Laurence L. (Roy) Langley of Edgartown and Naples, Fla., died peacefully at home on Martha’s Vineyard on Sept. 12, 2020, surrounded by his large and loving family. He was 92, and was a Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby hall of famer.

Like so many men of his era, Roy left high school after his sophomore year to serve in the U.S. Army in the Pacific theater during World War II, entering Japan shortly after its surrender. Returning home, he finished high school and went on to graduate from Boston University. He became one of the youngest staff accountants for the city of Boston and later joined the Alcoholic, Beverage and Tobacco Commission in the division of taxation for the commonwealth.

His career turned to politics when he became a legislative advisor to the City Bayside redevelopment project near the JFK Memorial in Boston. His interest in real estate began there and eventually led him to the rapid development of Marco Island, Fla. He joined R & R Associates, the Newton sales office of the Mackle Brothers/The Deltona Corporation. He was perennially recognized as a top sales agent and was instrumental in introducing many Boston area-based families to southwest Florida real estate.

After retirement, he went on to establish the Naples Sleep Center, supplying thousands of homes in the rapidly expanding city of Naples and Marco Island. He was an early advocate for employing the less fortunate, believing everyone deserved a chance at success.

Roy spent the summer months of his childhood in Edgartown with his extended family, who ran the Chappaquiddick Beach Club in the 1930s. It was then and there that he developed a love of the Island. He and and his wife Ginny moved seasonally to Edgartown in the late 1970s. Roy became the morning weigh master at the derby in the late 1980s, and he continued for over two and a half decades, greeting thousands of anglers throughout the month-long event.

He was a proud ambassador for the derby and was ultimately inducted into the Derby Hall of Fame for his role as weigh master and his 25-year contribution. He was also instrumental in coordinating the filet program with the Island councils on aging to help senior citizens. One of his most memorable mornings was when he was interviewed by a Boston TV station about his role as weigh master, his quick wit shining through the show. Roy had a way of making the smallest child to the oldest of anglers feel like a winner.

He was married to the love of his life Ginny for 66 years. They raised their family in Milton before relocating to Naples in 1974. He was an active member and eucharistic minister at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Edgartown. A lifelong athlete and an avid golfer, he was a member of the Edgartown Golf Club and Royal Wood Country Club in Naples.

He is survived by his seven children: Roy Langley Jr. and his wife Kathy of Charlotte, N.C., Jackie Driscoll of Edgartown and Naples, Brendan and his wife Lisa of Edgartown, Maryanne Jerome of Edgartown, Betsy Stabler and her husband Larry of Princeton, N.J., Merrill and his wife Jamie of Edgartown and Naples, and Justin of Plymouth. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, who all affectionately called him Bunga: Roy Langley 3rd (and his wife Alexa) and Keenan Langley, Nicholas Jerome, William, Charlotte and Peter Stabler, Caroline and Jack Langley, and Catherine, Merrill and Charlie Langley.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Anne V. (Ginny) Langley, grandson Joseph Jerome and sons in law Ed Jerome and Leo Driscoll.

A memorial scholarship in Roy’s name has been established through the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Scholarship Program.

Donations can be sent to P.O Box 2101 Edgartown, MA 02539.