Roy Vroom, an early Aspen Mountain ski instructor, died on Sunday, Feb. 27. He was 79 years old.
Roy was born in Paterson, N.J., in March 1925 to John and Jacoba Vroom. He was the youngest of seven children. He spent his childhood there and in Green Pond, N.J., where he ran his own milk and newspaper delivery business, and met his wife, Sally. They moved to Aspen in 1952, where he opened a real estate office.Roy was one of the original instructors to teach with the Aspen ski school. He built the Aspen Racquet Club and helped pioneer the first inflatable indoor tennis facility of its kind. Roy also enjoyed water skiing, tennis, flying, golf, hiking and fitness training, and he practiced nutrition as a way of life.
Roy was a gentleman, devoted father and family man whose friends could always count on him for a good laugh and a new perspective. He had boundless energy and plentiful advice on how to negotiate the slopes of Aspen with grace, perfect technique and confidence.Roy is survived by his sister, Helen Dersahagian; son, Jeffrey Vroom; daughter, Holly Vroom-Roberts; eight grandchildren; and countless nieces and nephews.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered for Roy’s intentions on Monday, Feb. 28. Friends and family may pay their respects to Roy on Saturday, March 5, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Farnum Holt Funeral Home, 405 W. Seventh St. in Glenwood Springs. A rosary will follow.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s disease research organization of your choice.
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