2014-02-12 / Obituaries

James E. Roy


James Edward “Jim” Roy, age 66, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Monday, February 10, 2014 at his home.

Born January 31, 1948 in Concord, Mass., he was the son of the late Harold Ovid and Marilyn Mae Gilman Roy.

He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Berkeley Springs. Jim graduated from high school in Virginia Beach, Va., and attended the University of Maryland at College Park. He was a retired animal behaviorist with the Smithsonian Institute at Edgewater, Md., and also authored the book entitled Real World White Tail Behavior. Jim served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was decorated with multiple Purple Hearts. He was a member of John M. Golliday American Legion #64 in Moorefield, W.Va., and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Jim loved working on his horse farm. He was of Abenaki Indian descent.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Gail Ann Palmer Roy at home; his children, Kimberly Seidel of Linthicum, Md., Kenneth Roy of Pasadena, Md., Kelly Hopkins of Grasonville, Md., Dawn Cook of Glen Burnie, Md. and Gail Nawrocki of Edgewater, Md.; one sister, Joanne Howard of Gloucester, Va.; three brothers, Alan Roy of San Clemente, Calif., David Roy of Crestline, Calif., and Stephen Roy of Fairfield, Pa.; nine grandchildren, Jake Seidel of Linthicum, Md., Hunter Roy and Chase Roy, both of Pasadena, Md., Charlie Hopkins of Grasonville, Md., Brian Cook, Jr. and Samantha Cook, both of Glen Burnie, Md., David Nawrocki, Jr., Taylor Nawrocki and Katelyn Nawrocki, all of Edgewater, Md., and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Roy and one brother, Thomas Roy.

Funeral services with military honors provided by the Tri- State Honor Guard, will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 95 Union Street, Berkeley Springs, WV. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Fr. Leonard A. Smith will officiate. Private interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the DAV, National Headquarters, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.helsleyjohnsonfh.com.

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