Roy traveled an unusual path to
become an author and publisher. From 1978 to 1987 he was a
professional musician and worked part-time in the printing industry.
That gave him the opportunity to try his hand at graphic design,
creating posters and record jackets for his bands.
he began producing artwork on computers in the "pre-Windows" era and
by 1990 he was working as a freelance computer consultant,
applications trainer and graphic
Roy moved to the Constantia in 1988 and in 1989 purchased a home in
Cleveland with his wife Patricia where they still reside.
In February of 1995 Roy was drafted by friends to consider serving as
the Mayor after the sitting mayor resigned due to an illness. Thinking that he could help
the village by
serving the five months remaining in the term and then return to
“civilian life,” he accepted. Instead of five months Roy
served for seven years. In 2002 Roy "term-limited"
himself by not running again. When he left office, taxes and sewer
rates were lower than they had been in 1995 and the village was on a
strong financial footing.
In 1997, Roy became a partner in a startup company called DSS
Environmental, Inc., to help market their newly
patented water purification technology. By the end of the year he
had been promoted to president of the company, a position he held until the
company was sold to international water and energy conglomerate Covanta Energy
After the sale of DSS Environmental, Roy took the job he
says he loved the most, stay-at-home dad for his
toddler son Ethan. He also began designing internet web sites and
teaching HTML programming on
In 2003, when Ethan began full-time kindergarten, Roy started a
publishing company, The Forager
Press, LLC. That September the company published its first book,
Black Mold - Your Health and Your Home by
Richard Progovitz. Their second publication,
Adirondack Characters and Campfire Yarns, by William J.
O’Hern, was published in 2005 and is now in its 7th printing. After working with O’Hern for four
years as co-author of
An Adirondack Influence, The Life of A. L. Byron-Curtiss,
that book was published in June of 2008
Roy's first book as lead author is
Adirondack Adventures: Bob
Gillespie and Harvey
Dunham on French Louie's Trail published in August of 2012.
He frequently lectures and does multi-media
presentations about the Adirondacks, Adirondack Hermits and his books.
Roy's interest in the Adirondacks and their rich history led him
Central Adirondack Search and Rescue Team (CASART) in 2004. As a
member of that team he became a
DEC certified Wilderness First Responder and Crew Boss and has
served as Team President since 2010.
In 2013 Roy was elected to the Oswego County Legislature to
the Town of Constantia. Now in his second term he serves as Majority
Whip, Chair of the Economic Development and Planning Committee and
is doing what he calls the most important work of his life as Chair
of the Oswego County Community Health
and Poverty Reduction Task Force in partnership with the
Legislature and all the school districts in the County.