We had landed safely in Bologna, Italy and drove to Tuscany for a few days of R and R to get over jet lag. The 2013 edition of Easterball, our UPI baseball camp for German players, was to begin in just a few days. Carin had accompanied me and she and a friend would spend the time I was at the camp touring the Italian countryside. We were tired after that long flight and after dinner that evening went right to bed.
USA phones do not work in Italy so our communication would be with the internet and a phone app called Viber. When I awoke that first morning I checked my emails and Facebook. There on Facebook I saw the news that my father had passed away the evening we arrived.
Needless to say I was in a bit of shock. I spent that day getting in touch with family, grieving and trying to make plans to return home for the funeral. I proceeded to the camp for the opening night and first day and continued to work with the airlines on a flight home. Delta airlines was very kind in issuing a bereavement pass to get me back to the Midwest with no additional fee and I am sitting at my computer the morning after my return posting this blog. I will make the drive to Wisconsin to be with family today (written April 27) Below please find my fathers obituary.
Needless to say between my experience with 911 last Friday and the passing of my Father within 6 days…It has been a week I will never forget.
Please pray for my mother and family.
In all things I know this…GOD IS GOOD!
And here is the good news as we celebrate Easter:
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day. 1 Corinthians 15:3-5
Thomas C. Roy Jr.
Birth date: September 9, 1926
Death date: March 21, 2013
Thomas C. Roy Jr. of Grafton passed away peacefully on Thursday March 21, 2013 at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Campus at the age of 86 years.
Tom was born in Milwaukee, WI on September 9, 1926 to the late Thomas C. & Mary (nee Jonas) Roy Sr. and married Lorraine (nee Dahmer) on January 8, 1949 at St. Clements Parish in Sheboygan.
Tom was a member of the Rose Harms American Legion Post #355 in Grafton for 46 years and was a long time employee at Automotive & Aircraft in Cedarburg.
Tom is survived by his wife Lorraine of Grafton, children; Thomas (Carin) Roy III of Warsaw, IN, Timothy (Colleen) of Omro, Therese (George) Mikulski of Kenosha, Tracey (Cindi) of West Bend, Todd (Barb) of Grafton, Tammy (Robert) Harrison of Fredonia, Trudy (Mark) Greenwood of Grafton and Tony (Kris) of Fredonia, sister; Betty Verhulst of Sheboygan. He was preceded in death by one sister. He is further survived by 17 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 7 PM at Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory 979 N. Green Bay Rd. Grafton. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday April 2, from 4 – 6:45 PM.
Memorials of your choice appreciated.
4:00 pm to 6:45 pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Mueller Funeral Home – Grafton 979 N. Green Bay Rd. Grafton WI 53024 (map/driving directions)
7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Mueller Funeral Home – Grafton 979 N. Green Bay Rd. Grafton WI 53024 (map/driving directions)