Roy passed away at home in his sleep on Monday, December 21st. Roy was the eldest son born to Emilio and Mary (Ponzetti) Querio. He grew up in Berkeley, attended parochial grammar school and graduated from Saint Marys’ College High School in 1947. After graduation he worked at the West Berkeley branch of Bank of America for two years. During that time his parents sold their interest in the Franklin Market, which was started by his grandfather, and moved to Walnut Creek. There they opened an Italian delicatessen on Main Street, the Vittle Vendor Market. Now living in Walnut Creek, Roy enrolled at Armstrong College in Berkeley. He graduated in December 1951 with a BBA in Accounting and went to work as a Junior Auditor for Ernst and Ernst in San Francisco.
Roy met Barbara Granzotto while he helped out at the deli on weekends as her mother liked to shop at the new Italian delicatessen. When Barbara graduated from Acalanes High School she also attended Armstrong College and Roy would drive her to and from school everyday. They began dating and Roy proposed in January, 1952. They were married on August 10, 1952 and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary last year.
In 1953 Barbara’s father offered him a job to run the office at Granzotto Trucking, he accepted the position. He stayed there as General Manager until 1965. In October 1965 Roy and Barbara started their own company, Royal Trucking, in Cowell CA. In 1972 they moved the transportation business to Concord and there they also began their commercial real estate development business. The companies are now being run by their three children and two sons-in-law. Roy loved what he did and after retirement he always asked “the boys” what was going on at the office, even as his health declined.
He was a member of Concord Rotary since 1976 and a Paul Harris Fellow; wherever we travelled Roy would find a weekly Rotarian luncheon so as not to miss a week. Roy was also a long time member of Round Hill Country Club and the Fratellanza Club in Oakland, where Roy and Barbara spent many Saturday nights dancing during their courting years. Roy was a wonderful dancer. He loved to party, tell tall tales and had funny sayings that his grandchildren still talk about. Roy was very generous with his family, friends and anyone in need without any accolades necessary. He faithfully supported the Fratellanza Club and St. Marys’ College High School.
Roy was the proud father of three children, Michael, Heidi and Carla. He loved to travel with them. The family spent time together in Monterey and Palm Desert, went on cruises, traveled throughout Europe; Roy especially liked our trips to Italy to visit family, and to our home in Lake Tahoe.
Roy’s hobbies were duck hunting in his earlier years and later on car restoration and concours competition. In 1970 he purchased a 1931 Ford Model A Town Sedan as a restoration project with Michael. This soon led to several more Model A’s restorations and culminated in a Best of Show national concours award in 1998.
Roy leaves behind his wife Barbara, son Michael (Jan), daughters Heidi Becker (Jeff), Carla Blick (David), six grandchildren Erin Querio, Sean Querio (Rachel) Susan Becker, Stuart Becker (McKenna), Cody and Connor Blick and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Melvin and daughter-in law Linda.
We are so grateful for our loving caregivers, especially Fel Limchoa, Roy’s caregiver of seven years, for his loving care during Roy’s final years; and our amazing hospice team, Catherine and Joy.
There will be a visitation on January 14, 2021 from 9:30 - 11AM at Wilson & Kratzer Chapel in Danville, followed by a private interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery & Mortuary in Lafayette. Due to Covid restrictions, a gathering to celebrate Roy’s life will be held at a later time. Roy will be deeply missed by all.
Contributions may be made in Roy Querio’s memory to Concord Rotary, Hope Hospice or a charity of your choice.
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