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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Roger M. Buoy, 71

Roger Martin Buoy of Chew Magna, England, a former Westport resident, died at home on Sept. 20. He was 71.

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Roger Buoy: former Westporter.  Contributed photo

Born July 1, 1945 in a small town in the west country of England after World War II to Irvine and Edith, he had many heart issues and survived many heart surgeries.

He was not expected to be around for long. True to his character he proved doctors wrong and went on to conquer the world.

Never going to university, he moved to the United States in 1967 at the young age of 22 to have a better life for himself and his young family.

Computers were in their infancy and he knew how to master them while working for Rolls Royce and ITT and becoming a member of MENSA.  Moving to Australia in 1974, he opened Arthur Young Services in Melbourne and spent several years down under. 

Returning to the United States in 1980, he bought a 240-year-old antique house in Westport, where he lived for 20 years. He coached Westport rec soccer, loved looking at records at Klein’s, spent many evenings enjoying beautiful Compo Beach with friends and family and riding his Harley around the reservoir.

He worked for Mindscape, Software Toolworks, Scholastic Publishing and then his own company—The Somerset Toiletry Company based in England, with factories in South Africa and Portugal.

In his creative element, he was able to design and manufacture beautifully packaged toiletries under his company name and under private labels for many companies including TJMaxx, Laura Ashley,Target and Anthropologie.

His mind never at rest, he was always hatching a new product, a new idea, a new venture, a new trip. He loved his family, he loved to travel and he loved his work. He took risks, most of which paid off.

He will not be defined by how he was taken from his beautiful life but remembered by those who just adored him. He fought long and he fought hard, but his adversary proved to be a bigger, badder bully than he could handle and he, much to his chagrin, was beaten.

He is survived by his first wife, Christine Buoy of Westport, his wife, Sakina Bowhay Buoy of Chew Magna, his children, Julie Whamond of Westport, M. Thomas Buoy of Charlotte, N.C., Zantore Buoy and Xavier Buoy of Bristol England, his son-in-law Jim and daughter-in-law Maria. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Martha, Alexander, Claire, Anna and Sophia.

A celebration of life was held last month in Bristol, England. In lieu of flowers http://www.stpetershospice.org.uk tribute “Buoy.”

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