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Roy E. Pitcher, Jr.


Roy E. Pitcher, Jr., age 95 of Wayne, died Monday, June 12, 2017. He had been a resident of Wayne since 1950.

Roy grew up in Paterson and attended St. John’s High School. As a teenager, he joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. Upon returning home from the Service, he took a job with the Bendix Corporation where he worked for many years. He preferred to work the night shift at Bendix, which allowed him to operate his painting business during the day. Roy worked two jobs for most of his life and he was fastidious about his painting, retiring at the young age of 80 years old.

Roy met his darling wife, Eleanor (nee Setlock) while bowling (he was an excellent bowler) in the Styretowne section of Clifton. After a brief courtship, they married on May 10, 1947, which was also Roy’s birthday and that little fact helped him to never forget his wedding anniversary! They purchased a vacant building lot in Wayne and began to build their own home. Roy didn’t know much of anything about building houses, so he began to read “how to” books. Lo and behold, he successfully built their house himself, with Eleanor’s help too, of course, and much to the dismay of his critics, that home is still standing strong today! They officially ‘moved in’ to that new home in 1950 and began raising their family. Roy’s children recall countless treasured memories in their home, as well as many memorable vacations to places like Long Beach Island, fishing trips to Alexandria Bay on the St. Lawrence River, and camping in Virginia. Roy always chose their vacation destinations based upon the local fishing activity because he just loved to fish. He was also a devoted NY METS fan, listening to their games on the radio while he painted. His boys painted with him as teenagers, but those experiences didn’t make for the best of memories, as Roy was just too particular about painting that no one, not even his own sons, could meet up to his high standards – and he let them know it! Nevertheless, the kids can all laugh about those days now, and reflect fondly on the memories they made with their dad. They will all miss him dearly.

Roy was predeceased by his dearest Eleanor in 1999, and he is survived by three children; Patrick Pitcher and his wife Linda of Delaware, Brian Pitcher and his wife Mary Beth of Delaware, Maureen Breznovits and her husband Keith of Towaco, NJ, six grandchildren; Justin Pitcher and his fiancé Jade Nelson of Maryland, Shana Jones and her husband Zach of San Diego, Brian and Erin Pitcher of Delaware, and Ryan and Kelly Breznovits of Towaco, and one great-grandchild; Waylon Jones of San Diego, CA. Roy was also predeceased by his siblings; June Hanlon, Alice Menton, and Frank Pitcher.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 4-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9:30AM on Thursday, June 22, 2017 from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, 630 Valley Rd, Wayne, where at 10:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered.

Donations in Roy’s memory would be greatly appreciated. Please consider the Passaic County Meals on Wheels program, as they provided wonderful support to Roy throughout the years since he lost his wife Eleanor. Donations can be made directly to “Meals on Wheels” and sent to; “Attn; Bennie Cook, Meals on Wheels, 930 Riverview Drive, Suite 250, Totowa, NJ 07512.”

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Pat, My condolances to you Linda, and the rest of your family on the loss of your Dad. Unfortunately I will not be able to make the services this week, I'll be away for business. I'll always remember your Dad being one of our biggest fans sitting in the sitting in the stands with Stella and others. My kids always loved when your Dad came to the game because he always brought "Speedy" with him, and my kids loved to play with the dog. Till this day, they still wondered why he never barked! It was great that you got to see him only a few short weeks ago. May the wonderful memories you have of him sustain you and your family during this most difficult time. His pain is gone now, and he is rejoined with your Mother. God bless Roy, and God bless the Pitcher family. Frank, Gil, Tim, Paul and Robby

Frank and Gillian Velardi


Deepest condolences to my Dearest Friend Maureen and her family. I personally know all the ups and downs that you, Maureen, have gone through during the past few years. You are an amazing daughter and human being. You helped your Dad so much which allowed him to live as long as he did and even though he may have grumbled at times, you know how much he appreciated you and loved you. He is smiling down on you right now and he will be joined with your Mom in Heaven. Just know his spirit will live on and will be with you and the family always. God Bless! Your Friend for Life, Antje

Andy and Antje Virostek


Pat, Brian, Maureen and families Sad to hear of Roy's passing. Some very fond Longwood Court memories involving your Dad and Mom.They are in Heaven together again having a Longwood Ct reunion with our Mom and Dad. Much Aroha (love) to you all from the Milnes girls;Jackie,Leslie and Judy, here in New Zealand and Australia. Thinking of you all at this very sad time for your families.

Jackie Milnes O'Reilly


Woody and sorry to hear but clearly your Dad had a great long run. He's lucky to have had such a long life and much time with his family.

Bill Cerullo


Pat, Brian & Maureen and Pitcher families. How very sad to hear of Roy's passing. I have very fond memories of Roy & of course Eleanor. Jackie said it all. You will all be in my thoughts at this difficult time. Kia Kaha ( Stay Strong) Love Leslie & Doc

Leslie Milnes Ward


Maureen, Pat, and Brian, I was sorry to just read of “Mr. Pitcher’s” passing and send condolences from Scott, Gary, and me. The entire Pitcher family were great neighbors to the Beck’s. I always enjoyed being able to greet your parents as we arrive in our driveway on a visit from Texas. Your dad was a great friend to my parents, as the last originals on the block, they were special. I remember your dad getting ready for fishing season by testing out his outboard motor in a 40 gallon drum of water at the top of the driveway. I always remember him riding his riding lawnmower to cut the grass. The baseball games in your backyard with “Stinky”, the basset hound down past the lilac bushes at the back property line were fun. I always new when we went you your house for lunch or a snack, we could get a treat from the cases of soda in the basement which later became the home for Maureen’s guinea pigs! Lastly, the story about house painting is poignant, as I would always remember my mom saying that Brian and/or Pat would ask why they did not make as much as Roy did for painting and his response was, “when you can’t paint as fast and good as me, you will.” Your dad represented the end of an era on Longwood Ct. he is missed. Love, Rich Beck

Richar Beck and all the Houston Beck’s


When It's a teenager I worked with Roy on several houses learned how to spray paint exterior and interior. I remember one house we did that had dark brown interior walls and trim.we had to clean the walls that were kind of greasy .it turned out they were white with white trim .home owners were heavy smokers .I will always remember that job we had no problems.I asked Roy about a year ago about his time in the Navy he traveled all over on a supply ship the Patrick was in Australia quite a few times.He said he named Pat after the ship.I really miss him we had great visits when I was up in Wayne and great memories .I remember the big party he had when the mortgage was paid off and he burned to all Scott and Carol Beck

Scott Beck


many memories with Pat & Brian. Even ran into Maureen in town. Roy painted our house in Montville some years ago. I was nervous about it...he was no spring chicken. He did a great job. Condolences to Pat, Brian & Maureen. 97 huh?

Bob Brown

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