole, Emily and Renee; five great-grandchildren, Staciabella, Hayden, Adrianna, Ella and Gavin.
ROY -- It being his request, calling hours are omitted. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 12:00 PM (Noon) in St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, Dracut. Burial in St, Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Roland's memory may be made to the Friends of Mel Foundation, (breast cancer fund), 200 Ledgewood Place, Suite 101, Rockland, MA 02370. Arrangements under the care of the McKENNA-OUELLETTE FUNERAL HOME, 327 Hildreth St., Lowell, MA 01850. For condolences and directions, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com