Roy Russell Conklin

Born: Sat., Jan. 8, 1938
Died: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018

Family to do services at later date

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Captain Roy Russell Conklin born to Russell Thurman Conklin and Florence Trufant Conklin on January 8th, 1938 in Jamaica, Queens, New York.

Captain Roy also called the Iron Man by his Doctor Khalil Khan some years ago after surviving pneumonia and making a very strong recovery, has lost his latest battle to survive on October 7th, 2018. 

In his prior life before becoming a yacht captain he operated his flooring business in Pasco County Florida. He then decided to live his life as Captain of the M/Y Savannah Ann in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for eleven years. After the yacht was sold, never one to sit still, he established the now successful tour boat business River Front Gondola Tours on Las Olas Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, Florida which will continue to operate, always under the high standards that he set.

Captain Roy was a world champion hydroplane boat racer in the past and continued to show keen interest in this sport. He made friends all over the country and parts of Europe through this lifestyle and will remembered by all who knew him. Captain Roy’s character and integrity was legend, still believing that a handshake is a contract and a person’s word is a symbol of good will and honest intention.

Captain Roy’s engaging smile, quirky sense of humor, and endless pranks on family and friends will be missed. We love you and we know wherever you are you will have fair winds and following seas.

Leaving behind to honor his life are the following loved ones. His life time companion of twenty-six years Clarice Ann Crall, his son Guy Conklin and daughter Lauralee Conklin. His grandson Corey Conklin and granddaughter Chloe Conklin. Brother Edward (Rose) Conklin, sister Lynne (Salvatore) LoCascio. Ann’s daughters Jamie Trevathan, Ashley (John) Clifford and granddaughter Eleni Clifford, and grandson Tres Clifford.
Numerous cherished cousins, nieces and nephews, including extended family and friends in Fort Lauderdale and Savannah, Georgia. 

There will be a celebration of life ceremony for friends and family to be announced in the near future. 


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Charley Bradley & June Perry
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
We were always honored to call Roy our friend. Watching him out on the race course was always inspirational. Fierce competitor, talented driver, and one who never gave up. He will be sorely missed by the entire boat racing community and will be remembered fondly by us all. Race in peace, my friend. Six

Neil LaRose
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
To Ann and family, Roy and you all have been a close family friends for decades. We will miss Roy deeply and will always crack a smile when he is talked about. Both Roy and Ann were very instrumental in helping me get my business started many years ago. So many awesome memories spent with the Conklin family. You will truly be missed my friend.

   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
Roy Russel Conklin, my father
Do you know how much you really meant to me? I respect and appreciate the love and sacrifices you made for us to have the very best, and you showed me how to be a success.

Dad: Roy Russel Conklin was a hard, but jolly man full of fun, laughter & pranks. He liked to play harmless jokes of his fellow man (woman) and to whom sometimes it wouldn’t matter: especially the family. The higher education he had not, but running businesses gave him a lot.

He was a military man who proudly served in the US Marines, which I believe gave him his hardcore work ethics & integrity and I humbly appreciate the sacrifices he made and have sat quietly listening to his many famous stories which never got old. He taught me to work hard pays off and you reap what you sow in his own hard and steadfast ways.

The Laughter, smiles, times we shared, the warm embraces, I’m so grateful for the simple things, through good times and bad, you were a rock.

Our path has ended wayyyy too soon, without holding your hand, one last kiss, a boat ride together, or look in each other’s eyes… Not even one last bad joke or prank….

He taught me to be the person I am, to reach for the sky and go after what you want with good work ethics, and I always wish it could have been longer.

Ahhh my Daddy my Daddy, don’t die on me…. I was so fortunate to be in your grace. Your special smile, the caring heart, that warm embrace, it was all about. You pushed and prodded, encouraged and guided to unto our paths unknown. With your special love, you showed us a way to believe in ourselves & the decisions we make today.

He had once been a resting place for my sorrows and tears when I thought there were no days or years near. How I wish I could tell him that today…. Hope he knew how very special & loved he is.

I thank him for all we had and developed including a phenomenal & fleeting childhood, too quickly and gone for good. Go back in a heartbeat if I only could.

Richard Lowell and Mary Ann
   Posted Sat October 13, 2018
We are beyond sadden for your families, loss. Roy was a kind and loving person that we respected. Our thoughts are with you all at such a difficult time.

Hoz compton
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
I will always remember and treasure my times w
Roy! Our favorite reminisce was always a race
Decades ago in 250cch. We continued side by
Side long past the end of the race and had to
Be black flagged

Also remember him jumping in to check on me at
Bad wreck at Avon Park

He will always be remembered by me and many
Others. Always a gentleman


Rex Hall
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
I was proud to consider Roy one of my friends. He will be missed by many. My condolences and prayers to the family.

Rex Hall

Gary Fisher
   Posted Sun October 14, 2018
Our sincere condolences are sent to the whole family from the Fisher Family in the UK.
My parents June and Les often share wonderful memories of their time with Roy, and are very sad on the news of his passing.
Love to all

Gary Fisher and family xx

Doug, 50-F
   Posted Mon October 15, 2018
Condolences to the Conklin family. Roy took me to the races as part of his pit crew in the mid 80s and drove me to pick up and bring home my first race boat. God speed Roy Conklin!

   Posted Thu October 25, 2018
My deepest condolences to the family, may you find comfort in prayer and the beautiful words of Isaiah 25:8 where God promises us that He will soon eliminate all death and suffering.

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