Let us remember Roy's life, filled with family and friends who loved him.
  • 19 years old
  • Born on October 5, 1998 in Nashua, New Hampshire, United States.
  • Passed away on December 12, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

This memorial website celebrates the all-too-brief life of Roy Paul Ellis Pietrek, age 19.

Born on October 5, 1998, in Nashua, NH to April Dawn Ellis and Paul Matthew Pietrek.

Passed away on December 12, 2017, while attending Grand Canyon University, in Phoenix, AZ.

Roy grew up in New Hampshire, first in Hollis and later in Center Barnstead. He attended Concord Christian Academy. He also spent significant time in Seattle, WA with his father and stepmother, Carrie, 

Roy was an extremely lively and active child who enjoyed creating things. From an early age, he constantly constructed elaborate projects with Legos and Bionicles. Later, he excelled at creating video game levels and videos. He was a crack video game player, amazing people with his skill and ingenuity. From The Italian Job, to Halo, to Call of Duty, Roy was passionate about video gaming. With a father who worked at Microsoft, he was an XBox devotee.

Roy was also known for his love for animals of all stripes. He showered his dogs Teddy, Gunther, Murphee, Marlene, Dempsey, Angus, Hendrix and Schatzi with constant devotion.

He also enjoyed movies and television series. Some of this favorite shows were Modern Family, The Office, and House of Cards.

Although shy at times, Roy made friends easily. He left behind many, many friends who miss him dearly.

He is survived by his mother April, father Paul (Matt), stepmother Carrie Smith, stepfather Thomas Normandin, step-siblings Lexi and Christopher Normandin, grandmothers Martha Weid Pietrek and Samantha Ellis, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Please look through the many photos here that celebrate some of the best times of Roy's life.

I am researching an appropriate cause to honor Roy's memory. It will be something to help other young people in similar circumstances as Roy. I will share the details on how to contribute here, once identified.


Posted by Emily Walsh on 12th December 2018
1 year gone today. We miss you Roy. That night will never leave me. Hope to see you again someday. You changed me forever and I can’t wait to tell you about it in heaven.
Posted by Fee Fioses on 19th April 2018
rest in peace roy i found out thru snapchat 4 or 6 hours after you did it and i couldnt believe it and looking back on your social media i cant believe it was a planned thing almost. i miss u bro
Posted by Lucas Dodington on 11th January 2018
I remember for a majority of 2017 me and Roy would Skype call for hours and hours on end every single day playing call of duty together until he got into college, he was always such a nice and thoughtful, Roy slowly became one of my best friends, online or not he was one of the nicest and greatest person I’ve ever met, I’m in tears typing this, I love you so much and miss you every single day Roy, can’t believe it’s only been one month since you’ve been gone, it feels like just yesterday we were playing PS3 laughing with our friends, may you Rest In Peace Roy, see you soon.
Posted by Joan Veroneau on 5th January 2018
My deepest sympathy for you and your family.Shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of Roy..may he find eternal peace.My son's..Alex and Justin Rayno had many fun times with your son.Playing games..and generally just being boys ..lots of joking and laughing..as evidenced by their friendly posts.. banter..and few stories I'm aware of.Apparantly..min son Alex told me some "untruth"(fake news)about Roy..no idea what this was about..I'll find out!!Love and peace to your family.. during this unimaginable time..may you find peace in God..I know Roy was a Christian young man and trust he is at peace with his heavenly father. God bless you all. Lovinly..Joan Veroneau
Posted by Caiden Duhaime on 5th January 2018
Words cannot explain how much I miss you. We played call of duty and Skyped everyday in summer 2016. We still continue to communicate on Snapchat. When I heard you passed I no words can explain how heart broken I was. I miss you so much bro rest we’ll I’ll see you soon.
Posted by Tom Normandin on 28th December 2017
Mom and I miss you Roy. We are so devastated by what happened and wish it was all a dream. Murphee misses you too. I hope Marlene greeted you when you got to heaven
Posted by Kathy Cote on 28th December 2017
Rest in peace, Roy.

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