Edgar Joseph “Ed” Royer

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ST. ALBANS – The Mass of Christian Burial for Edgar Joseph “Ed” Royer, was celebrated on Tuesday morning, Aug. 20, 2013, at Holy Angels Catholic Church. The Rev. Maurice J. Roy, Pastor of Holy Angels was the celebrant, assisted by Rev. Mr. Duane E. Langlois, Deacon. Mr. Leonard Charron and Mr. Norman Bushey were the Altar Servers.

The procession into Church was led by Honora Bechard, carrying the American Flag in recognition and honor of Mr. Royer’s military service to his country. The Funeral Pall was placed upon Ed’s casket by his grandchildren, Bridget Royer, Philip Royer, Dylan Riggs, Katie Riggs, Bryan Smith and Hilary Smith and the crucifix was placed upon the Pall by Ed’s wife, Jeanne.

The readings from Sacred Scripture were offered by Ed’s son-in-law, Kendrick Riggs and granddaughter, Bridget Royer. The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel and Profession of Faith were led by Deacon Langlois and the Homily was delivered by Rev. Roy. Presenting the Eucharistic Gifts were granddaughters, Hilary Smith and Katie Riggs. At the conclusion of the Mass, words of remembrance were offered by Ed’s grandchildren, Bryan and Hilary Smith.

Music for the Mass was provided by Armand Messier, organist and Jeanne Begnoche, soloist. The selections included “Amazing Grace”, “The Lord Is My Shepard”, “Alleluia”, “I Am The Resurrection And The Life”, “ Whoever Believes In Me Shall Not Die”, J’irai A Voir”, “We Will Rise Again”, “Song Of Farewell”, and, as Mr. Royer was carried from Church, “God Bless America” and “The Battle Hymn Of The Republic”.

Serving as pallbearers were Bryan Smith, Kevin McGinn, Dylan Riggs, Thomas Hungerford, Philip Royer and John Boocock. Members of Green Mt. Post # 1, American Legion and Robert E. Glidden Post # 758 VFW provided an Honor Guard and Color Guard at Holy Angels Church.

In attendance was representation from St. Albans Lodge, # 1566, B.P.O.E. and Silver Towers, Kittell, Branagan & Sargent, CPA, Robert E. Glidden Post # 758, American Legion Auxiliary Gr. Mtn. Unit #1. Tunbridge World Fair, Ladies of St. Anne’s, Catholic Daughters of America, S.B. Collins, Inc., W.B. Mason, Inc., Union Bank, NMC Auxiliary, Franklin County Senior Center and exercise group, Trainer Automotive, Tom Hungerford Insurance, Kevin Smith Sports Connection, Paquin Motors, Maplefields 8 a.m. coffee group and former Eveready co-workers.

Interment, with military honors, took place on Tuesday afternoon at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Sheldon Springs with Rev. Roy offering the Prayers of Committal. The military honors were accorded by the US Air Force Military Honors Detail from Camp Johnson. Taps were provided by SRA Chelsea Clark and the American Flag was folded by CMS Craig Sandborn and SRA Chelsea Clark and presented to Mr. Royer’s wife, Jeanne, by CMS Sandborn.

Edgar J. “Ed” Royer, a resident of Swanton and a US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, passed away at his home on Aug. 15, 2013 at the age of 87.

Assisting the Royer Family was the Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans.