Roy was born on May 17, 1918 in Toronto. He was employed in bookkeeping and accoutancy and on October 24, 1940 he joined the RCAF at Toronto. He trained at: #5 EFTS Lethbridge and #7 SFTS McLeod, Alberta. He was awarded
his Pilot Wing at McLeod in July 1941. He was posted to the UK in September 1941.
He trained at #1 AOS Wigtown, Scotland, September 1941. #26 OTU Cheddington, Herts, England.
He was posted to #138 “Special Duties” Squadron, RAF at Tempsford, Beds., England.
He was demobbed from the RCAF at Toronto in the summer of 1945.
In 1944, he began a course to fly for Trans-Canada Airlines but terminated in July 1945, when it was discovered that one eye was likely to fall below standards. I took my discharge from the RCAF and pursued my education. Went to Toronto Normal School and began a teaching career which lasted for 31 years, twenty- two of which were served as principals of schools. From the U. of T., he earned a BA; B.Ed., and M.Ed., degrees. He joined the Canadian Branch of the RAF Escaping Society in 1966 and served as president 1985-6. In September, 1980 he became librarian and have produced nine lists of books on subjects such as; escape/evasion, wartime operational flying, resistance agents, the secret war, etc. The listing has now over 700 titles. It is understood to be the only kind of listing in the world and many authors have used the title-aurthor information in their research. Our members have enjoyed reading the books listed and seeing the suggested war-related video tapes.
Roy played the organ and led the choir for both bodies of the Toronto Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for nine years and wrote its newsletter. He received the Honorary Inspector General 33 degree award. Roy was also Worshipful Master of the Anthony Sayer Lodge, AF & AM, No. 640 in Mimico ( now Etobicoke) in 1973, and was First Principal ot the Royal Arch Chapter of St. Andrew and St.John, No 4 GRC in 1982
Roy’s wife is Betty and they have a son, Gordon. July 06, 2001.