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Obit Joseph Benjamin Roy Jr., retired state fire marshal

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Ben was FMANA (IFMA) President from 1989-1990 and Executive Secretary from 1991-1998.

Joseph Benjamin Roy Jr., retired state fire marshal

April 21, 2020

Joseph Benjamin Roy Jr., 81, of Rehoboth Beach passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.  He was born June 9, 1938, in Easton, Pa., son of the late Joseph B. Sr. and Elma T Roy.

Ben was a graduate of Dover High School and Goldey-Beacom College.  He honorably served the State of Delaware as the deputy fire marshal before being promoted to the position of Delaware State Fire Marshal, where he remained until his retirement.  In 1991, Ben went to work for the National Fire Protection Association, where he was the executive secretary of the Fire Marshals Association of North America, until his retirement in 2011.  He served as a councilman on the Town of Clayton Town Council, was a life member of the Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company, a life member of the Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna, a charter member and past president of the Delaware Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, a member of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association, a Mason in the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Harmony Lodge No. 13, and was a member of the Dewey Beach Lions Club.

A passionate and talented cook, Ben owned and operated Scully’s Café with his wife, Sharon, in Dewey Beach.  He was happiest spending his summers surrounded by his children and grandchildren in Dewey Beach, and winters with his wife in Aruba, where he was affectionately known as “Poppy.” He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. It’s been a hoot.

In addition to his parents, Ben was preceded in death by his brother, James Roy.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Sharon S. Roy; his children:  Andy Roy (Kelli), Deb Bringman (Fred), Stacy Mullin (Pat), and Jadi Desmond (Amy); and his nine grandchildren.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Ben’s memory to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE  19963, or


Please visit Ben’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guestbook at