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Chris Roy’s Funeral Was One One Of The More Powerful Things I’ve Ever Seen, And Charlie Baker Walked Right Past His Daughter And Couldn’t Offer His Condolences 

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Worcester Firefighter Chris Roy’s funeral was today at St. John’s Church on Temple Street, and it was one of the harder funerals you’ll ever see. You can watch the whole thing below on the Boston 25 News live feed. But what I took from it was the look of sadness you saw from firefighters from all over who attended. Most of them did not know Chris, but I’m sure an event like this can’t help but make them think, “What if this was my funeral? What if that was my daughter left behind?” Because the guy got a call for a fire, just like firefighters routinely do every day, and minutes later the lives of his friends and family were forever altered. Just like that. No goodbye or anything. It could’ve been any firefighter at that funeral. But none of them will quit their job over this. All of them will show up at work on their next shift. Someone had to man the Webster Square firehouse during the funeral. There will be more fires next week and someone will have to put them out.

His poor daughter Ava held up amazingly during the three hour ordeal. She’s old enough to understand the reality of death, and her composure under the circumstances was inspiring. She won’t have Daddy to walk her down the aisle at her wedding. He won’t be there for other milestone events in her life, and she’ll wish he was. She doesn’t have a custodial mother to fall back on at this time for support, but she does have loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the entire firefighting community. I’m sure a lot of people lost it right when the two men came to her in the front pew, knelt down, and presented her with the box that she held as her father was taken out of the church. She’s in my prayers, but it’s comforting to know she will be cared for.

The eulogy delivered by his three fellow firefighters and friends was especially touching. I went to high school with Weaver McGurn. He was always the crazy one, the kind of guy who would sign up to run into a fire to save other people. He was always extremely loyal to his friends. I met Sean Sullivan as an adult, and he’s one of the friendliest, down to earth people I’ve ever met, and he’d known Chris since childhood. Those of you who know Sean and obstacles he’s overcome in life know how remarkable it is for Sean to be up there in the first place. I didn’t know Dave Scavone, who bravely stood there and held Chris’ hat during the procession out of the church, but I know of him. Worcester is a really small community when you get down to it, as the priest mentioned in his sermon. It could’ve been any of them, but they’ll all keep going to work every day.

I wanted to keep this blog sentimental and positive, but there was one aspect of that funeral that pissed me off and I can’t help but comment on it. I understand it’s standard to have politicians show up at events like this, and I do appreciate them doing so. However, I was enraged when I saw Charlie Baker shake the hand of Chris Roy’s parents, and then walk right by his daughter like she was nothing.

This was him walking right past her, not even looking at her in the eye.

He was well aware that she was there and he couldn’t even be bothered to comfort her. I will never, ever forget that. Even though I don’t care for a lot of these politicians, Karyn Polito, Elizabeth Warren, Jim McGovern, Ed Markey, and Joe Petty all stopped to offer Ava their condolences.

They showed genuine emotion. And for that I can appreciate their humanity.

One thing that can’t be overlooked is that Chris Roy, John Davies, and the Worcester 6 all died while trying to save the lives of the most downtrodden. There were 21 kids who lived in the Lowell Street building, all of who survived. John Davies died in the terrible Vernon Hill kindlebox known as Arlington Street. The Worcester 6 were looking for two junkies who carelessly started a fire and told no one about it, prompting the search for them. It would be a lot easier to swallow if they died saving the little old lady whose stove caught on fire. There’s no doubt in my mind that this could’ve been avoided. But this is what they sign up to do – risk their lives for every citizen regardless of race, ethnicity, social standing, or ratchet status.

For that we will forever be thankful for the contributions of all firefighters, but especially for the deceased.

RIP Chris Roy.

67 Comment(s)
  • NYPD Wtf?
    December 17, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Worcester is lots of things but we aint gay like fucking New York City. Even the Worcester gays aint that gay they have a little pride. Yankees Suck!

  • ohplease
    December 17, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Can anyone name something useful that Baker has done as governor…other than NOT be Deval?

    Not being sarcastic. With so many people defending him, I’m wondering what has he done for Massachusetts.

  • RIPCR
    December 16, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    When I got the email notification of this blog I immediately opened it cause I didn’t watch the funeral. But a Webster sq kid, FB machine, we had many mutual friends, and I know a handful of FF’S.. I had rotten taste in my mouth when I read the whole blog headline(I was upset and disappointed)… Read it, clicked the funeral link and skipped to the eulogies. Ended up catching the Baker part on accident, that was classless on his part. And this blog wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be….. But. Personally. I’d rather hear more about heroic FF Christopher Roy.
    That said, u aren’t wrong.

  • U R A Dick
    December 16, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I can’t believe you would use this little girls loss of her Father for your political agenda and to meet your page view click quota.
    That poor girl has just lost everything in her life.
    Take the pics of the sad grieving little girl down you sadistic little prick.
    The kid doesn’t need to be Turtleboy famous

  • Bob
    December 16, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    You are a fucking useless piece of shit for trying to turn a tragedy into a dump on political opponents that I don’t like. FUCK YOU!!! This is like a Trump piece from the HuffPost. What a complete joke you are.

  • Not Fred
    December 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Fred is a douchebag

  • U R A Dick
    December 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Not only did you use Roys tragic death for clicks but you also exploited his innocent young daughter for your clicks.
    Do the world a favor and get yourself a noose and a rickety stool and end it. You’re sick.

    • Mirror Mirror
      December 16, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      And you’re a cock holster. So what? Everyone has their calling.

  • Publius
    December 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Bet the long absent mother tries to make a money grab.

  • Walter" Sometimes I ain't horny and can think" Bird
    December 16, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I was there and was sickened by The Fake Indian. She insulted every minority in public safety when she checked the box knowing she was stealing a position from a real minority that deserved a break. She is scum.

  • U R A Dick
    December 16, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Uncle Turtleboy you flaming fucking faggot! Stop using the Firefighter Roys death for your click bait.

  • Randall Guy
    December 16, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Really lame take. Every fucking story in the world doesn’t need to create a bad guy for you to be the good guy.

    You just used the child of deceased FF Roy to score political points. That makes you an opportunistic scumbag. No other way to look at it.

    And I like you. Dont make it so hard to keep liking you.

    • Bill Ranford
      December 16, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      You like TBS because it gives you an opportunity to jack off to every up or down vote your self-aggrandizing, pathetically transparent comments get. Maybe some day you’ll grow a pair of balls instead of being a sniveling little twat.

      • Chris Nilan
        December 17, 2018 at 11:11 am

        Hey Ranford skate your lane you unoriginal hack, find your own schtick, the washed up old goalie routine is mine. Loooser

        • Y
          December 17, 2018 at 11:33 am

          I love the old-time hockey goalie feud.

          • Glenn Resch
            December 17, 2018 at 5:03 pm

            Can’t people have any originality? I got another Schlick lined up as a back up but I know as soon as I start using that one………. copycat city

      • Randall Guy
        December 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm

        I like TB because its funny.

  • Stunt Penis
    December 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Baker is a clueless piece of shit. He was probably too busy thinking about covering up “Gropey Baker”‘s crimes to acknowledge the girl. I’m so glad I voted against him in the past election.

  • Maggie the Cat
    December 16, 2018 at 11:39 am

    I had already officially changed my party registration to Libertarian because of my disgust with RINO Baker, but if I hadn’t yet done so I sure would now!

  • Fred
    December 16, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Couple corrections TB…the Worc 6 didn’t die looking for homeless…they died trying to put out a warehouse fire…though the homeless angle does make for a better story

    and no one in their right mind would ever quit a 150k part time job where they do next to nothing including sleeping on the job.

  • Independent Thinker
    December 16, 2018 at 7:52 am

    How sad. Firefighter Roy must have been a terrific father. You can tell just by watching Ava. Such a fine young lady.

  • Mahky Mahk Ballbag
    December 16, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Paddy cake Paddy cake Baker’s man

    Bake him better optics as fast as you can

  • Have Some Cheese With that Wine
    December 15, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Although I think it might be an overblown take, these whiney pro-Baker commenters are LAME. It’s a little strange he didn’t acknowledge her but it’s also conceivable that he overlooked her in the moment unintentionally. Either way, pull your pants up and stop crying over a blog that stated a fact.

  • CrispyC
    December 15, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Elizabeth Warren probably asked her for a tissue so she could wipe the drool off her face.

    It’s hard to imagine this state elected this autistic lady to a US Senate seat. Oh this is a blog about Charlie Baker? Don’t care.

  • Denis Herron
    December 15, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Just a thought? Maybe he contacted privately?

  • Goobah
    December 15, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t care for RINO Baker but you should leave him alone on this one. You sound like a liberal

  • Goobah
    December 15, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I don’t care for RINO Baker but you should leave him alone on this one. You sound like a liberal

  • Jacob
    December 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Really classy TB, make it about politics. I am sure C Baker did it on purpose right???? You just lost a follower that came to your site every day.

    • fu
      December 15, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Yeah. What he said. FU tboy. Done here.

    • Uncle Turtleboy
      December 15, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      1. You won’t be missed.
      2. You’re not going anywhere.
      3. I hope your feelings are hurt. Bye.

    • Truth
      December 15, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      Fuck you Jacob. You ever been to a funeral or stood in the receiving line at a wake with a dead parent in the coffin? Its a huge sign of disrespect when anyone thats there doesn’t offer condolences to you, and seeing as his daughter is 9 years old, she is and should be the main focus of condolences even though she doesn’t know you. TB is right in his anger and there was nothing political about his opinion.

    • Fat Hungry Troll with a Big Cock
      December 16, 2018 at 5:41 am

      Everybody knew, this firefighter was survived by his 9 year old daughter and that he was a single father. Only thing more sad than his terrifying death, frigging awful what happened. TTB did the right thing and nailed Baker for his crap, Baker sucks ass, Baker’s son Gropey Smurf probably would have tried to molest her.

      Knowing that he leaves a 9 year old child behind, you go out of your way to acknowledge this young girl and you read her emotions, body language as to wether you only speak to her, shake her hand whatever. Maybe you bring her a small gift and give it to an adult relative to hold, whatever. Point is you make the effort for his child.

      First photo of a firefighter speaking looks like the infamous Loyd Braun, anyone else catch that? Best wishes for his daughter and RIP a good man was lost.

    • WeAreFukd
      December 16, 2018 at 9:20 am

      I just wanted to say good morning to Jacob & FU, because you know they’re here this morning reading TBS

    • Turdchomper
      December 16, 2018 at 9:47 am

      It’s not politics it’s real life. Baker is a piece of shit. And you probably won’t be missed.

  • Only Idiots would reelect Lizzie Warren
    December 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Maybe Lizzie Warren was approaching him so he needed to get away quickly

  • whatevuh
    December 15, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m tired of the anti-Baker shit, stick it up your self righteous ass

  • LlcJ
    December 15, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Whatever Charlie did, nothing is worse than Turtleboy using a firefighters death to settle scores. Sick.

  • Steve
    December 15, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Turtle love your work ..but this time I dont t agree with you about Tall Deval actions

    I’m not big fan of him but no way it was done internationally…He’s a father no way he would do that ..
    God bless Firemen Roy hero
    God watch over his daughter  Ava 

    • ohplease
      December 17, 2018 at 1:55 am

      “He’s a father no way he would do that ..”

      He’s a politician and she can’t vote for another 12 years.

      What is up with the Baker love fest? ALL MA politicians are a train wreck.

  • Gail
    December 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Jumping to conclusions… maybe Charlie Baker already spoken to the daughter beforehand?

    • WeAreFukd
      December 16, 2018 at 9:18 am

      Absolutely – I’d bet on that.

  • Kevin Belynch
    December 15, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Priestee Giancana there, wow, sounds like a bad Budda-bing stool rat with a pinchant for little boys. We are not Mayberry RFD, yah, you can say that again Scrumple Stiltz-foreskin. That Worcester accent is pure scumbag Middle Massachusetts, no doubt about that. So what, guy made big bucks to do what he did, dying was part of the contract, why are all these fuckers getting all cummy in their pants. Makes no sense. If Jesus is the most selfless person that ever lived, than Firefighters need to suck it up and move on. We all know the little girl is going to end up a hooker down on Belmont and Shrewsbury Sts, although sad to see, will only be filling those high heels that trash junkie mother of hers has done so well for years now.

  • Jefe
    December 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Bc Baker is a moron. Political with yet another tweed blazer. Lady could haunt houses. Liz Warren wouldn’t miss an opportunity to show her horse mouth. She only went for the “optics”
    Total wench
    What a sad event tho. Poor kid of his without her dad now.

  • Every Real Man
    December 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Charlie Baker is a serial panderer when it counts. So, this surprises me. It’s not like him to miss a photo op. Oh, and did you know he’s a Republican? Such a slimy scam artist…

    • Stop It
      December 15, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      Would you prefer to have that piece of shit Deval Patrick as governor still? Baker is a breath of fresh air after that little bigoted bastard. I’m quite sure Baker acknowledged the daughter at some point. This Story sucks and is ripe with bias

      • ohplease
        December 17, 2018 at 1:57 am

        Got to be a better option than Deval or Baker…but this is MA, so…no, probably not.

  • DQ
    December 15, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    The daughter can’t vote, so she is of no use to him.

  • Fred
    December 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    all that overtime! cha-ching! $$$$

    • Genos Steaks
      December 15, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      What the duck are you talking about? Let us guess. Either you failed the testing process to be a fireman or you girlfriend and mom blew an entyfire house Let us know Freddy

      • Fred
        December 15, 2018 at 6:16 pm

        You think these payroll heros show up on their own dime Geno?

        • Geno’s steaks
          December 15, 2018 at 6:22 pm

          They absolutely do. You’re a complete idiot who doesn’t know what you’re talking about. What noble profession do you have?

          • Fred
            December 15, 2018 at 6:29 pm

            Government employees don’t do anything on their own dime…you believe nonsense…do just a little homework.

      • Fred
        December 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm

        Are you sure he didn’t die of AIDS? Wouldn’t be the first time the Worcester Fire Department pulled off that scam.

        • Genis Steak
          December 16, 2018 at 1:49 pm

          So what was it you did for work again Freddy? Not a difficult question and you are one of the biggest douchebags ever in here.

          • Fred
            December 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm

            Really now? Worse then claiming a guy died at a fire..giving him a hero’s parade down main street yet he died from AIDS? That kinda douchbag level? Look up one LT. Donald Quinlin and get back to me..

            oh and none of your fucking business.

          • Genos Steak
            December 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm

            So you hate firemen why? You are a fucking loser and perhaps you don’t have a job. Ignorant piece of shit.

          • Fred
            December 16, 2018 at 3:52 pm

            Hate firemen? that’s your conclusion you ass? I hate political hacks..i hate liars who pull scams on the public…want another Worcester Fire Department scam? Check out the story of “firefighter” Mark Stomski another grift of the taxpayer…You know why the WFD pulls scams like that? because they know they can…because jackasses like you just assume..

          • Genos Steak
            December 16, 2018 at 5:03 pm

            Sounds like Fred is stalking the Worcester Fire Department. Again FRED, what was it you did for work? You ashamed of what you do? Sounds like you have serious self doubts and issues you should deal with. That and the fact you’re a massive douchebag and pussy Tell us another tall tale about the guys you jerk of to and you will feel better. Loser

          • Fred
            December 16, 2018 at 5:12 pm

            What the hell are you talking about you illiterate moron?

        • Not REALITY
          December 17, 2018 at 5:55 am

          Firemen are an icon for straits and for gays so they get used for all kinds of crap. Its like cheerleaders are to guys its a fantasy for a lot of people. So all that shit about firemen being gay is a fantasy of somebody else the fireman is caught in the middle. This video is an example of how other people use firemen for there own fantasies. DOESN’T make firemen gay they aren’t even real firemen its an old firetruck and they are gay actors. Cant believe people think this kind of shit is reel.

  • FF Atendee
    December 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    The only insulting thing I saw was Elizabeth Warren.

    • Only Idiots would reelect Lizzie Warren
      December 15, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      MULTIPLE Thumbs up!

  • Wooly Joe
    December 15, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Although im not a fan of politician charlie baker as a person he seems to be a good man. I cant imagine that would be something that he would intentionally do.

    • WeAreFukd
      December 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Absolutely.

      We can’t see her. Was she turned around or tying her shoe? Did he overlook it? So many possible reasons besides “she can’t vote.”

    • Jim
      December 15, 2018 at 7:13 pm

      Pc of shit reporting here by turtleboy, yea…..I’m sure it was intentional

      • Turdchomper
        December 16, 2018 at 9:44 am

        I’m sure it was also. F uck Charlie Baker.

  • MrSmiley
    December 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    RIP Sir.

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