SOUTHBOROUGH, MASS. – Robert (Bob) Roy, of Southborough, Massachusetts, formerly of Brookline, Massachusetts, passed away on Jan. 29. He was the husband of the late Ann (Shrefler) Roy, and long-term companion of Gail Esposito. Born in Providence, he was the son of Nathan and Hannah Roy.
Bob founded Jofran in 1975, a wholesale furniture distributor of imported goods, in Norfolk, Massachusetts. He was seen as a leader and visionary in the furniture industry. He graduated from Classical High School in 1955. During high school, he won the state junior golfing championship several times. Bob received a bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1959.
He was the father of Joffrey Roy (Farley Sullivan) of Brookline and Randi Roy of Westport, Connecticut; grandfather of Max Cutler and Jordan Cutler; “Popa Bob” to Griffin and Shaylin Harding; brother of Maxine Roy Richman; uncle of Wendy (Richman) Levinson and Bruce Richman. He will also be missed by Nicole Esposito and Michael Esposito, and many other family and friends.
Those who wish may make a donation in his memory to the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, and mail it to Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, RI 02906.