Remembering Attorney Harmon Roy
We are sad to announce that attorney and 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee Harmon Roy has died.Well-known Lafayette attorney and former king of the Krewe of Gabriel Harmon Francis Roy died July 16. He was 88.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Delhomme Chapel of the Flowers on Bertrand for Roy.
Visiting hours be observed at Delhomme Funeral Home on Bertrand drive Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. A Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Visiting hours will continue on Friday from 8 a.m. until the time of service.
Burial will take place in Calvary Mausoleum.
Roy was a Lafayette High School graduate and attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He went on to graduate from Tulane Law School in 1952.
Harmon Roy is pictures with other LBA Hall of Fame
Harmon Roy is pictures with other LBA Hall of Fame inductees at the banquet and ceremony in September, 2014. (Photo: Kris Wartelle)
Roy served his country as a first lieutenant JAG, U.S. Army during the Korean War. He started his law practice in Lafayette in 1955 as founder of Roy, Bivins, Judice, Roberts and Wartelle.
Ronnie Judice and Roy practiced law together for more than 20 years.
"He was really admired among his peers," Judice recalled. "When a firm of attorneys had a legal problem, they hired Harmon to represent them. To me, that was proof of his standing in the community among his compatriots. He was very sharp and had a terrific sense of humor."
Roy was as well-known in legal circles as he was for his civic involvement.
He was the Lafayette city attorney from 1972 to 1980, president of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association, inductee into the inaugural class of the Lafayette Bar Association Hall of Fame in 2014, president of Lafayette Town House, president of the Lafayette Chapter of the American Red Cross, member of the Board of Directors of the Lafayette United Givers Fund, member of the Board of Trustees of Lafayette General Hospital, vice president of the Board of Directors of Hospice of Acadiana Foundation Board, president of the Reading Research Foundation.
He also was founder and president of the Harmon F. Roy Family Education Foundation, through which he established a professorship at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to help aspiring teachers specialize in learning disabilities.
Harmon Roy with grandson Michael Roy.
Harmon Roy with grandson Michael Roy. (Photo: Caroline Roy)
"He just loved being able to help people, and he loved being involved," his daughter Cherie Broussard said. "He was always a very special person — always very generous and giving, especially with the education and hospice volunteering."
Broussard said Roy's desire to start his own education foundation for learning disabilities stemmed from one of his children having reading difficulties.
Roy also gained the respect of many in the legal community throughout his long career.
Family and friends describe Roy as a man who was on top of everything and earned his respect. They said he put 100 percent into everything he did, and that included his professional and personal passions.
Roy was a member of the Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association and the Krewe of Gabriel and served as King Gabriel LVI in 1995. He was also a past president of the Krewe of Les Brigands de Lafitte.
Harmon Roy enjoys vacation time with one o his grandchildren.
Harmon Roy enjoys vacation time with one o his grandchildren. (Photo: Caroline Roy)
Roy is survived by his three children, Linda Roy Hunter, Harmon Bryan Roy and Cherie Roy Broussard and their mother Gerry Prather Roy. His extended family includes two stepchildren, numerous grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Roy's family said his sense of humor also will be missed.
"Daddy laughed and joked a lot," Broussard recalled. "He liked to make people laugh. And he was just always there. You could always call dad."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Harmon F. Roy Family Education Foundation, c/o Raymond James, 1220 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70508.
Article by Kris Wartelle, Lafayette Daily Advertiser.
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