Arthur Diego Royer, 92, from Herrick Center passed away Saturday, under the care of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, with his partner, Bony, of 46 years, by his side. The family would like to thank the staff at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the excellent care and compassion that was provided.
He was born in Brooklyn NY, on April 29, 1929. He originally started coming to Herrick Center in 1949 before permanently relocating in 1986. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served in the Korean War. Arthur also worked at Gerber Construction, Queens NY, as a purchasing agent for 30 years. He was a prominent member of Our Lady of Victory Church in Brooklyn NY, serving as a church usher, Lector, Parish council member, youth religious counselor, and a member of the Holy Name Society. Arthur was known locally as the “Blueberry Man” at the Herrick Hill Huckleberry Farm for many years. He loved cooking, gardening, and was an avid reader.
He is survived by Bonifacio Ramos his lifetime partner for 46 years, a brother, Roger G. Sam, Dominican Republic; sister, Diane Jenkins, NC; friend, Charles Ramos, Carbondale; a friend of over 70 years, Charles B. Cannaday, NY; Luz “Cuchita” Rivera, NY; and Ivette Cruz, NY; who he considered to be like his own daughters; and a goddaughter, Stephanie A Torres, CA.
He is preceded in death by his mother Norma Sam, his stepfather Roger “Pa” Sam, and a brother Nicholas Roger.
Per his wishes, no funeral services will be held
Arrangements by the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main Street, Forest City. To send online condolences, visit the funeral home website.