Roy C. Sheets, 91, of the St. Regis Nursing Home, formerly of 235 State Route 37B, Massena, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 4, 2014, with his family at his side.
Roy was born October 7, 1922, on Croil’s Island in the Town of Louisville, the son of the late Clayton and Sarah (Sadie) Weaver Sheets. He graduated from Massena Central High School in 1941 and was a member of the football team. As a member of the 1940 football team, with a 7-0 record, he was inducted into the MCHS Hall of fame in 1992. After graduation, he worked at ALCOA as a pipe fitter and plumber’s helper while taking classes at Clarkson College, where he also played goalie for the hockey team. On November 18, 1942, Roy entered the US Navy which he proudly served in until his honorable discharge on December 30, 1945. Roy was a motor machinist’s mate1cV6 aboard the USS Alcona (landing craft) during the Asiatic Pacific Theatre invasion of the Philippines and Iwojema. He was awarded the Good Conduct Ribbon, WW2 Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Bronze Star and Asiatic Pacific Theatre Bronze Star. Upon discharge from the Navy, Roy returned to ALCOA and joined the Plumber and Steamfitters American Union Local #73.
In 1956 Roy began working with Merrill Storie and subsequently took over that plumbing business. For over 25 years he operated Roy Sheets Plumbing, Heating and Sheet metal business on Maple Street, Massena. Roy worked as a sub-contractor for Danko Construction and Maginn Construction installing heating systems and plumbing for the homes being built on Wilson Hill, homes between Andrews and Highland Avenue and other areas throughout Massena. After he sold his plumbing business he continued to work through the Union and his projects included the IBM building in Burlington, VT and Nine Mile Two Nuclear Plant in Oswego. Roy retired on February 22, 1983.
Roy was a life member of the Free and Accepted Masons Massena Lodge #513, the Shriners’ Media Temple of Watertown, Massena Commandary #72, Knights Templar and a former member of the Jesters, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Massena Lodge #1702 and Oddfellows St. Lawrence Lodge #882. He was also a life member of the American Legion Post #79 and the Earl J. Santimaw VFW Post #1143.
For many years Roy was a member of the local business merchants bowing league. His favorite past time activities included fishing, spending time with his children and grandchildren at his camp, first in Colton and later on Wilson Hill. When not on the river, Roy could be found at the high school football games. During the Winter he was at the arena either skating or attending the high school hockey games and Clarkson hockey games.
Roy will always be fondly remembered as a brilliant, loving, kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor who would do anything for anyone. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Roy is survived by his children, Betty and Warren Robillard and James and Marie Sheets, all of Massena; his two grandsons, Dr. Jason Wolstenholme of Burlington, VT and Christopher Sheets of Buffalo; and many nieces and nephews.
Roy was predeceased by his wife, Claire A. (Borris) Sheets on November 15, 1966; his brothers, Raymond and Daniel O. Sheets; and three sisters, Dorothy E. Grant, Margaret Elsie Weatherup and Marjorie Galloway.
There will be no calling hours. Services and burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Area 2, with military honors, will be held in the Spring at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Massena Shriners, Massena Rescue Squad or charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at www.donaldsonfh.com .