FAIRFIELD – Arnold Maurice Royea, age 89, husband of Hilda (Brown) Royea, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the St. Albans Health & Rehab Facility.
Arnold was born Feb. 27, 1927 in Richford the son of the late Carl A. and Myrtle M. (Little) Royea.
Arnold was raised in Richford and was a 1945 graduate of Richford High School. Following graduation he entered the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He was a lifelong farmer residing in Fairfield most of his adult life. He was a member of the American Legion Post #42 of Enosburg Falls and the VFW Charles DePrato Post #778 of Swanton.
Arnold was a devoted family man. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following the Red Sox, Patriots & Bruins. He also loved the outdoors and hunting and especially looked forward to deer season.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda Royea, of Fairfield. Arnold and Hilda were married on Sept. 30, 1949. He is also survived by his children, Shirley Babcock and her husband, Danny, of St. Albans, Judy Morey of Highgate, Debby Chatfield and her husband, Richard, of Highgate Springs, Arnold Royea and his wife, Judy, of Sheldon, and Michael Royea of Swanton; 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren a and two great-great grandchildren; his brother, Gerald “Gig” Royea and his wife Joyce of East Enosburgh; sisters-in-law, Muriel “May” Darbyson of Stanbridge Est, Quebec, and Rose Royea of Champlain, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Arnold was predeceased by his brothers, Robert, Eric, Ralph and Louis Royea; and his sister, Madeline King.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Rev. Jon Bly officiating. Interment will take place privately in the North Fairfield Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Spears Funeral Home.
For those who wish, contributions in Arnold’s memory may be made to The University of Vermont Cancer Center, Office of Development, The Courtyard at Given – 1 South, 89 Beaumont Ave, Burlington, Vt. 05405.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Arnold’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com