The Winchendon Courier
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Week of August 20 to August 27, 2020


Anna R. Roy

September 8, 1918 ~ August 12, 2020 (Age 101)

WINCHENDON – Anna R. (LaPlante) Roy, 101, formerly of 108 Summer Street, died peacefully Wednesday evening, August 12, 2020 in Fitchburg HealthCare, with her son at her side.

She was born in Winchendon on September 10, 1918, daughter of the late Joseph and Geraldine (St. Lawrence) LaPlante and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon.

Anna had worked as a clerk at the former Christos Candy Store and had previously worked for White Brothers, C.F. Bard and Robert Taylor’s Candy and Ice Cream Shop in Rindge, NH.

She was a long-time member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

She enjoyed reading, walking, and baking cakes. Weekly, she attended flea markets with her sister-in-law. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her family.

Her husband, William J. Roy, died in 1991. She leaves a son Kenneth A. Roy of Holden; three grandchildren, Colleen Bottalico and her husband Peter of Barkhamsted, CT, Nicholas Roy and his wife Sandra of West Boylston and David Roy of West Palm Beach, FL; four grandchildren, Dante, Marco, Roman and Rhozwyn and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Adelard LaPlante, Euclid LaPlante, Roland LaPlante and Gerald Gauthier.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 at 11 A.M. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. A calling hour will precede the service on Friday from 10 to 11 A.M.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Winchendon.

Memorial donations may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Renovation Fund, 52 Spruce Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.

David Herbert McKay

November 21, 1935 ~ August 13, 2020 (Age 84)

David Herbert McKay, age 84 of Romney, passed awaypeacefully at home on Thursday, August 13, 2020 with his family by his side.

David is preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel(Peters) McKay and his second wife, Jean (Cooley) McKay; his grandsons, JasonShank and Paul James; a stepdaughter, Judy James; and a brother-in-law, Donald Doncaster.

He is survived by his daughters, Dolores Maheux(husband Paul) of Romney, Diana Lacombe (husband David) of McKinney, TX, and DonnaMartin (husband David) of Romney; a son, David B. McKay (wife Patricia) ofWinchendon, MA; his sister, Janet Doncaster of Westminster, MA; his brother,Frank McKay of Creedmoor, NC; two stepdaughters, Sheila Pelow (companionRichard) of Eloy, AZ and Deborah Melanson (husband Ray) of Fitchburg, MA; onestepson, Robert LeBlanc of FL. David isalso survived by 13 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

David was born November 21, 1935 in Fitchburg, MA. He was the son of the late Herbert and Marie(Vicary) McKay. He attended gradeschool, high school, and technical schools in the Fitchburg area where hesubsequently met and married Hazel and started their family. David worked in the paper industry as anElectrician, Supervisor, and an Electrical Engineer. The year 1998 brought him to his last projectin the State of Washington at the Kimberly Clark Paper Company in the City ofEverett. The power plant at the papermill was modernized and its capabilities dramatically increased with abilitiesto supply power to the local hospitals if required. This project concluded in the year 2000 andDavid retired.

After David's retirement he met and married JeanCooley (Hazel had died in 1990) and they enjoyed life and one another untilJean's death in 2014. David's familyencouraged him to move to the mountains of West Virginia and be near his familythat resided in Romney. Once in Romney,David was able to continue to enjoy his life-long interests and hobbies of flyfishing, photography, water color painting, and amateur radio operator where heconversed with people around the world.

At a date to be determined, David will be buried withhis first wife, Hazel, at St. Bernard's Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA.

The family wishes to express their gratitude toHospice of the Panhandle for the care and support David received in his final days.

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney, 304.822.3511

1966 ~ July 8, 2020 (Age 54)

Sterling - Rodney P. Rugg, 54, died unexpectedly at Leominster Hospital on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. He was born in Leominster, the son of William and Ruth (Farnsworth) Rugg and had lived most of his life in Sterling.

Rodney attended Wachusett High School and worked at several restaurants, including Country Fair Restaurant. He had also worked at Apple town Market in Sterling for a time. Rodney enjoyed watching pro wrestling and cheering for the Ice Cats at one of their games. Above all he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Rodney is survived by his brothers, Russell Rugg and his wife Carole of Winchendon, and Roger Rugg and his wife Trish of Arizona; his sisters, Wanda Sellars of Templeton and Juanita Day of Lancaster; sister-in-law, Gloria Rugg of Sterling, as well as many nieces and nephews. Rodney was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Rugg; and his brother-in-law, Arnold Sellars Jr.

Funeral services are private and under the care of Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, 100 Worcester Road, Sterling.