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William J. Roy

Retired Postal Clerk

William J. Roy, 99, a lifelong resident of the City, died September 2, 2015, in Lowell surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 17, 1916, the son of the late Joseph G. and the late Margaret F. (McAleer) Roy, he was a parishioner of the former St. Jean the Baptiste Church in Lowell.

Bill attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1933.
Prior to his retirement, he was a Postal Clerk for over 33 years with the U.S. Postal Service.  Working at the post office, he got great pleasure using his foreign language skills to help customers with their postal needs.  As a postal employee, during WW II, he also translated documents for the US military. During his retirement, he devoted his time to his beloved garden.  He designed flowerbeds and pathways to create lovely garden rooms. 
Bill was a member of the Poor Clare’s and AARP, he was also a member of the retired Federal Postal Workers Association.
Bill is survived by many nieces and nephews, among them Susan (Lowell) Williams and her husband Lionel of Carlisle; and a grandnephew Jeffrey C. Williams of Lowell.  He was also the brother of the late Madeline G. Roy, the late Rita E. Lowell and the late Robert D. Roy.
At his request, Bill’s Funeral Services were private. E-condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Perkins School For the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978 or 866)458-8768.



Condolences (4)
  • Susan Lowell  - Niece
    Uncle Bill, you will be missed. Always and forever. Lovingly, Susan
  • Erin Cantwell
    You were such a wonderful man, whom I had the pleasure of sharing special memories with throughout my life. Although we were not related by blood, you were like a grandfather to me and I will always consider you family. I know you are watching over Everyone that loved and cared about you. You will be greatly missed. Love you❤
  • Doug, Carol & Kate Keller
    We will remember Bill as a soft spoken, intelligent, gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor. He was inspirational as a gardener and his love of gardening kept him young. Bill will be missed as our neighbor and friend. Susan and Jeffrey we admire you for all you did for Bill and are grateful for it. Our sincere sympathy for your loss.
  • Karen and Jack Green  - Beloved Friend
    We are saddened by the passing of our beloved friend, Bill. He was a cherished friend of our late aunt, Kay for over thirty years and therefore part of our family. We are certain that they are reunited in friendship in Heaven, listening to their favorite French hymn "J'irai la voir u jour!" Bill, may God grant you eternal rest. As always, Love, Karen & Jack
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