MONTPELIER – Paul Garcia Royce, 29, died April 30, 2001 at Woodridge Nursing Home of complications from Autism. He was born May 14, 1971 in Berlin, VT, the son of Fred and Lynda (Garcia) Royce.
Paul is survived by his Mother Lynda of Montpelier and Father Fred of Bozeman Mont.; brother Craig Royce of Burlington, VT and Maternal Grandmother Jemma B. Garcia of Woodridge Nursing Home, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A family memorial service was held Friday at Green Mount Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s memory to Woodridge Patient Activity Fund, PO Box 550, Barre, VT 05641.
“A Brother’s Tribute”
“Paul touched many of us during his thirty years as a son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend.
Born mid-spring in Berlin, Vermont, Paul was energetic from the start. As a young boy he would play in the grass and go for rides on his father’s shoulders. As an older brother, Paul was a natural, annoying Craig with hair pulling, or by blocking the television. But Paul and his family had extra burdens to weather from very early on, and as time unfolded, these burdens evolved for the family. As these physical bonds grew, so did our love for Paul, and while his body endured great unrest, we know his Spirit knows love, and that he is loved.
One hundred years of contemplation will never reconcile our deepest questions. In this world, there is much that seems senseless, unfair, even at times, cruel. And yet we make the strength to come to terms, each of us in our own way, hoping that life never stops sharing its inherent beauty. As we recognize the end of Paul’s physical journey, and the end of his pain, we can look to find some comfort in the hopes that Paul’s real journey is just beginning.
Much like the song of a bird, Paul now travels with the wind.
We will miss you, and never forget you.”
We Love You, Paul Royce