OBITUARY

Gratien "Bob" R. Roy

December 27, 1943March 12, 2019
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AUBURN: Gratien “Bob” R. Roy, 75, of Lewiston, Maine passed away at the Hospice House early Tuesday morning March 12, 2019 with his family by his side after fighting the good fight against Dementia/ Alzheimer’s for the last several years. Gratien was born in Lewiston, Maine on December 27, 1943 to his loving parents Sylvia (Champoux) and Rosaire Roy. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1962. Gratien proudly and bravely joined the Army Reserves after graduating from high school during the Vietnam War draft, but because he was an only child, he did not get called to active duty. As a young husband and father, Gratien decided to join the Lewiston Fire Department after some prodding by his father, and spent 33 proud years serving the city of Lewiston. He earned the rank of Lieutenant in 1986 and retired in 2001 having spent most of the latter years stationed at the Sabattus Street Fire Station on Engine 4. Gratien also held many other jobs in addition to firefighting through the years. Some of the other places he worked were Hudson Bus Lines as a bus driver, Lewiston Lumber as a lumber lot attendant, Reliable Oil as an oil/coal delivery person and he also owned his own Lawn Care Business. When not working, Gratien kept very busy by puttering around the house and building and creating things, riding his many motorcycles, attending fishing and snowmobiling trips, and camping with his family.

In 1996, Gratien met his “soul mate” Cecilia (Cissy) Harkins and they spent many years together raising their fur and feather “babies”, camping seasonal while working at the Augusta West Campground, and spending cherished time with their children, grandchildren, family and friends. He also enjoyed dressing as Santa, for obvious reasons, and would arrive by boat at the campground every summer to celebrate Christmas in July. He also served as the Marden’s Santa in Lewiston for many years. The years after Cissy passed in 2015 were difficult for him. During this time he took solace in caring for his beloved dog and cat, and walked them both daily. He also made it his mission to cheer people up everywhere he went in the community. He truly loved to make people laugh. Gratien was very proud of, and is survived by his two children, his daughter Susan and her husband Mike St Hilaire, and his son Michael R Roy. His five grandchildren were a big part of his life and he loved to spend time with them and cheer them on at sporting events and other activities. His grandchildren are Bethany (St Hilaire) Tyburski and her husband Alex, Bobby St Hilaire, Micaela Roy and wife Sheila, Aiden Plourde, and Dacyn Roy. He also has three great- grandchildren, Dominic, Maura and Lucas Matchett. Although Gratien was an only child, he considered his first cousin, Linda Rodrigue, currently of Quebec, Canada, to be his sister and they shared a special bond that continued throughout their lives. Gratien is predeceased by his parents, Sylva and Rosaire Roy; his first wife and mother of his children Diane (Jolin) Fontaine; and his long time companion Cecilia Harkins.

Gratien’s family wishes to acknowledge and thank Dr. Jeffrey Brown and the incredible staff who cared for him at the Woodlands, Clover Health Care and the Hospice House. Visiting hours will be held at Fortin\Lewiston on Monday March 18, 2019 from 5-8pm. A Liturgy of the Word service will be celebrated on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 11am also at the funeral home followed by committal prayers at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston.

Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Gratien’s memory to either Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240 or the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association 383 US Route 1 Suite 2C Scarborough, ME 04074.

Condolences may be shared with Gratien’s family at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 70 Horton St. Lewiston, 784-4584.

  • FAMILY

  • Gratien was very proud of, and is survived by his two children, his daughter Susan and her husband Mike St Hilaire, and his son Michael R Roy. His five grandchildren were a big part of his life and he loved to spend time with them and cheer them on at sporting events and other activities. His grandchildren are Bethany (St Hilaire) Tyburski and her husband Alex, Bobby St Hilaire, Micaela Roy and wife Sheila, Aiden Plourde, and Dacyn Roy. He also has three great- grandchildren, Dominic, Maura and Lucas Matchett. Although Gratien was an only child, he considered his first cousin, Linda Rodrigue, currently of Quebec, Canada, to be his sister and they shared a special bond that continued throughout their lives. Gratien is predeceased by his parents, Sylva and Rosaire Roy; his first wife and mother of his children Diane (Jolin) Fontaine; and his long time companion Cecilia Harkins.
  • DONATIONS

  • Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240 or the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association 383 US Route 1 Suite 2C Scarborough, ME 04074.

Services

  • Visiting Hours Monday, March 18, 2019
  • Liturgy of the Word Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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Gratien "Bob" R. Roy

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Patty and Gerry Castonguay

March 20, 2019

To Mike, Susan and family, we loved your dad. We are sorry we couldn't be there to give you all some hugs but please know we were there with you in spirit. He will definitely be missed by his Augusta West Family!

Debbie White

March 20, 2019

Bob was a gentle and kind man. I remember, during our teen years, hanging out with Sue and friends and he would pop in for a visit. He was always nice and friendly to us and loved making jokes. During the last couple years, we reconnected and he spent three mornings a week for several months giving me a ride to dialysis. On those mornings, during the several minutes it took to get there, he always cheered me up when I was down or exasperated. He made me laugh and he always played good music. We didn’t agree too much on Elvis (he was a huge fan, I am not) but everything else he played brought me back to a good time in my life. By the time he dropped me off, I was always smiling. He talked a lot of Cissy and his love for her and how he missed her. He also talked a lot about his times working and relaxing at the campground and his cousin in Canada. It seemed that time in his life was one of happiness. He will be missed deeply by those that loved him and knew him and even those that he briefly met during the course of a day.

Remillie Norsworthy

March 17, 2019

I have been at Augusta West Kampground as a seasonal camper since 1990, so of course I knew Bob and Cissy well. He always took great interest in my training sessions out in front of my campsite with my two bird dogs, and always stopped for a chat when he walked his dog and/or cat by if I was outside. We've missed him the last couple of years, riding the mower expertly around power posts and parking spots, playing the twinkling-eyed Santa for the Christmas-in-July celebration for the camper children, even as we enjoy the continuing legacy of the entryway garden that he and Cissy initiated and cared for for many years. I offer my most sincere condolences to the family of this wonderful man.

Gloria Shoemaker

March 16, 2019

I was the Principal Clerk for Deputy James Morin in Fire Prevention. Gratien was a Firefighter and used to tease me about sending his fire reports back to him when they had missing information! I called him dear once and he said he didn’t like to be called dear.

RIP Gratien and my sympathies to his family, coworkers and friends 🙏.

Carol Malmsten

March 16, 2019

Sue , Mike and families. I first met your dad when he starting camping at Augusta West. Many years ago. Bob loved camping and socializing with all the people and was always looking for a way to help in anyway he could. The many times he played Santa for our Christmas in July or even helped me out with my yard work at home. I will always cherish all the wonderful conversations I had with Bob. He loved all of you so much and was proud to talk about all the help you gave him when Cissy had passed. Cherish the wonderful memories as I will also, They will help you get through the difficult days ahead. Bob was a very special person and is now at peace with the love of his life. He will be greatly missed hugs and prayers to all of you.

MARC JALBERT

March 16, 2019

Gratien “Grease” Roy was a fine and decent man. In school Gratien was lovingly known as Grease and we were in the LHS Band together. I would occasionally meet up with Grease in stores and more often at Lewiston Mandarin. I knew him to be a kind and pleasant man, and I am sure he will be missed.
My sympathy to all the family, and particularly son Michael as he is the one, I recall seeing with him the most often.
Rest in peace Grease, my friend.

Darlene Hersom

March 16, 2019

My daughter and I always greatly enjoyed the time we spent with Bob. His kindness, light heartedness, and many stories made him a pleasure to be around. We looked forward to our lunches, his sarcasm, and mostly his contagious smile, and twinkle in his eye. Thankful we got to share a little of his time.

Mike Perron

March 16, 2019

Great guy I bought his home next door to his moms house. Always enjoyed talking with him . I remember the motorcycle talks too! Condolences to you Mike and family!

Mike Perron

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Biography

AUBURN: Gratien “Bob” R. Roy, 75, of Lewiston, Maine passed away at the Hospice House early Tuesday morning March 12, 2019 with his family by his side after fighting the good fight against Dementia/ Alzheimer’s for the last several years. Gratien was born in Lewiston, Maine on December 27, 1943 to his loving parents Sylvia (Champoux) and Rosaire Roy. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1962. Gratien proudly and bravely joined the Army Reserves after graduating from high school during the Vietnam War draft, but because he was an only child, he did not get called to active duty. As a young husband and father, Gratien decided to join the Lewiston Fire Department after some prodding by his father, and spent 33 proud years serving the city of Lewiston. He earned the rank of Lieutenant in 1986 and retired in 2001 having spent most of the latter years stationed at the Sabattus Street Fire Station on Engine 4.
Gratien also held many other jobs in addition to firefighting through the years. Some of the other places he worked were Hudson Bus Lines as a bus driver, Lewiston Lumber as a lumber lot attendant, Reliable Oil as an oil/coal delivery person and he also owned his own Lawn Care Business. When not working, Gratien kept very busy by puttering around the house and building and creating things, riding his many motorcycles, attending fishing and snowmobiling trips, and camping with his family.

In 1996, Gratien met his “soul mate” Cecilia (Cissy) Harkins and they spent many years together raising their fur and feather “babies”, camping seasonal while working at the Augusta West Campground, and spending cherished time with their children, grandchildren, family and friends. He also enjoyed dressing as Santa, for obvious reasons, and would arrive by boat at the campground every summer to celebrate Christmas in July. He also served as the Marden’s Santa in Lewiston for many years. The years after Cissy passed in 2015 were difficult for him. During this time he took solace in caring for his beloved dog and cat, and walked them both daily. He also made it his mission to cheer people up everywhere he went in the community. He truly loved to make people laugh.
Gratien was very proud of, and is survived by his two children, his daughter Susan and her husband Mike St Hilaire, and his son Michael R Roy. His five grandchildren were a big part of his life and he loved to spend time with them and cheer them on at sporting events and other activities. His grandchildren are Bethany (St Hilaire) Tyburski and her husband Alex, Bobby St Hilaire, Micaela Roy and wife Sheila, Aiden Plourde, and Dacyn Roy. He also has three great- grandchildren, Dominic, Maura and Lucas Matchett. Although Gratien was an only child, he considered his first cousin, Linda Rodrigue, currently of Quebec, Canada, to be his sister and they shared a special bond that continued throughout their lives. Gratien is predeceased by his parents, Sylva and Rosaire Roy; his first wife and mother of his children Diane (Jolin) Fontaine; and his long time companion Cecilia Harkins.

Gratien’s family wishes to acknowledge and thank Dr. Jeffrey Brown and the incredible staff who cared for him at the Woodlands, Clover Health Care and the Hospice House. Visiting hours will be held at Fortin\Lewiston on Monday March 18, 2019 from 5-8pm. A Liturgy of the Word service will be celebrated on Tuesday March 19, 2019 at 11am also at the funeral home followed by committal prayers at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lewiston.

Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Gratien’s memory to either Androscoggin Home Healthcare & Hospice 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240 or the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association 383 US Route 1 Suite 2C Scarborough, ME 04074.

Condolences may be shared with Gratien’s family at www.thefortingrouplewiston.com Arrangements are under the care of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 70 Horton St. Lewiston, 784-4584.