Roy Laine

  • Visitation:
    Sunday, July 7th, 2013
    2-4 & 7-9 PM
    Alexander-Tuthill Funeral Home
    Wading River, New York
  • Funeral Service :
    Monday, July 8th 2013 at 11:00 AM
    Wading River Congregational Church
    2057 North Country Road
    Wading River, New York
  • Burial:
    Monday, July 8th 2013
    Wading River Cemetery
    Wading River, New York
  • Service Type: Public


Born: February 8, 1913
Died:  July 4, 2013
Age:    100

Biography of Roy Laine

Roy Lanie was born on February 8, 1913. His mother was born in Sweden and his father was born in Finland. Roy lived on Long Island most of his life and in Lewin Hills of Wading River, since 1960.

Roy, who married Mary Binger in 1940, is the last of the Binger Family's "Greatest Generation." They were married for 67 years until her passing in 2007. During World War II, he served in the Navy from 1943-1945, achieving the rank of Chief. His responsibilities included setting up post offices for the servicemen's use. One of the locations included Samar in the Philippines, where he met General MacArthur.

After Roy came home, he entered civil service. After having served at several different post offices in Queens, he was appointed Postmaster of the Wading River Post Office, where he served from 1960-1973. During those years, Roy was also a member of the Wading River Fire Department and served as president from 1964-1966.

Mary and Roy became members of the Wading River Congregational Church, where Roy served as a deacon and was an active participant up till his passing. Roy was also a member of Gideons International, which distribute Bibles. He was especially known for singing hymns in a beautiful tenor voice, which is not surprising since he is related to Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale."

Although Mary and Roy did not have any children, they were Godparents to several children, including Arlene Binger Baer (Mary), Walter Binger (Mary and Roy), Alan Johanson (Roy) and the late Dawn Bascomb (Mary and Roy). Roy was an uncle to at least 18 nieces and nephews, 33 grand nieces and nephews, 46 great-grand nieces and nephews, and 5 great-great- grand nieces and nephews!


Alexander-Rothwell Funeral Home
6447 Route 25A
Wading River, New York 11792

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