TUPPER LAKE - Roger "Frenchie" Roy, 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Mercy Living Center with his family by his side.
He was the brother to four siblings, father to 10, grandfather to 13 and great-grandfather to three and friend to all who knew him.
Roger came into this world on Feb. 19, 1939. He was the first boy of five children born to Francois and Delvina (Letourneau) Roy of Canada. Roger came to the United States after graduation at the age of 15. In 1954, Roger worked for International Paper Co. and continued to do so until 1967.
It was at this time Roger began his career as an antique dealer and is best known as "Frenchie," the Canadian-born auctioneer. Frenchie could be found peddling his wares at local flea markets from Maine to Florida. But it was the singing chant of tongues that mesmerized his crowd and echoed through the Adirondack Mountains.
Most notably one might recall hearing the singing chants in the '70s at O.K. Auction Gallery located in Gabriels or during the '80s and '90s at The Old Seed Store in Upper Jay.
Roger is survived by a sister, Rollande, and three brothers: Yvon, Denis and Gaston, all of Canada; nine children and their families: Jane (Roy) Tower, Patrick Roy, Steve Roy, Daniel Roy, Sharon (Roy) Martin, Karie (Roy) Matthews of Tupper Lake, and Jody Roy, Becky (Roy) Caruso and Tracey (Roy) Chevreuil of Florida.
Roger was predeceased by a son, Rollande, in 1969; his mother Delvina Rose Letourneau-Roy in 1985; and his father Francois Roy in 2002.
There will be no calling hours. Roger will be laid to rest in St. Regis Falls.
Donations in his memory may be made to High Peaks Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.