John A. Roy

May 20, 1929October 17, 2020

John A. Roy May 20 1929—October 17 2020

It is with profound sadness that the family of John A Roy share the news of his passing on 10/17/2020 at the age of 91.

Born on May 20th, 1929, he was the son of Alfred and Louise Roy, and brother of Claire (Roy) Fugazzi. In 1952 he married Eva Paoletti of Plymouth and they spent thirty years together very dedicated to raising their five children. John was predeceased by both of his parents and sister as well as Shirley Scholl his partner, Mary H. Roy, his daughter in-law, Kate L. Roy, his granddaughter, and Leah Roy, his great granddaughter.

John is survived by his five children, Richard J Roy and his fiancé Joan Tuttle of West Dennis, Michelle A Roy of Santa Barbara, Ca., Robert and Katherine Roy of Brewster, Ma., Renee L Mikita and Al Gomes of North Conway, NH., and John and Kelly Roy of Sandwich, Ma. John is also survived by eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

John graduated from Plymouth High School in 1947. In 1948 John joined the United States Air Force where he proudly served his country during the Korean War attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. John was a devout patriot and often spoke with great reverence about any and all veterans who had served their country. He was passionate about his love and belief in the United States of America.

After his honorable discharge in 1952 from the service he and his wife Eva moved to Chatham, Ma. where he began his career as a sales rep for the Prudential Insurance Company of America. For 32 years John represented and served Prudential with great integrity, honesty and distinction. He truly believed in the service he provided to the people in his community and they believed in him. He often expressed how honored, grateful and blessed he was that his clients would place their faith in him as an advisor. He was accepted and welcomed in so many homes and respected and admired for his kind, pleasant and trustworthy character. His client’s best interests always came first and consequently John was recognized and honored in every one of his 32 years with Prudential as one of their very best producers. He loved his work and all the wonderful families he grew to know.

In 1984, John met Shirley Scholl and they remained a couple until Shirley’s passing in 2016.They traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Asia during there 33 years together. They adored each other and it was obvious to both the Roy and Scholl families. The Scholl children, Paul, Karen, Cynthia and Mitchell were John’s extended family and they loved and treated him with great kindness and compassion and he always felt so grateful and fortunate to have them in his life. However, it was Shirley’s son Paul through his amazing culinary expertise and talents who spoiled John every opportunity he had with gourmet wining and dining. John would count the days between Paul’s visits and would fast three days before his arrival. John cherished every moment spent with Shirley and her family. For us his children, we enjoyed and took great pride in the way our father was perceived by the people in our community. Though thoroughly committed to his career our dad found the time to share in the passions of his children as an interested and proud observer and supporter. Basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, cheerleading, figure skating, music and theatre we kept him on the run. In our adult lives our father was euphoric and proud of any of our accomplishments and sympathetic and supportive during our struggles. Our dad rarely had an unkind thing to say about anybody. He showed us the path to take regarding the treatment of others. Honesty, kindness, hard work, fairness and maintaining a good sense of humor were the traits he most wanted to see in all of us. We were most fortunate and felt truly blessed that our father enjoyed independence and great health for all but one week of his 91 years on this earth. We loved him dearly and he surely loved us and he will be greatly missed.

Our family would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to the good people of the Beth Hollow neighborhood. Kind, compassionate and caring friends to the end one and all. Bless you all for comforting our father in good times and in bad. A special thank you to the Curtiss family for the love and support you so generously and consistently provided to our father. We will never forget it and we will be forever grateful.

We would also like to thank the great team of compassionate and kind professionals at the Chatham Fire Dept. who our family could always count on to assist our dad in his time of need.

The funeral services will be private. We welcome any and all on-line condolences through Nickerson Funeral Home,

We would ask that if you are considering making a donation in our father’s memory that you consider Chatham Fire and Rescue, 135 Depot Road, Chatham, Ma. 02633.


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Peg Anderson

November 18, 2020

My late husband, Bruce, was a Prudential Insurance agent , also. John was his mentor. A totally wonderful human being full of kindness, warmth and the kind of solid ethics rare in today’s world. He had the most wonderful sense of humor. The world is a darker place with out the brilliant light of his personality. We loved you, John. God keep you.

Amanda Love

November 15, 2020

Mr. Roy was such a peach. I read here other's memories of when they were young and Mr. Roy would visit the house. His visits were joyful, full of laughter and where a youngster learned what it was to be a true gentleman!
Sending love and hopes that wonderful, warm memories prevail.
Amanda Love Lapierre

Naomi Freethy

November 9, 2020

How sad I am to hear of Mr. Roy’s passing. I remember his visits to our home when I was a child, collecting insurance money. I remember his gentle demeanor and his wonderful laugh! It was one of my favorite days when he would come to visit. I’m sending you healing thoughts as you remember such a kind and gentle man. God bless you.

Barbara Nordstrom

November 3, 2020

Dear Rick, Michelle, Rob, Rene and John, I was saddened to learn of John’s
recent death. Many memories of John flashed through my mind, as Ron
and me so enjoyed his Prudential visits. Always could hear him coming, as
he whistled up the walk.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers, at this time of great loss.
You are his legacy, and he lives on within you.
May all the good memories sustain you.
God bless you, John RIP
Barbara M. Nordstrom

Raymond Peltier

October 30, 2020

Chuck and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the the Roy family.
Your dad was a very special man. We will always remember him coming to the house to collect our insurance payments with a big smile on his face and a story to tell. John was a very sweet and kind man.
Fondly, Chuck and Coralie Peltier

Sandi Eldredge

October 30, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. Roy was such a huge part of my families insurance life. Funny only having him come to our house for business yet how everyone felt like family with him. He was always smiling and such energy. I’m sure that love of life has been passed on to all of you. Roy May you be as joyful in Heaven as you were here on earth. RIP.

John Hagan

October 29, 2020

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the entire Roy family on the passing of John Roy. I was fortunate to have worked along side John (also with Rob and Rick) for many years at Prudential Life Ins Co. John was a man of dignity and integrity, and at the same time was down to earth and had a great sense of humor. If you needed support he was ready to help. I really enjoyed John’s company. He will be missed by all.
John Hagan
Mendon MA

Mary Beth Kustra

October 29, 2020

We have many happy memories of sharing dinners with the always upbeat John in Cape Cod. He will be deeply missed and our condolences to all those who loved him.

May he be in the eternal loving embrace of our Lord.
Dick and Mary Beth

Martha Meier

October 28, 2020

My condolences to all the Roys. Although it’s been many years since I saw your Dad, I could see that twinkle in his eye and recognized that smile which both reflected his outgoing personality and sense of humor which I do indeed remember.
I am sure he will be greatly missed; sending you my thoughts and prayers.

Martha Meier

Mark Sullivan

October 26, 2020

My condolence to all John's family on his passing. John always had a
smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes. I remember him coming to our house as a kid to collect his debit and he was always in a great mood. When I returned from active duty from the Air Force he sold me my first policy. He was always a real gentle man. Our prayers are with you. Mark and Anne


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