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Nelson Roy

Oct 5, 1929 - May 8, 2017

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Bangor - Nelson Roy, 87, of Old Town, passed away peacefully May 8, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born October 5, 1929 in Old Town, Maine, to Victor and Nathalie (Bertrand) Roy. He graduated from Old Town High School in 1948 and promptly enlisted in the Air Force, serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During the Korean War, he was part of an air transport company that brought fallen and injured servicemen back to the U.S. This made a lasting impression on him. While stationed in New Jersey, he met his wife Barbara Hacsunda on a blind date. They married in 1958 and enjoyed 59 years together. After spending 20 years in active duty with the Air Force serving all over the world, Nelson retired in 1968 at the rank of Technical Sargent. He was proud of his military career and his fellow veterans, and would often take part in events honoring them. Nelson built a small camp on Pushaw Lake in the early 70s and his family spent many summers enjoying swimming, fishing, and boating on the lake. His favorite times at the lake were quietly spent on the dock watching the sunsets. After he retired from the Old Town paper mill in 1992, the camp was torn down and he built a new home. Nelson and Barbara lived on the lake until declining health brought them closer to town. Many wonderful memories and lasting friendships were formed with other families living on the lake. Nelson grew up during the depression and learned the value of hard work and money at an early age. He was a hard worker who enjoyed repairing, renovating, and building something on his days off. He was a good dad and provider who spent all his money on his family, never spending a cent on himself. Nelly is survived by Barbara; five children David Roy and his wife Lisa of Bucksport, Karen Roy of Hermon, Carol Lashua and her husband Rick of Auburn, Debra Hoffman and her husband Bill of Hampden, Jean Curtis and her husband Mark of Old Town; five grandchildren Meleah Roy, Cameron Roy, Alexa Curtis, Drew Lashua, Emily Lashua; two sisters Jeanette Potter, Shirley Wood; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Clement, Victor Jr., Francis; and sister Elaine Garceau. At his request, a private service will be held at a later date. He will always be in his family's hearts.
Published on  June 22, 2017
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