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Roy M. Havelin

August 30, 1950November 16, 2021

On Tuesday, November 16th, Roy Michael Havelin, loving husband, father, and Poppy to his grandchildren, passed away at the age of 71. Roy was born in Morristown, New Jersey on August 30, 1950 to Shirley Fliegel Havelin and Joseph Havelin. He was the second of three sons, growing up between his older brother Sanford and younger brother Lloyd. Roy was raised in Netcong, New Jersey, where his family owned the Hostess Shop. He graduated from Netcong High School in 1969 and then worked in the shipping department of Howmet Corporation, which later became Alcoa, for 36 years. Roy met the love of his life, Donna, on a blind date, and they were married in 1976. Roy lived in Lafayette and Branchville, New Jersey where he and his wife raised two children, Jenna and Joseph.

Roy was an avid reader and self-taught scholar who loved learning about history. For many years, he enjoyed running and swimming, and he also participated in 150 mile charity bike races for Multiple Sclerosis. Sadly, Roy was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in 2010. Roy is best loved for his sense of humor, appetite for a homemade meal, swimming and kibitzing with friends at the local YMCA, and love of his family and friends. Roy never missed an episode of Jeopardy and watched regularly until his passing. Roy passed away on a bright fall morning surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his daughter, Jenna, and her partner, Thom; his son, Joseph, and his wife, Jennifer; his brother Sanford, and his wife, Susan; and his two beautiful granddaughters, Olivia and Julia. The family has asked that any gifts be made as donations in his name to the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter ( or the Sussex County YMCA. There will be a memorial service held in Roy’s honor, date to be determined.


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Roy M. Havelin

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Joe Amendola

November 25, 2021

My Condolences to Roy's family
Rest-in-Peace Roy
A Wiltop boy and a NHS 69 classmate
God Bless you and comfort your family

Susan Wren

November 24, 2021

Working with Donna at Sterns in 1976, I eventually met Roy and the three of us have remained friends for 45 yrs. We camped together, baked Christmas cookies every year, partied together, and shared so many great memories. Roy was such a good man with a kind heart. May he rest in peace. Donna was the best caregiver he could have had. I send my deepest sympathy to my beautiful friend Donna and their loving children & grandchildren.

Lee Laverty

November 24, 2021

I worked with Roy at Howmet for many years. I always enjoyed talking with him, sharing stories, history and anything else that we felt like talking about. He always was there to help me get packages ready for shipment. Rest in Peace Roy. You will be missed.

Julie Fliegel

November 22, 2021

Our condolences to Donna and her family. You were such a dedicated and wonderful caregiver to Roy for many years. Roy was always so happy and positive with all he was going through during his illness. May Roy rest in peace and his family cared for during this difficult time. xoxo

Jennifer Masson

November 17, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Roy and Donna and our fun family weekends with our support group. Roy always had a story and his knowledge of random facts always astonished me.
I'm so happy that we got to see him and share one last evening with Roy and Donna a few short weeks ago.
He will always be in my heart and I will forever remember him in the fringed suede jacket at Central House. 💔

Holly Woods

November 17, 2021

I too remember the visits Roy would make to SCCC with Donna by his side. Donna and Roy would also attend the Sweetheart Dinners at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton. Even though they were going through ALS, their grace and faith was so inspiring.
My sympathies go out to Donna, her children and her beautiful granddaughters. May Roy Rest in Peace!

Heidi Gregg

November 16, 2021

Remember the visits Roy made to the college and his extraordinary up beat attitude although battling ALS. Donna, always was by his side was the most caring person I know, dedicated to her beloved Roy! May he Rest In Peace!
My heartfelt Sympathy to Donna and her beautiful children and grandchildren ❤️