Deacon Jasper K. Roy
Deacon Jasper K. Roy
October 8, 1928 – January 15, 2002
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” (Joshua 1:9)
Deacon Jasper K. Roy was a businessman and former Behavior Management Specialist born October 8, 1928 on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife Barbara were parents to thirteen children who attended Our Lady of Sorrows and Resurrection Catholic grammar schools and St Phillips, Notre Dame, and Siena High Schools in Chicago. He was baptized catholic in 1963 and was ordained a Catholic Deacon in May 1974. Jasper served as a community, and spiritual leader, and began a 25 year commitment to a prison ministry that consisted of serving as a volunteer Chaplain for the Cook County Department of Corrections, Chaplin of the Knights of Peter Claver, Chaplain of the Kolbe House at Assumption, President of the Westside Catholic Cluster, Advisory Board Member of the of the Office of Black Catholics, spiritual director for the Holy Angels Blessed Sacrament, and council member for the American Red Cross. He also served as board member and member of many other organizations. He served as a deacon for Holy Angels church from 1988 until he fell ill in 2001.
Jasper graduated from Wendell Phillips High School, earned a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from Loyola University, and a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors of Science Degrees from Daniel Hale Williams University in Chicago, Illinois. Deacon Jasper Roy was a great believer in social justice, had a wide thirst for knowledge and enjoyed travel. As a community he was a candidate for the alderman of Chicago’s 29thward on two occasions, served as a member of the Chicago Black United Front, President of Chicago’s 100 South Waller Block Club and supporter of a plethora of other organizations. He also participated in civil rights marches along Martin Luther King jr., and participated in the Million Man March on Washington D.C. on October 16, 1995.
A devoted family man Jasper had an entrepreneurial spirit and owned and operated several businesses over his lifetime including a photography studio, a supermarket, a food service business he worked with his father, and several other business in the Chicago area. Jasper and his wife Barbara celebrated 50 years of marriage in September of 2000 and resided in the City of Chicago with several of their children and grandchildren until his death in 2002.