In Memoriam : Wm. Roy Couch
Wm. Roy Couch - age: 93
(November 18, 1918 to January 16, 2012
Visiting hours are to be held Friday from 7 to 9 PM at Dennett, Craig & Pate 365 Main St, Saco.
A funeral Mass will be held Saturday 11:00AM at the Trinity Episcopal Church, Cleveland St. Saco. Father Robinson will officiate.
Condolences may be made to the family thru www.DCPate.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 401 Main Street, Saco, ME 04072
Saco, Wm. Roy Couch died on January 16, 2012 at the Seal Health Care Facility. Born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England November 18, 1918. He was raised in Torquay, Devonshire, he attended local schools and later Torquay Commercial College. Roy entered World War II at the age of 15 serving in the British Army from 1939 to 1946. His service included machine-gun regiment, then anti tank artillery, sergeant, then staff-sergeant specialist at HQ. From 1940-41, his various duties included defense of coast during Battle of Britain, 1942, First Army invasion of N. Africa, 1943, Sicily and Italy until March 1946. During his service, in September of 45, he flew from Italy back home to marry his sweetheart Barbara Balman.
After the war, he assisted his fatherís limo/taxi service from 1946-51. He drove celebrities, which included Crown Prince Olaf of Norway, film stars and Agatha Christie, in a Rolls Royce Phantom II.
Roy and his family immigrated to the United States on the RMS Newfoundland, arriving in Boston on February 1952.
He joined the Emery-Waterhouse Co in March of 1952. He was a sales rep and then became floor manager in January of 1954. His final position as VP of warehouses in Manchester, NH and Portland, ME where he retired in 1981.
In 1982, he joined with the late Paul Skarin, in Newport, NH and formed the Combustion Improvement Co., Inc to market a creosote-control liquid. He then sold this business in 2005.
He was a volunteer instructor, adult education (sales) for Manchester NH Chamber of Commerce.
Roy became a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Saco in 1972, Vestry Stewardship Chair of the Finance and Buildings and Grounds.
In 1986 Richard Ledererís column in the Maine Sunday Telegram ignited interest in creative writing. He became the recipient of several awards from Richard Lederer and from International Save-the-Pun Foundation; he became a life member in Canada. Roy has written hundreds of poems about individuals and special events. In 1999, he joined the Writerís group at the Dyer Library which helped keep his creative flame alive.
Always active, he joined the Advisory Council of Southern Maine Agency on Aging from 1999-2005.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Balman Couch of Saco, a daughter, Mrs. Lesley Anne Griswold and her husband Peter of Quincy, MA, a son, Alan John Couch and his wife Sheryl of Candia, New Hampshire, sisters Mrs. Queenie V. Buxton and Mrs. Doris Doggett, both of Westbrook, and Mrs. Edna Barrett, wife of John, of England, a sister in law Ella Couch of Westbrook, 7 grandchildren Michael and Jennifer Couch, Anne and Melissa Griswold, Christopher, Valerie and Shawn Couch and two great grandchildren Finnian and Curran.
Deborah Poehlman - January 18, 2012 Contact this person
Mrs. Couch, Lesley and Alan,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. We both remember Roy as part of the "dance class group" with the Motowylaks and Corriveaus and will always remember him as someone with a quit whit and ready smile. Those days were filled with so much happiness. Our sympathies to everyone in your family.
Russell & Deborah (Heinonen) Poehlman