In Memory Of ROY, Robert Michael


Service Information

St. Patrick Basilica
454 Rene Levesque Blvd. West
Montreal, Quebec
July 11, 2019
ROBERT MICHAEL McGREGOR ROY June 10, 1942 – June 30, 2019 It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Robert (“Bob” or “Rob”) Michael McGregor Roy, at the age of 77, on Sunday, June 30, 2019 following a tragic accident in Tokyo, Japan on May 23, 2019. Only son of Muriel (née Michel) and Gregor Roy, both predeceased, of Sudbury, Ontario. Survived by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Marilyn Piccini, his cherished only son, Matthew MacGregor Roy of Ottawa, Ontario, his dear daughter-in-law Caroline Marie Brisson, and his only and beloved granddaughter Émilie Anne Roy. Deeply missed by caring sister-in-law Sharon Piccini Murphy (Paul predeceased) and his niece Megan Murphy, both of Sudbury, Ontario, and his nephew Michael Murphy (Dustine) and his great-nephews Lucas and Patrick Murphy, all of Interlochen, Michigan, and other family members, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Esteemed professor of biology and administrator at Concordia University, who began his career at Sir George Williams University in 1970 and retired in 2016. Funeral mass to be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Basilica, 460 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., Montreal on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at a later date in Sudbury, Ontario. Sincerest gratitude is extended to Dr. Miwa and staff at the Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital and to Drs. Viladevall, Narbonne, Deschamps and Basile and staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, Montreal, as well as to Dr. Hughes, Bob’s family physician, for their excellent and compassionate care. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation for Palliative Care at Online condolences may be made at

Messages for the Family of ROY, Robert Michael

From: Mariella De Stefano

Dear Marilyn,

my sincerest conolences for your loss. May you be consoled by the cherished memories.


From: Normand Laurendeau

Dear Marilyn

Please accept my deepest condolences. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Normand Laurendeau
From: Rosie Rodrigues

May his soul Rest In Peace all my love & condolences to the family ... 💔❤️☘️ Rosie
From: Joshua Rubenstein

Marilyn, I simply don' t know what to say. I am so sorry.

Much love

From: Angela Onesi

Dear Marilyn,

Please accept my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you have everyone and everything you need to find peace in this time.

With much affection,

Angela Onesi
From: Ellen Harrisons

Dear Marilyn
I am so sorry for your loss and all the trauma you experienced with this terrible event. I hope that the good wishes of all your family and friends helps you cope.
From: Lydie Gabriel

I am deeply sorry for your loss.
From: Claire Tierney Knapp

Shocked to hear about Bob. Deepest sympathy , Marilyn.
I thought back to the many good times in TO in the 60s! May he rest in peace.
From: Ellen M Lagala

Dear Marilyn,
We were so sorry and surprised about Bob's death. Please know our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family at this difficult time.

Ellen & Clem
From: Pamela L Cross

Marilyn - I am so sorry for your tragic and sudden loss. Bob was a wonderful man. My thoughts are with you and your family.
From: Elena Hoffstein

Dear Marilyn

I was saddened to hear of the passing of your husband My deepest condolences to you and to your family on your loss.

Elena Hoffstein
From: Louis Brisson, Renée Poitras and Camille Brisson

Our most sincere condolences to Marilyn, Matthew, family and all those who had the pleasure of knowing Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these difficult times.
From: Mary Colalillo

Dear Marilyn:

Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of your dear husband. I feel the pain.


From: Tina Ambrosio


I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
May you find comfort in the wonderful memories.
From: Diane Oliver and Clément Larosée

Dear Marilyn,

Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened us, but we know that this is far from what your are going through right now. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Knowing how hard it is to loose a loved one, our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, Matthew, Caroline and Émilie. May God give you comfort and strength and may the soul of Bob rest in peace.

Diane Oliver and Clément Larosée
From: Lise Bertrand

Dear Marilyn,
I will always remember the warmth of Bob's smile and his generosity.
My sincere condolences to you, Matthew and your family .
Fondest regards

Lise Bertrand
From: Janine et Pierre Duhaime

C’est avec une profonde tristesse que nous apprenons le décès de Bob. À toi Marilyn et à toute la famille, acceptez nos sincères condoléances.
Janine et Pierre Duhaime
From: Lucie Beauchemin

Dear Marilyn.
I am so saddened to have learned of your husband's precipitated demise. Please accept my most sincere condolences. I wish you all the courage and determination to go through this impossibly difficult time. Know that you are loved and that you need just reach out.
Lucie Beauchemin
From: Muriel Herrington

My condolences to Marilyn, Mathew and family in this very trying time. Bob was one of the first colleagues I met when I joined the Biology Department at Concordia, and it was my pleasure to work with him over the years. He guided our department through some major changes associated with the merger between Loyola and Sir George Williams, and later was instrumental in the building of the new Science Building. He also threw some good departmental holiday parties. I was saddened when I read of his passing this morning. He will be missed.
From: Louise Cherry & André Gauvreau

Dear Marilyn,

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bob.

Our condolences to you and your family.

May Bob’s soul rest in peace.

Louise Cherry & André Gauvreau
From: Maria corvetti

Marilyn, I can’t believe as to what happened to Bob. He and you are very much in my thoughts and prayers. As are Matthew and Émilie. Un abbraccio Maria
From: R. Raphael

He was such a fine and decent person. I am stunned to learn of his loss

R. Raphael
Mathematics and Statistics
From: Peter Quarles

Dear Marilyn and family,
Our thoughts are with you.
May all of your fondest memories of Bob comfort you now and always.
Bon courage,
Peter Quarles, Michael Slawaska & Julie Chin
From: Yogen Chaubey

My sincerest condolences to Dr. Roy's family. I had a pleasant association with him while I served as the chair of the department. Rest in peace Dr. Roy.
From: Charlotte Libman

Dear Marilyn,

I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Words cannot truly express my condolences to you and your family. I hope you are able to find comfort with your loved ones.

From: Janet MacPhee and David Palframan

Dear Marilyn

I remember the remarkable closeness you and Bob shared from early University days and we saw it again when the "girls" from St. Joe's and their spouses reunited in Montreal almost two years ago. I can't imagine how bereft you and your family must feel.
We are thinking of you and wish you all the courage it will take to carry on.
With our heartfelt sympathy

Janet and David
From: Diane Bruneau

Chère Marilyn

j’ai appris la triste nouvelle et je t’envoie toutes mes sympathies. Je n’ai pas de mots car la douleur de perdre sa moitié doit être très grande. la vie peut être dure autant qu’elle peut être belle...

bon courage
From: Angela Wilson Wright

Dear Roy Family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy. Bob was one of the kindest people I have ever met. He was always considerate and treated everyone he encountered with compassion and gentleness. His quiet but stellar contributions to the Department of Biology, the Sciences and University; as a result of all of the senior administrative posts he occupied at Concordia, are his lasting legacy and indelible imprint on this institution.
From: Sissy Luyat

Dear Marilyn,
We are saddened by Bob’s passing,
for we loved being with you at St. Mike’s
and having you come to visit us in France...
you created so many happy memories for us.
Our love and prayers for you and your family,
From: George Chisholm

I’m very sorry to hear of Robert’s passing.
From: Claudia Deme

My deepest sympathies to Dr. Roy's family. I had the honour of working with Dr. Roy at the OPVPAA for many years and he was always a joy to work with.
From: Karon Bales


Charles and I send you our deepest condolences on the tragic loss of your beloved husband. Our thoughts are with you.
From: Elisabeth Evans-Olders

Dear Marilyn,

I'm so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. You and your family are in my prayers.
From: Bibi

Dear Marilyn:

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Rob. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Kim and Bibi
From: John Fiset/Beverley Rennick

Dear Marilyn
We are saddened to hear of Bob’s passing.
He was a respected and valued colleague at Concordia University.
Know that you, Matthew and family are in our thoughts and prayers.
With sincere condolences
John Fiset and Beverley Rennick
From: Margaret O'Sullivan


We are very sad to learn of Bob's passing. Our thoughts have been with you each day. We are so sorry for your loss and what you have gone through. We hope you take good care of yourself and are able to take one day at a time.

Our sincere condolences,
Margaret O'Sullivan and Don Trench

My deepest sympathy to you and your family; even though I never met Bob I feel like I know him through you as we have shared a few stories about our men and our families.

There are no words that can take away the pain and sorrow of losing the man with whom you’ve spent your lifetime and built so many wonderful memories.

Cherish those memories Marilyn and may Bob now rest in peace.
From: Lionel Smith

Dear Marilyn,
My thoughts are with you. May your warm memories buoy you up in difficult times.
From: Brian Schneiderman

Dear Mailyn,
May you and your family be spared further sorrow.
With my sympathies,
From: Ann Shaw

Dear Marilyn,

Please accept my sincere condolences at your terrible loss.

Ann Shaw
From: Silvia Ugolini

Dearest Marilyn,

I am deeply saddened by this news, especially since I only became aware of this today.
I have fond recollections of my discussions with Bob post Concordia and I know how truly extraordinary a couple you were. May your family be of sustenance to you. Go gently upon yourself and know that your friends are here right by you.

with warmest thoughts and many prayers,

From: Ella Amir

Dear Marilyn,
Please accept my deepest condolences on behalf of AMI-Quebec Board of Directors and members. I hope that many good memories can comfort you and your family in this difficult time. May you be spared further sorrow.
From: Glenn and Norman Yurich

Marilyn, our sincerest condolences.
From: The Dozzi’s

We grieve with you at the loss of Bob. He touched us all with kind soul and gentle spirit. The greatest virtue of a man is how he leaves the world upon his passing. Bob definitely left it in a much better place. We will miss you. God bless and riposa in pace.

The Dozzi’s
From: Leonie Morris

Dear Marilyn

Please accept my deepest condolences. I am deeply sorry of the news of Dr. Roy's passing. He was a man of integrity, and honest person who treated everyone with respect and kindness. He will be missed.

Leonie Morris
From: Rose Fera Greco

Dear Marilyn and Family,
It was with great sadness that we learned about Bob's passing. We extend our deepest condolences to you at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.
Rose and Clare Ann Greco