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Paul Eugene Roy Jr.

NORTH CANAAN — Paul Eugene Roy Jr., age 81, of North Canaan passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Barbara Jean (Cruikshank) Roy on October 3, 2017. Paul was born on July 20, 1940, in Winsted, the son of the late Paul Sr. and Nancy Roy of Winsted. Paul had three brothers, Guilio, Louis and Fred and one sister Rose.

In 1962, Paul moved to North Canaan and married Barbara. Paul was a master mechanic at Phil Joseph Chevrolet, Morgan Motors, Arnie’s Arco and Village Auto. He also worked at Becton Dickenson. Paul retired from the Town of North Canaan in March of 2021, completing 23 years with the town highway department.

To those that knew him, he was known as the Mayor of North Canaan, even though he never held the position. Paul was dedicated to the Town of North Canaan. He served as an umpire to the Little League baseball for many years, completed 46 years with the Canaan Fire Company, 43 years with North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance, and he was a wrecker service operator for several auto repairs shops in town and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Railroad Historical Association. Paul was a lifetime member of the FFA Housatonic Valley Chapter in Falls Village. Paul would help any community member any time.

He leaves behind his children Robert Roy of Goshen and his wife Deborah and their children Christina and Benjamin; Jenifer Serna of North Canaan and her husband David and their children Stephanie and Jessica and Emily Minacci of North Canaan and her husband William and their children Brooke, Ashlee and Jonathan William Paul. Paul was predeceased by his oldest son Paul Eugene Roy III of Lakeville. Paul III had two children, Paul E. Roy IV, of Melrose, Mass., and Nicole Roy, of Lakeville.

His graveside memorial will be on April 23, 2022, at 11:00 AM, at the Carlson Cemetery on the corner of Moses Meade and Canaan Valley Roads in Canaan Valley. There will be a celebration of Paul’s life at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan directly following the memorial. All are welcome to join the family and friends in the memorial and celebration of Paul.

In lieu of flowers or food please make memorial donations in honor of Paul to North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 178, North Canaan, CT 06018 and/or Canaan Fire Company 4 East Main St., North Canaan, CT 06018.

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