Roy Fredrick Knack


(October 10, 1934 - February 18, 2013)

Roy Knack lived in Hoquiam almost all his life, leaving only to attend college and work in Seattle for a few years. He passed away on February 18, 2013, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital, at the age of 78, after spending over a decade in various care facilities. Several strokes had robbed him of his ability to speak, swallow and move about; but they could not take away his big smile or the strong grip with his left hand.

After his stint in the U.S. Army, Roy went to work for Boeing as an engineer. The hard times at Boeing in the late 1960’s caused many lay-offs and Roy was among them. So, he moved back to Hoquiam and lived with his dad at the home he was born in on “O” Street. Roy worked for his dad at the Knack Cabinet Shop, plus did special projects for an uncle and had his own pet endeavors that usually involved working with wood. His favorite pastime was trying to build boats, from canoes to cabin cruisers.

An only child and a life-long bachelor, Roy leaves no survivors except for some cousins who will deeply miss his sweet smile and firm handshake. He also leaves numerous friends, classmates and caregivers who have known Roy over his many decades in Hoquiam and appreciated him for his quiet demeanor and understood how very shy he was.

Roy was laid to rest beside his parents in Fern Hill Cemetery in Aberdeen.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on August 26, 2013, at the Coleman Mortuary.

Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.