The Obit For Ben Roy

Bernard A. Roy

Published in Union Leader on April 9, 2012

MANCHESTER - Bernard A. "Ben" Roy, 80, of Manchester, died April 4, 2012, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, after a period of declining health.

Born in Manchester on June 21, 1931, he was the son of Adelard "Kewpie" and Agnes "Katie" (Cowette) Roy. He was a lifelong resident of the Queen City.

Educated in local schools, Ben graduated from St. Joseph High School for Boys, Class of 1949. He was a three-sport athlete, who excelled in baseball, basketball and football. Following high school, he was signed as a pitcher by the Chicago White Sox minor league team. After several seasons in the minors, Ben decided to return home, where he married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Kelley, on Feb. 3, 1951.

Early in his career, he was an iron worker with Local 474. He served as president of the local for several years. In 1964, Ben decided to start his own business. He founded B.A. Roy Steel Erectors as well as Empire Sheet Metal. He sold both businesses in 1975. Later that year, he began Kelly Construction Company. After his retirement in 1992, his sons, Stephen B. Roy and Thomas J. Roy, took over the company.

He was inducted into the Trinity High School Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Queen City Hall of Fame in 1989.

He was a longtime communicant of St. Catherine Church. He was a devoted member of the Legion of One Thousand Men of the Monastery of the Precious Blood.

Ben will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, whose family was the center of his life. He and Gloria never missed any activity or sport involving his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They could always count on him for his love and support. Ben and Gloria greatly enjoyed their retirement. They traveled to Florida each winter and took many trips to the coast.

The family extends its special thanks to VNA Hospice for its help and support during this most difficult time. Words cannot express the family's love for Rebecca and Christine, who ministered so lovingly to Ben during his last days. They were an inspiration to the entire family.

Family members include his beloved wife of 61 years, Gloria (Kelley) Roy; two daughters, Nancy Rankin and her husband, Don, of Wilton, and Judi DeVita and her husband, Wayne, of Manchester; his son, Thomas J. Roy and his wife, Lisa, of Deerfield; his dear grandchildren, Christopher Jacob and his wife, Michaela, of Wilton, Jennifer Roy of Pembroke, Jacqueline Hazel and her husband, Mark, of Litchfield, Rebecca Roy and her partner, Christine Sullivan and her daughter, Gabrielle all of Manchester, Jonathan Roy and his wife, Darcy, of Auburn, and Nicholas Roy and his companion, Kelsey Funk; his great- grandchildren, Hailie and Kayla Learned of Pembroke, Elisabeth and Benjamin Jacob of Wilton and Benjamin G. Hazel of Litchfield; three step-grandchildren, Dylan and Cassidy Menczywar of Deerfield , Samantha DeVita of Dover; his two daughters- in- law, Donna A. Roy of Auburn and Connie Roy of Litchfield; a nephew, Barry Corriveau; many cousins and dear friends. He was predeceased by his son, Stephen B. Roy in 2005, his sister, Dorothy Corriveau, and his nephew, Daniel Corriveau.

Services:Calling hours are Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Connor-Healy Funeral and Cremation Center, 537 Union St., Manchester.

The funeral will be held Tuesday with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at noon in St. Catherine Church, Webster Street, Manchester.

Burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Monastery of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge St., Manchester, NH 03104 or to the VNA Hospice, 1070 Holt Ave., Suite 1400, Manchester, NH 03109.