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Michael T. Roy of Newbury, Mass., husband of Nancy J. (Leete) Roy and father of Matheau M. Roy of Newbury, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on Friday morning, January 13.
Roy was born in 1941 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Edgar Lucien Roy and Bernadine (Busick) Roy and was one of four boys. His brothers, Edgar Lucien Roy, Jr. and Stephen J. Roy, predeceased him. His brother, Barbeau A. Roy and spouse, Kathy Anttila of Napa, Calif., survive him.
Roy was educated by the Jesuits and attended St. Louis University High School as well as St. Louis University. It was during his first year of graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis, during the Vietnam War, that he was approached by the Army to become a Counterintelligence Special Agent, where he would serve in Germany during the Cold War.
Upon returning to the States, Roy moved to Boston where he pursued a career as a stockbroker with Paine, Webber, Jackson and Curtis. While living in Marblehead, Roy decided on trying the restaurant business. He purchased a small saltbox and opened Michael’s House, a small, casual European-styled restaurant which quickly became popular. Several years later, friends living in Newburyport informed Roy about a waterfront restaurant named the “Tournament Wharf,” which was for sale. Roy was attracted to the property and quickly shook hands on the deal. The rest, as they say, is history. Roy renamed the property “Michael’s Harborside,” and he owned and operated the restaurant for the next 25 years.
During those many years, Roy immersed himself in countless civic activities including Coats for Kids, Yankee Homecoming, Santa on the Green, Fireworks on the Waterfront and the Chamber of Commerce, to name just a few.
In his final days, Roy could be seen at Haley’s Ice Cream, his wife’s business, chatting with friends old and new.
Besides his wife, son, and brother, Roy is survived by his sisters-in-law, Jodi Roy of St. Louis, Mo., and Kay Roy of Elkhart, Ind.; as well as several nieces and nephews, including Ed and spouse, Lynn Roy of Wintergreen, Colo.; John and Michelle Lochhead of St. Louis, Mo.; Dan and spouse, Kathy Roy of Austin, Texas; Beau Roy of San Rafeal, Calif.; Sean Roy and spouse, Rosanne Palmisano of Sonoma, Calif.; Kevin and spouse, Carolyn Roy of West Nyack, N.Y.; Bruan and spouse, Sara Roy of St. Louis, Mo.; Kristin and Adam Zwirkoski of Manteno, Ill.; Tim Roy of Ft. Collins, Colo.; Kris Sullivan of Portland, Maine; Kelly and spouse, Bob Cushing of Naples, Fla.; and in-laws, Bruce and spouse, Carol Seaman of Bonita Springs, Fla.; Mary and spouse, Jack Sullivan of New London, Conn.; Bill and spouse, Robin Leete of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and Deborah Sullivan of Newbury, Mass.
Roy’s family will be receiving relatives and friends on Saturday, January 21, from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at the First Religious Society Unitarian Church, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, followed by a memorial service at 5 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Yankee Homecoming Fireworks Display, P.O. Box 493, Newburyport, MA 01950, or Coats for Kids, c/o Salvation Army, 40 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Haverhill and Bradford. To share a memory of Roy or for more information, please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  January 17, 2017
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