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Roy Edward Disney Dies At The Age Of 79
December 17, 2009, 3:22 am
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Roy E. Disney, nephew of the famous animator Walt Disney, has died at the age of 79.

Roy Edward Disney, whose commitment to his uncle’s creative spirit prompted him to mount revolts that led to the unseating of two of the company’s chief executives and a revival of the studio’s legendary animation unit, has died. He was 79. Disney, who had been battling cancer, died this morning, according to Clifford A. Miller, a spokesman for Disney’s company Shamrock Holdings.

Disney toiled for years in the shadow of his famous uncle and his father, Roy O. Disney, who behind the scenes ran the business side of the Walt Disney Co. for his brother. But the quiet man in the cardigan sweater would emerge as a forceful protector of family traditions.

“People always underestimated Roy,” said Peter Schneider, the former president of Walt Disney Feature Animation. “You underestimate Roy at your peril, as many people have learned.”

I never try to add in too much commentary to my posts, but this truly is a very sad day for myself and I’m sure millions others. I grew up in Orange County so I would frequently visit the theme parks, and have been watching Disney films for as long as I remember. So much of my childhood and memories even today, were created from this man, and it is an unfathomable loss. Himself and Walt were both genius when it came to creativity and new inventions, or “innoventions” as they liked to call it. I was able to meet this wonderful gentleman at Disneyland on the park’s 50th Anniversary and he is a legend. I hope you can take some time, to look back and remember how his work along with the Disney family has created ¬†unmatched memories and hopefully made you smile along the way.

R.I.P. Roy Edward Disney.