ORANGEVALE, CA: Roy passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on June 13, due to complications from leukemia.
Roy was born in Lawrence to Ruth and Ralph Sharpe (both deceased), but grew up in Ballardvale. Roy was the youngest child, with two brothers, Ralph (deceased) and Cliff. After high school, Roy attended Emerson College in Boston and earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications. Roy joined the Air Force in 1964 and after Officers' Training School, was stationed at Ramstein AFB in Germany. It was there he met his wife Ursula and in 1966 they had a daughter, Sandy. The family finally settled in the Sacramento area in 1975 where Roy went into real estate. In 1984, Roy went to work in software. Roy retired from the software business in 1995 and had spent the last 20 years buying and selling vinyl record collections. Roy had two great passions in life: music and baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox. Roy is survived by his ex-wife, Ursula; daughter, Sandy (Shane); brother, Cliff (Monica) and his beloved twin grandsons, Jacob and Jonathan. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Cheri, Pam, Bob, Eric, Brian, Sue and Stephen.
Funeral arrangements are pending. Donations can be made in Roy's name to either the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Jimmy Fund.
Published on  June 25, 2015