Roy A. Ghika
meant more to Roy than spending time with his family. A close
second was drinking a cold Sam Adams from his keg after a hard
day’s work. He traveled the world extensively with his wife
Marty of almost 70 years. He was a patriot and served proudly in
the Army. He was stationed in the Philippines in the late
40's-early 50's. He loved the flag and flew it proudly on his
property for all to see. He’ll be buried with military honors.
He loved this country and he loved watching football with
family. Being born during the depression made him extremely hard
working and appreciative. He worked hard to support his family
of 5, and built a successful business with his 3 sons that has
been in business for 40 years. He was a fair and honest man with
an extremely giving heart and he would speak his mind regardless
of the consequences. What you saw is what you got and you always
knew where you stood with him. He was always willing to lend a
helping hand to anyone that needed it.
He was a lifelong runner and an avid scuba diver. The wonder and
awe of nature was not lost on him. He loved the sea and dove for
lobsters with his dive buddy Harvey at Lob Lolly Cove in
Gloucester for decades. They had many adventures and he told
those stories with a passion. They once caught a 30 pound
lobster, and a 16 pound lobster once too. They discovered an 800
pound pre-civil war anchor that was unearthed by the storms from
the blizzard of ’78. That anchor now sits under his flagpole,
flying the American Flag in his backyard in Malden.
He was a very high energy man and enjoyed landscaping his
property that overlooks the Boston skyline and the ocean. He
loved his tools and working with wood. He created jewelry boxes,
plant hangers, wagons, lamps, birdhouses and chairs which adorn
the houses of family members to this day.
He was extremely proud of the last name and the Albanian
heritage of his elders. He was a man of his word, and his
favorite poem was “The Man in the Glass”, by Peter Dale Wimbrow.
Roy is survived by his loving wife F. Martha “Marty” Ghika. Roy
was the devoted father of Nancy Freda and husband Todd of FL,
Gary D. Ghika and wife Donna of Saugus, Thomas M. Ghika and wife
Lisa of Reading, Robert M. Ghika and wife Susan of Malden, his
son-in-law David Surette of Lynnfield. Roy was the cherished
grandfather of 15 grandchildren & 9 great-grandchildren. Loving
brother-in-law of Dotty Ghika.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Kathy A. Surette and his
late brother’s Victor & George Ghika and twins Ralph & Richard
Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Friday,
June 5, 2020 from 11AM-1PM in the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule
Funeral Home, 144 Salem St., Malden. Due to the State’s Social
distancing requirements, masks are required and restricting of
10 people in the building at one time. A private interment will
be held in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.
In lieu of flowers please kindly donate to the Alzheimer’s
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