Roy Disney, local benefactor, dies at 79

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From the Glendale News-Press:

Roy Edward Disney, who despite toiling for decades in the shadow of his famous uncle put his stamp on the Walt Disney Co. through the revival of its renowned animation unit and charitable contributions, lost his battle with cancer Wednesday. He was 79.

Remembered as a shy man who favored cardigan sweaters over a power suit, Roy Disney’s presence across the region grew with time, along with his public persona, observers said.

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, slated to open on the Burbank Providence St. Joseph Medical Center campus in February, received a major shot in the arm when he and ex-wife, Patty, provided a $10-million endowment to fund its construction.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 16, 2009 at 2:33 pm

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