RICHFORD — Roy L. McAllister, age 68, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at his home with his loving family at his side.
He was born June 8, 1945 in St. Albans, the son of the late Lyndon and Eleanor (Boardman) McAllister.
Although he grew up in Richford, Roy had strong ties with his Catholic religion in New York City at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. In his younger days, Roy had a strong passion for flying, while also enjoying gambling, hunting and in his later years golfing. He especially enjoyed fishing with all of his grandsons, but always held close to his heart the special days of fishing that he spent with his grandson, Joshua.
The love for his family and friends was unconditional and will never be forgotten. He will always be remembered for the endless strength, love and devotion that he provided for his loved ones. Roy frequently quoted “I may not be rich but I am rich with skin”
Roy worked as a Union sheet metal worker for Local #63 out of Springfield, Mass. He then owned and operated McAllister’s Certified Heating and later helped his sons establish McAllister’s Fuels.
He is survived by his wife, Sally (Rowley) McAllister. Roy and Sally were married on Sept. 25, 1964. He is also survived by his seven children, Chuck McAllister and his partner, Nancy Burns, of Enosburg Falls, Ronda McAllister of Berkshire and her partner, Jon Johnson, Rossie Charron and her husband, Reme, of Richford, Nancy Leach of Enosburg Falls, Lyndon “Buck” McAllister and his wife, Jamie, of Richford, Robert McAllister and his wife, Shawna, of Richford, and Roy “Opie” McAllister II and his fiancé, Kristin Baker, of Montgomery. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren with his 8th to be born soon. He also leaves behind his sister, Sandra Hurtubise and her husband, Wayne, of Richford; brother, Gary McAllister and his wife, Suzie, of Enosburg Falls; his sister, Linda Lothian and her husband, Steve, of St. Albans; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Vaughn and Judi Button of New York; and a very special friend, Dan Bartlette of Berkshire. Roy was predeceased by his father, Lyndon McAllister, mother, Eleanor McAllister, step-mother, Eva McAllister; his grandson, Joshua Leach; and great-grandson, Prestyn Joshua Paul Leach.
Funeral services will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 152 Main Street, Richford with Rev. Karl Hahr celebrating the Mass of Christian burial. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Richford Center Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
For those who wish, contributions in Roy’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Home Health Agency – Hospice Program, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.
Condolences may be sent to Roy’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.