Roy Daniel Sonovick, 77, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Alamance Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born on June 26, 1944 in Alleghany County, PA to the late Daniel and Nellie Sarach Sonovick.
He retired as the Director of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Roy enjoyed playing poker with his buddies, an avid golfer, listening to beach music and working a crossword puzzle every day.
Roy is survived by his children, Brian Sonovick, Leigh S. Willard and husband Laurence, Matthew Craine and wife Lyndsay; grandchildren, Emma Bailey Rich, J Namon Rich, Gabe Willard, Eli Craine, James Craine and Natalie Craine; sister, Norma Renfors and husband Roger; brother, Rob Sonovick; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Nick Sonovick.
A celebration of his life will be held from 3pm-6pm on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Best Western Hotel in Burlington.
Memorials may be made to the Treatment Services of Alamance, P.O. Box 427, Burlington, NC 27216.
The concept of leaving the world a better place can be traced back to a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — that is to have succeeded.”