GREENSBORO On January 12, 2013, a gently and inspirational man left his family and friends. Edward Phillip Roy passed away at Moses Cone Hospital due to complications with his respiratory system. Ed was born on June 12, 1923 and was the son of Wilfred and Alice Hughes Roy. He was born in Whitinsville, MA but eventually moved to Torrington, CT. During WWII, Ed proudly served in the Army Air Corp (303rd Service Group) on Saipan and Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to Torrington where he met, fell in love and married Ann Porada. They were married for over 65 years. He had a long career with Torrington Needles and Exeltor. Due to his career, he and his family also lived in Somerville, NJ; Charlotte, NC; and Greensboro. Ed was a man with strong convictions and faith; a belief in himself and what people should do; a great sense of humor; the ability to talk to anyone and to speak his mind with flare; and a genuine love for his wife, children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Ann; two caring daughters; Christine Barnett and husband Bill of Chapel Hill; and Karen Anderson and husband Tom of Greensboro; 5 devoted grandchildren, Lauren Barnett of Brooklyn, NY; Megan Barnett of Santa Monica, CA; John Barnett of Wilmington; Patrick and Rachael Anderson both of Greensboro. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Romaine Gozemba and husband Vinnie of Torrington, CT.
A special thanks to Ed and Penny Phillips for their caring and long time friendship. Ed Roy will be missed, remembered and always in our prayers.
Visitation will be held at Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel, 5926 W. Friendly on Sunday, January 20th from 6 until 8 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 21st at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 2205 West Market Street. Inurnment will follow at Westminster Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel is assisting the family of Mr. Roy and on-line condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com.