Obituary: Roy, Robert (Bob) 79

Roy, Robert (Bob) 79, of Southborough, MA, formerly of Brookline, passed away on January 29. Husband of the late Ann (Shrefler) Roy, and long-term companion of Gail Esposito.

Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of Nathan and Hannah Roy. Bob founded Jofran in 1975, a wholesale furniture distributor of imported goods, in Norfolk, MA. He was seen as a leader and visionary in the furniture industry. He graduated from Classical High School in 1955. During high school, he won the State Junior Golfing Championship several times. Bob received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. 

He was the father of Joffrey Roy (Farley Sullivan) of Brookline, MA, Randi Roy of Westport, CT, grandfather of Max Cutler and Jordan Cutler, “Popa Bob” to Griffin and Shaylin Harding, brother of Maxine Roy Richman, uncle of Wendy (Richman) Levinson and Bruce Richman. He will also be missed by Nicole Esposito and Michael Esposito, and many other family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life on Thursday at noon, at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 1668 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA. Those who wish may make a donation in his memory to Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, and mail it to Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, RI, 02906.

Stanetsky Memorial Chapels 617-232-9300

(Obituary via and The Boston Globe)

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