Roy Ean Eyford

February 14, 1951 - June 29, 2023
July 1, 2023 8 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

The worst has happened. Roy is gone. He suffered a massive stroke last Friday, and a second catastrophic one on Saturday morning. Our two eldest sons and I spoke to the doctors who told us that the second stroke left Roy zero chance of recovery. He died the afternoon of June 29, with the three of us nearby. I was holding his hand when he died. I know in my heart that he knew we were there with him.

Roy was larger than life. His enthusiasms were many. He loved to ski, to dance, to scuba dive, to travel, to ride and train our horses, to spend time with his dogs, and to spend time with me. We had 30 wonderful years, enjoying those enthusiasms.

We dreamed our dreams together. We spent years researching the perfect place to retire to sunshine and warmth. Isla Joya was our final dream, and we loved it there, together.

Oh, how I loved you. Oh, how I will miss you. 💔

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” ~Louise Erdrich

Roy is survived by Sharon Roberts, Brett Eyford (Maria), Greg Eyford, Anwen Roberts (Tyrone) and Taylor Bintner.

  1. From one Sharon to another… love is a hard thing in all the pain it can bring when you lose the one you love, but it is a great thing to have shared, and it will help your heart heal itself having had it. Remember, you have friends who are there for you.

    Sending love and best wishes to all that loved Roy and to those that he loved. ❤️

    Sharon & Phil Bourdeau

  2. Well, Roy, I am sure it was never your plan to leave the love of your life and your jewel of an island so soon, but I want you to know that we will be there to hold the hand of the one you loved so well. I will miss your great jokes, and your perspective on life, and wish that we could have known you for longer.
    Your legacy is long and your heart was true.

  3. Prayers and warm thoughts for you Sharron

  4. I met Roy twice (both times with Brett) but only spent an hour or so with him. It was clear to me that Roy was an adventurist who loved to explore and to do! I wish I could have known him better as his enthusiasm for life was infectious. My condolences to Brett and family (and extended family). I hope you find peace in the fact that you were lucky to know Roy in all his glory!

  5. Dear Sharon,

    I was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Roy’s death. I so wish that I had had the opportunity to meet the man that made such a difference in your life. It is evident that he was a special person, to have earned your trust and respect and love, and to have kept it for the 30 years you were together.

    Thirty years! That is effectively forever, and from how you have described Roy, in our brief visits and on your Facebook posts, it is clear that they were 30 good years. And, while I grieve with you and for your loss, I’m so glad that you have had the gift of someone so special in your life for such a long time. Someone with whom you could be strong and joyful, and I imagine, someone to whom you could turn when you didn’t feel like being strong for the moment.

    I hope you believe and feel contentment in knowing that the 30 years were good for Roy as well, and that his life was enriched by your partnership. I’m sure that must be true.

    I can only begin to imagine how much sorrow and pain you are experiencing now, and I’m very glad that you have your circle of family and friends to support you and to share your sorrow. And, while I know you have every possible support, please know that if there is anything at all that I can offer to you in the future, near or far, you have only to ask.

    With much love … Nancy

  6. Hi Brett
    I heard about your big loss recently. It was shocking to me because I thought he had been healthy. Anyway I guess it is one of the most difficult time in your life. I hope you and your family can go through this hard time smoothly and recover nicely from the enormous grief soon. I think your dad will in the eternal peace and rest. If you need any help then let me know. Take care

  7. From our family to yours, our deepest condolences and hugs Sharon. You and Roy had a special bond, that stood the test of time. Together you made your dreams a reality. As sad as his passing is, he has a legacy of love. Someone is never truly gone, as long as he stays in the hearts of others. And we all know he was adored.

  8. Dear Sharon and family,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband and father and best friend..

    Hugs to you all.

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