Posted by Chris Paterson, a resident of another community, on Jan 22, 2012 at 8:58 am
I was truely saddened to learn of Roy Dronkers passing. I worked with Roy closely during my many years at the Pleasanton Weekly, infact Roy was one of many influential members of the Pleasanton community that were so helpful in the early days of the Weekly back in 2000. I can't claim to know him as well as many, but the times our paths crossed were a pleasure. He was a true gentleman. The real estate community, and the entire Pleasanton community, have lost a real friend. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
Posted by Gary Palmatier, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Jan 22, 2012 at 9:40 am
Unbelievable...Penny and I have known and worked with Roy since 1986 and are profoundly saddened by his death. We both had seen home in the past week or so and cannot believe this turn of events. Our hearts go out to his family.
Posted by AJP, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm
RIP Roy. I enjoyed our talks during PDA meetings and events. I spent weeks with Roy while we were in Leadership Pleasanton together. We were on the same team and I just loved how friendly he was! He was always interested in what I or anyone else had to say. I'm truly saddened by this news. My thoughts are with you Dronkers family!
Posted by Marla Tipton, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm
Roy was a wonderful, caring man. He was a delight to know. He touched my life in such a profound way. When our home burned down, he headed up a collection for me and my family from the Valley Real Estate Network. We will never forget his personal message to us - he said, "Don't forget that there are good people out there, who care." It was so touching. I also had the pleasure of working with him over the years and he was always so kind.
I always admired his commitment to local charities - he had a truly philanthropic nature. My thoughts and prayers are with the Dronkers family at this truly, impossibly, difficult time. I hope they can take comfort in the many, many lives he touched - like mine - who will always be grateful for Roy Dronkers and with whom some of his generous spirit will live on.
Posted by Mike Fracisco, a resident of the Country Fair neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2012 at 8:10 am
Roy was a wonderful man and friend. We both served together in the Real Estate marketplace and he was a great leader in our industry. My sincere sympathy to his family and friends who have lost a very caring and loving person.
Posted by Kathy Flachsbarth, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Jan 23, 2012 at 8:57 am
I am stunned and very saddened to hear of Roy's passing. He helped us purchase our current home in Shadow Cliff Village 18 years ago as we re-located to Pleasanton from Solvang. He was very patient and helpful as we struggled with the transition. Roy kept in touch through the years and on occasion our paths would cross and he always took the time to chat. Such a nice person. What a great loss to our community, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Posted by The Buescher Family, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2012 at 9:39 am
We are very saddened to hear of Roys passing! Roy was a caring, compassionate and well liked man! His overwhelming support for our military and their families is heartfelt by many. A true gentleman and great American. Our sincere condolences to the Dronkers family! May your memories give you strength and may you take comfort in knowing an Angel is watching over you.
Posted by Nancy Ponder, a resident of another community, on Jan 23, 2012 at 9:42 am
We are so saddened to learn of Roy's death. Our condolences go out to his family, especially his 2 boys. Roy and I worked together for many years in the real estate industry and he was a true professional.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family,
Posted by Bob and Joyce Shapiro, a resident of the Vineyard Hills neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:26 am
Roy was a true friend and humanitarian. We loved his smile and his desire to give back to the community. Roy was a big teddy bear who loved to hug friends and associates. His contributions to the community will be long felt.
Posted by Robin Dickson, EVP, J. Rockcliff Realtors, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:52 am
The Tri-Valley and our local real estate industry has truly lost someone very special. Roy worked for and with several local real estate companies over the years and was tremendously respected by his peers. His care of others, whether friends, clients, family or competitors was well known. His infectious smile and legendary hugs will be sorely missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with Roy's family during this incredibly difficult time.
Posted by Rob Borghese, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm
I am so shocked and saddened. I wish I had known Roy better. He sold us our first home on Bonita Ave in '07. I was just getting into real estate in California at the time and got to know Roy a little bit attending all the VREN Friday meetings. He was the President when then and he was always fun, funny, upbeat and giving of himself. I think he helped lift us all up by his will and strength of character. Whenever I would run into him around town he would lift me up with his smile, handshake and friendly word. Though I wasn't blessed to be a close friend of Roy's I none-the-less feel a profound loss and sadness knowing I won't see him anymore. For his family I thank you for sharing Roy with us and hope your faith comforts you knowing Roy is in God's hands and He is well pleased in Roy for the way he lived.
Posted by Gib Souza, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm
A great friend has been lost. May he rest in peace. Roy is such a great individual who always made you feel welcome and was truly interested in what you had to say. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Posted by Cary Cowper, a resident of San Ramon, on Jan 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm
I met Roy while selling new homes in the Tri Valley. He was so kind to me, he helped me get a better understanding of the resale world, and was always available to answer any question about any thing real estate related. I learned a great deal from him, I still have the Christmas CD he gave me many years ago, it will have even deeper meaning every time I play it now. May his family take heart there will be a lot of candles glowing in his honor, I'm lighting mine tonight. God bless.
Posted by Jeanie Reitzell, a resident of the Golden Eagle neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2012 at 7:24 pm
He was the best: friend, Realtor, Dad, community leader, mentor, fund raiser, giver, buddy. I feel blessed that he was in my life. I loved him and will miss him so much. What a great loss for all of us especially Tim and Jeff. My heart goes out to his entire family. He will never be forgotten.
Posted by Penny Piston, a resident of another community, on Jan 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm
This world has lost an amazing man and we all mourn. The heavens are celebrating the arrival of a fabulous Angel! Imagine the party they must be having right now! Roy, I hope you dance like you never danced before!
Posted by Ed Ibanez, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm
My thoughts and prayers goes out to the entire Dronkers family. I only met Roy a few times in both business and then again during his nephew Jake's baseball games, but each time he remembered my name and gave a firm handshake and a smile. May he now rest in peace.
Posted by Gary Schwaegerle, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm
This is so sad, shocking; life so fragile, so short, he seemed on top of the world. Let us always love one another, Life is precious, he died to young. Our love & prayers go out to the Dronkers Family, Gary Schwaegerle & Family
Posted by Stephen Bullock, a resident of Dublin, on Jan 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm
Roy was an amazing person and a wonderful man who I am privileged to call my friend. I canít believe heís no longer with us. The community has lost a consummate gentleman who will be missed by so many.
I considered Roy a big brother, always happy to lend an ear and share some sage advice when needed. Roy was a fun loving man of character, a charismatic leader, an intelligent entrepreneur, father, brother, husband and my dear friend.
My heartfelt condolences to the Dronkers familyÖ. I pray that your sorrow is short-lived, your pain quickly passing and the memories everlasting.
Posted by Francine Pike, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 24, 2012 at 9:24 am
I am truly saddened by the passing of my dear friend, Roy Dronkers. I feel blessed to have known him and will never forget his smile, warmth and compassion. My sincere condolences to the Dronkers family. I will miss you.
Posted by Rhonda Fee, a resident of the Southeast Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2012 at 9:27 am
I am honored to have called Roy Dronkers friend. He was warm, caring and interested in the needs of others. He might truly be most well known for his amazing smile and warmth toward all. If Roy was around, you were sure to have a place to fit in and feel a part of the group. My heart aches at the loss of such a caring man. He will be deeply missed. Pleasanton was a better place with Roy Dronkers. To his children, he loved you and spoke of you often. He was a proud father. Be at peace my friend. I wish I could have hugged you one last time.
Posted by Kenny Braillard, a member of the Lydiksen Elementary School community, on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:28 am
I've always enjoyed the friendly, kind, generous spirit of Roy Dronkers, my heart is heavy with the sense of loss. Roy was a friend for life. His selfless desire to serve is and was an inspiration to us all. A fine businessman and great community leader was lost. Roy was such a wonderful giver. My love for Roy Dronkers will always remain indelible! My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. He made the World a better place!
Posted by Tammy Pryor, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm
The passing of Roy has been such a shake up for the Real Estate Industry and Tri-Valley Communities. Roy was such a giver, loving, caring gentle man. Every hurt he saw: he was there to revive the best in every situation. I am proud to call him my friend, collegue and inspirer. May you rest in Peace Roy and may his boys and family find Peace in knowing what an Awesome Person Roy was.
Posted by Cam Inman, a resident of another community, on Jan 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm
I had the pleasure of getting to know Roy through my wife and the real estate community. His sly smile and friendly vibe will be missed. A few months ago, Roy got me back into playing tennis, even for 6 a.m. get-the-rust-off sessions at our club. Not once did he mock my terrible forehand returns. Not once did he try to flee the court. Not once will I miss him when I think of tennis -- and of course when I think Roy. I went to the gym today, hopped on the treadmill and tennis was on the TV. Karma. Live life to its fullest people.
Posted by Mike DeFreitas, a resident of another community, on Jan 25, 2012 at 8:07 am
Roy always had a smile on his face, always lending a handshake and a smile. Truly sad what has happened and hope the family, friends, and colleagues can get through this difficult time. As you can see, we all miss you, and will continue to do so. Take care buddy...
Posted by Randall Pickerell, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Roy was a truly a man of integrity and class, he always treated me kindly even when I was a greenhorn loan officer who knew very little. I will miss him both personally and professionally. Our industry will suffer this loss very deeply. RIP Roy, condolences to your family and friends!
Posted by Larry Plummer, a resident of San Ramon, on Jan 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm
I spent time with Roy and his family when my youngest son played Little League baseball with Roy's son. Terrific, friendly and, as someone mentioned, sly sense of humor. Roy was a very supportive and loving dad and I really enjoyed my time spent with him. He was always supportive of ALL the kids on the baseball teams and was a great adult role model. I had seen Roy only once in a while over the past years, but will miss him.
Posted by Lauren Abrams, a resident of San Ramon, on Jan 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm
I first had the pleasure of meeting Roy back in 2003 when he was part of the dynanic duo team as Vice President, with Jeanie Reitzell of our Valley Marketing group. It felt more like stand-up comedy than a meeting and it's that kind of smart talent that kept us all engaged. He was an impressive communicator, leader and friend. Roy was genuine and caring; always inquiring about family, remembering details and truly interested in others. I will miss him and am doubly sad that I hadn't seen him lately yet thankful that he had been in my life. My heart goes out to his family.
Posted by Vickie, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm
Roy was always interested in others. He always asked about our kids when we saw him. I know that his boys were so very important to him and how proud he was of them growing up to be fine young men. Roy will never know how much he will be missed and how many lives he touched. The world is a better place with him having been here.
Posted by Marlene Dietrich, a resident of another community, on Jan 29, 2012 at 8:06 am
To My Dear Friend Roy:
You are the Warmest, Most Gentle person I know! You care about everyone, including people you donít even know. Working for you for over 4 years taught me a lot, not just about Real Estate but about helping those in need. I remember when you read a story in the Newspaper about a baby not having enough formula and you went right out and bought formula and brought it to that family. Diapers for another family, you never hesitated, over and over.
You didnít return my call for your Birthday, I knew you would eventually, now I wish I would have called again. We didnít get together often since I now live in Southern CA but we would pick up right where we left off when we did, as if we lived next door, that is what good friends do. Talking on the phone or in person, we talked about everything from Real Estate down to our deep down relationships.
Roy, I want to call you now and talk to you like we always did, ask you why, with everyone who loves you, why didnít you let us do something for you for a change. I guess that is my answer, you never wanted to burden othersÖ. I have learned so much from you that I will always treasureÖ..you are and will be in my thoughts always.
Posted by Hans & Gisela Telm, a resident of Livermore, on Jan 30, 2012 at 10:20 am
We are truly saddened by your passing. You were a real professional and a true friend and helped us greatly to navigate the treacherous waters of a short sale, when we purchased our new residence in Livermore and sold our old place in Pleasanton. Your diligent effort made it possible that we did not miss any of the stringend deadlines and closed the deal just in the nick of time. In the process you became a friend of our family and we were thrilled to let you have our little convertible for a weekend outing to the coast. Roy, we will miss you and your genuine smile and we will keep you in our memory forever. As we mourn your loss, our hearts go out to your family, But we know that the Lord will have a special place for you where you can experience happiness