Roy Edward Grymes, 66, president of the local 1999 Boilermakers Union

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HAMPSTEAD — Roy Edward Grymes, 66, of Hampstead, passed from his earthly life on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, at his home.

He was born April 4, 1950. in Henrico County, Va., the son of the late Robert Jasper Grymes and Julia Elizabeth Walker Grymes.

He is survived by his son, Sandy Grymes (Cynthia) of Wilmington; daughter, Wendy Grymes Strickland (Shawn) of Hampstead; grandchildren, Gabe and Hannah Strickland, Lincoln and Isabella Grymes and Thomas Hill; brother, Robert Grymes, Jr.; and sisters, Ann Closson and Patricia Slade.

Roy was the president of the local 1999 Boilermakers Union, in which he was very active in planning and carrying out holiday food drives and establishing local food pantries.

He loved living close to the beach, as he was an avid surfer. Roy, being a devoted and caring father, grandfather and brother, enjoyed time with his family, particularly his five grandchildren. Abby, Marley and Blackbeard were three canine companions that he loved dearly. He will be missed by all who held him near and dear in their hearts.

Roy’s family will gather to honor and remember his life on Nov. 12, 2016, at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. If you plan to attend, please contact family for time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you consider a donation to your local food bank in memory of Roy.