OBITUARY

Roy Bunker Hope

January 18, 1939December 29, 2018
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Roy Bunker Hope died surrounded by family on Saturday, December 29th at Falmouth Hospital.

Roy and his twin brother, Robert, were born at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital on January 18th, 1939. Roy lived most of his life on the Vineyard and retired to Bourne in the last ten years.

After graduation from the Vineyard Haven High School, Roy entered the United States Air Force and was stationed for five years in Kansas and Germany as a radar operator. He returned to the Island from his duty in the service and soon thereafter began his career with the utility company ComElectric as a lineman. Fortunately for him, in those days they didn't have GPS, because the big yellow trucks could often be found parked at Linda Jean's or the Airport Diner or wherever they served hot coffee. He retired from keeping the lights on in 1997.

Roy married Elizabeth (Betsy) Healey in 1965. Together, they had three children—Roy, Brenda, and David.

Roy met his second wife, Sherrill (Sherry) McMorrow, in 1976 at the Ocean View Restaurant after she accidentally tripped him. With her three daughters and his two sons and daughter, they became the Brady Bunch for the next 42 years. Roy was known as ‘Big Roy’ to his stepdaughters and in later years as Pa.

Back during a time when there was a bit more of South Beach, many summer weekends included 4-wheeling and cookouts with all the kids. For almost ten years, until 1997, he and Sherry owned and ran "The Last Resort" food truck at the Big Bridge.

Of course, as an Island boy, Roy grew up with a love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing. The Derby was always looked forward to and, although a place at the podium eluded him, Roy won Sportsman of the Year in 1979. He was present along with Sherry and his son Roy at one of the Derby’s most legendary moments—the "Columbus Day Blitz" of 1981.

Fall, a time he truly enjoyed, was spent with his sons, friends, and family at hunting camps in New York, West Virginia, and Iowa. His homemade chowder and boiled dinners were always favorites at camp. Roy took his last stand in Iowa on November 10, 2017.

Roy was predeceased by his parents, Clinton "Curly" Irvin Hope and Evelyn May Bunker, as well as his brother, twin Robert Irvin Hope.

Roy is survived by his loving wife, Sherrill Hope, of Bourne, and his sister, Marcia Hope Merrill, of Vineyard Haven. He is also survived by his children, Roy Clinton Hope and his wife Kathy Lacek Hope of West Tisbury, David Hope and his wife Meggan Mantenuto Hope and their children Lily and Landon of Bourne, and Brenda Hope of Sarasota, Florida, as well as his stepchildren, Michelle McMorrow of Bourne and her son CPL Christopher R Perry USMC and his wife Morgan Reardon Perry of Garner, North Carolina, Brenda McMorrow of Bourne, and Lee McMorrow of St. Petersburg, Florida.

He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand- nephews, all of whom will miss their beloved Uncle Roy. Roy loved his children with all his heart and did his best to support and steer them through life. He enjoyed his grandchildren very much and went to many youth hockey games to watch Landon and Christopher play. Some of his very last words were "God bless my kids" God bless you, Dad. Safe journey and we will all be looking for you.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 5th at 12:30 pm at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA 02532. Visitation 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to service.

  • FAMILY

  • Clinton "Curly" Irvin Hope, Father
  • Evelyn May Hope, Mother
  • Robert Irvin Hope, Brother
  • Sherrill (Sherry) Hope, Wife
  • Marcia Merrill, Sister
  • Roy Clinton Hope, Son
  • Kathy Lacek Hope, Daughter-in-law
  • David Hope, Son
  • Meggan Mantenuto Hope, Daughter-in-law
  • Brenda Hope, Daughter
  • Lily Hope, Grandchild
  • Landon Hope, Grandchild
  • Michelle McMorrow, step-daughter
  • CPL Christopher R Perry USMC, step-grandchild
  • Morgan Reardon Perry, step-grandchild-in-law
  • Brenda McMorrow, step-daughter
  • Lee McMorrow, step-daughter
  • He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-
    nephews, all of whom will miss their beloved Uncle Roy.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial
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