R.I.P. Roy Disney


Super Anarchist

RIP Roy, Tell Walt we said Hi.

Thanks for the great ride.

Sail on,... sail on...



Bummer, At least he will be in the "Happiest Place in the Universe".

I hope it was not my bad revue of Morning Light.



Hoopy Frood
Saquo-Pilia Hensha
I remember thinking that it was cool that he got to do another Transpac last summer. Even more so now....
He will be missed. Fair winds.
That was Roy Pat, not Roy Edward. Spoke with Greg, his long time BM about 30 mins ago. Roy E, passed after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Onto better things I'm sure.

Roy was a wonderful guy. I first met him in Santa Cruz at the launching of the SC70 version of Pyewacket. He always did what he could to get young people into the sport. He will be greatly missed.

Fair winds, Roy...



Super Anarchist
That is really sad news. Roy was a great guy and have given so many people access to racing sailboats over the years. Not many can compare in that respect.

Fair winds and following seas Roy!



Super Anarchist
Condolences from the Michaelsen Family to Leslie, Roy Pat and the rest of the Disney family.

Roy did more for sailing at the youth and adult level than most folks realize. His smile, enthusiasm and competitiveness will be missed.

Fair winds Roy.

EDIT: From the Disney studios

Roy Edward Disney, nephew of Disney founder Walt Disney and son of co-founder Roy O. Disney, has died in Newport Beach, California after a year-long battle with stomach cancer.

Disney was one of the key players in the reemergence of The Walt Disney Company and specifically the animation division.

He was a writer and producer in the company and later became the vice chairman of the company’s board of directors as well as head of the animation department.

The Walt Disney Company released this statement:

“On behalf of everyone at Disney, we are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague Roy E. Disney. He was much more than a valued 56-year Company veteran — Roy’s true passion and focus were preserving and building upon the amazing legacy of Disney animation that was started by his father and uncle. Roy’s commitment to the art of animation was unparalleled and will always remain his personal legacy and one of his greatest contributions to Disney’s past, present and future,” said Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

His death comes one day after the anniversary of his uncle Walt Disney’s death back in 1966.

In recent years Disney was openly critical of the company and its then CEO, Michael Isner. In fact, he led two major investor revolts in his career.

The first in 1984, where he led a successful effort to oust Walt Disney’s son-in-law from the company. And nearly two-decades later he managed another successful revolt against Isner.

Disney is survived by his wife, Leslie, four children from his previous marriage to Patricia Dailey Disney, as well as his 16 grandchildren.

Roy Edward Disney was 79 years old.

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My condolences to both his family and those who knew him. He did a lot for the sport, and for that I thank you Roy.

Let's get this up on the front page.

A very sad day indeed. He will be badly missed.

Certainly for all that he generously gave over the years to Transpac and yachting in SoCal.

I hope he is out riding a phantom Pyewacket down warm Pacific seas with a great breeze at his back.