Weir Mac Cuish Family Funeral Home

144 Salem Street, Malden, MA 02148

A member of the Malden Community since 1896

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Roy A. Ghika


Nothing 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 Ghika.

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.

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