Bernard P. Royer
1955 - 2008

Bernard Peter Royer of Summit Avenue in Oak Bluffs passed away on Sunday, March 16, at his home surrounded by his loving daughter, Kendal Royer; his former wife, Carol Avides; his loving girlfriend, Helen Uusitalo; and his faithful dog, Bruno. He was 52.

Bernard was born on Nov. 16, 1955, in Leominster and moved with his parents, John H. Royer and Eva Marie (Turbide) Royer, to Bourne for a period of time before returning to Leominster and graduating from Leominster High School.

He spent eight years in the Air Force and traveled from Sacramento, Calif., to Madrid, Spain, and Alaska. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant from McClellan Air Force Base in California.

He lived on Martha’s Vineyard for the past 12 years and worked on the island and on Nantucket for various companies as a painter and carpenter. Bernard was a member of the VFW Post 9261 in Oak Bluffs. He enjoyed biking, boating, snorkeling, photography, music, painting and drawing.

He is survived by his father, John H. Royer; and stepmother, Taimi Royer of Centerville; his loving companion, Helen Uusitalo of Oak Bluffs; his daughter, Kendal Royer of Leominster; and his son, Christopher Royer of Minnesota; and his former wife, Carol Ann (Sharos) Aviles of Leominster. He was predeceased by his mother, Eva Marie Royer.

His memorial service was held in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs, on Saturday, March 22, at 11 a.m. Donations could be made in his memory to his daughter, Kendal Royer, 330 Lancaster St., Leominster, MA 01453. Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.