Robert F. Roy
December 27, 1920--December 16, 2015
Robert F. Roy ("Bob" or "Mike") of Deer Isle, Maine, formerly of Tiburon, California, passed away just short of his 95th birthday. Born in Norway, Maine, Bob was the oldest of four siblings and lived a life of adventure and entrepreneurship.
During WWII, Bob landed in France and led his artillery unit through the Battle of the Bulge and Germany. Following VE day, Bob stayed on with the Army in Frankfurt and organized and skied in an Army Winter Olympic Games.
After the war, Bob received his degree at the University of Maine in chemical engineering and joined Monsanto as a sales engineer and developed patents in fabric technologies. He married Janice Gordon and joined his father in the family meat-packing business, Oxford Provisions, in Norway, Maine.
In 1961, Bob moved the family to Alamo, California. He became an independent commercial real estate broker and port developer. San Francisco Bay was responsible for Bob's great loves-sailing and his second wife, Joan. Married in 1971, Bob and Joan began a lifetime of sailing in Europe, across the Atlantic, in the Caribbean, and on the East Coast. Bob was a member of San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club and the Cruising Club of America. Bob and Joan lived at "Heather Ledge" on Deer Isle for the past 18 years.
Bob became the alumni leader of the Class of Â'42 at the University of Maine and has presented the Annual Distinguished MAINE Professor Award. Bob received the Block "M" Alumni Activities Award from the University in 2005. He was a volunteer with the Memorial Ambulance Corps on Deer Isle, "the most rewarding thing I ever did".
Bob is survived by his wife, Joan, son Mike (Gloria), daughter Pat ( Larry), granddaughters, Jennifer (Jim), and Andrea (Dave), great-grandsons, Jacob and Aiden, his sister Marie Kelleher Roy and brother Donald Roy.
Bob declared, "I've had a great ride."