On August 30, 1999, Milton Royce died at the age of 83 after a seven-month illness. Milton, who loved Glen Cove and the intricacies of the English language, combined these interests and was, (much to Glen Cove Record Pilot readers' enjoyment), this newspaper's most prolific letter writer. His musings on numerous topics and on the wonderful experience of life in Glen Cove were always welcome; always sure to bring a smile. Once, to Milton's great joy and pride, The New York Times published one of his favorite essays, "Why I'm Staying in Glen Cove." While visiting the family last week, Milt's grandson, Eric, said, "My grandpa was a very special man." He was very special, indeed.
Milton Royce was born in his grandmother's house in Brooklyn in 1916. He attended public schools and was the first member of his family to earn a college diploma. (Brooklyn College, 1936). Milton served in World War II as a First Lieutenant with the Army Signal Corps. and was proud he had made it through officers' training school. His wife, Dolores, says he was able to get through the tough regimen with the added help of his passion.........Hershey chocolate bars.
Milton and his first wife, Thelma, had a son, Stephen. While Stephen was still an infant, Thelma succumbed to cancer. Milton eventually opened his own jewelry store, Royce Jewelers, in Brooklyn however he was soon presented with a better opportunity by First Investors Corporation in Manhattan. Milton rose through the ranks, becoming a vice president with the corporation and earning numerous awards. Well, as life continued, Milton's aunt Gertrude and her friend, (ultimately Milton's future wife's, mother), decided it would be a good idea to arrange a meeting between Milt and Dolores.
Milt and Dolores clicked, but, as Dolores tells it, she had to help along the marriage issue, Milt proposed and the couple married on Oct. 19, 1956 in New York City Hall. After the vows, the couple was joined by family and friends for a celebration at Mama Leone's Restaurant. The couple set up housekeeping in Forest Hills and moving on to Flushing where their daughter Kyle was born. The Royce family then fulfilled their American Dream and purchased a house in Glen Cove on Northfield Lane. It was in Glen Cove that the family flourished. Milt would take the bus from the stop down the road and commute to the city. Stephen and Kyle were joined by their sister, Tracey and all of them attended public schools. In his spare time, Milt discovered the joys of gardening once he was able to discern the tools of the trade. With Jack Ain, Milt worked to raise money for the Neighborhood House/YMCA pool. Milt was involved in raising funds for the hospital; the Council for the Arts, (which spawned a long friendship with Sam and Elsie Wunsch); the Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund; and the "Carl and Cava Karilivacz" Football Scholarship Fund. And it's no surprise Milt was active with the Glen Cove Library. Milt loved tennis, walking through Morgan Park, traveling, writing and gardening. On his own, Milt learned several foreign languages.
Milton is survived by his wife Dolores; his son, Stephen Royce; daughters Kyle Larsen and Tracey Stoever; grandchildren Gregory, Allen and Lisa Royce; and Eric Riddle Larsen, Alex Larsen and Cady Ruth Stoever; his sister Lynn Goldberg. Contributions can be made to charities sponsoring heart and cancer objectives. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head.