A passionate, charismatic man who was well respected and loved

STONEHAM — Mr. Roy W. Fowlie, a longtime resident of Stoneham, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 2, 2022 at age 81.

Born in Melrose on April 28, 1941, Roy was one of five children of the late Albert and Helen (Colby) Fowlie. He was raised in Melrose where he graduated from Melrose High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, as a Lance Corporal from 1961 until his honorable discharge in 1964. He was married on February 19, 1966 to the love of his life Katherine B. Gibson and they settled in Stoneham to raise a family of three children. Roy was a member of the Carpenters Union, Local 41 and later Local 26 for over 30 years. He enjoyed his work as Business Manager/Organizer for 20 years.

Roy often repeated, “He who dies with the most toys, wins” and he took the saying literally. He was a passionate motorcycle and hot rod collector who was known for his 1923 Ford T-Bucket, 1938 Ford Pick Up, and Harley-Davidson Trike. Roy proudly drove his hot rods, always decorated with an American and Marine Corps flags, in local parades with his pitbull and best buddy, Barney riding shotgun.

In his free time, Roy loved traveling with his beloved wife, Katherine. They enjoyed regular trips around New England, camping, and visiting relatives in Canada.

Roy was a passionate, charismatic man who was well respected, and well loved by many. He impacted many union members, family members and friends just by his example. He was a source of great strength for his family, and inspired those around him to live life to the fullest. He will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered for his love of country, family, and Harleys. May he rest in peace.

Roy was the beloved husband of Katherine B. (Gibson) Fowlie with whom he shared 56 years of marriage. Devoted father of Deborah Fowlie of Wakefield, Pamela Kehoe and her husband Sean of Kensington, N.H., and Roy Fowlie Jr. and his fiancé Jennifer Riccardone of Stoneham. Loving grandfather of Brittnie Davies, and Alayna Davies. Roy is predeceased by his siblings, Charles Fowlie, Steven Fowlie, James Fowlie, Jean Brigance, and his beloved pitbull, Barney. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather in honor of Roy’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Thursday, May 5 from 4-8 p.m., and for his Funeral Service celebrated on Friday, May 6 at 12:30 p.m. Interment with US Marine Corps honors at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For online tribute: RobinsonFuneralHome.com