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Roy Elmer McGathy

Roy Elmer McGathy

Died: Saturday, November 10, 2007
Age: 61
Roy Elmer McGathy, age 61 of Imlay City, formerly of Pigeon, passed away Saturday, November 10 at Mercy Hospital in Port Huron after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born in Pigeon on March 5, 1946, he was the son of the late Charles and Lillian (Naffien) McGathy and attended Laker High School.

He served with the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict, and was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post 2236, Pigeon.

On December 2, 1994, he was united in marriage to Kathy Louwsma Anderson in Imlay City.

Roy worked as a pipefitter with G.M. Pontiac Truck & Bus in Pontiac since 1985. Prior to that, he owned and operated Thumb Plumbing & Heating as a licensed Master Plumber in Pigeon. He was a former Winsor Township Firefighter and had restored an antique fire engine in Pigeon. He enjoyed hunting fishing, trapping, and building. He built a playhouse for his granddaughter, and a garage, workshop, and a garden shed for his wife, Kathy. He was always puttering in his garage.

Roy was always willing to help anyone at any time with their plumbing – and was always ready and willing to have a cup of coffee. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy McGathy of Imlay City; four daughters, Joely (Rob) Chandonnet of Pigeon, Laniel (Ken) O’Connor of Elkton, Ginny (Mark) Trost of Pigeon, and Meghan McGathy of Florida; a step-daughter, Kelly (Javier) Gutierrez of Clinton Township; six grandchildren: Austin, Jaylee, Curtis, Chloe, Jordan, and Nicholas; a step-granddaughter, Ashley; and his twin brother, Ray of Bay Port and brother Charles (Sue) McGathy of North Carolina. He is also survived by his special nieces and nephews, Charles, Darin, Matt, Thad, Kim, and Mary.

The Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. today (Wed., Nov. 14) at the Pigeon First United Methodist Church, with Rev. John Britt, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Caseville Township Cemetery.

Memorials for Roy may be made to the Autism Society or the Winsor Township Fire Department.

Arrangements were made by Meyersieck-Bussema Funeral Home in Pigeon.
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