Raymond Frederick Rollet

Raymond Frederick Rollet, 78, of Troy, Michigan, died on August 3, 2016, at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Paula for 46 years and dear father of Renee (Dan) Bishop, Suzette Verbeke, and Douglas Rollet. Raymond was also the caring grandfather of Bree Ann, David, Joshua, Michael, and Nicholas. He will be sadly missed by his sisters-in-law Nancy Wells and Cathy (Marty) Sanchez as well as his nephews Shane, Vincent and Spencer.

Raymond was a dedicated educator in the Roseville Community Schools for 33 years. He held degrees from Detroit Institute of Technology, Eastern Michigan University, and Oakland University. A voracious reader, Raymond remained abreast of educational trends and the ever-changing challenges facing students through the decades. He wanted students to succeed in school and thrive in adulthood.

His knowledge, dedication, and compassion helped make him a master teacher, counselor and administrator. Raymond’s relaxed demeanor with students encouraged discussion without fear of judgment or recrimination. He worked to inspire confidence and instill a sense of self-worth in each individual.

Always a highly principled egalitarian, Raymond strove to establish educationally superior programs. He did not hesitate to challenge conventional thinking if it failed to serve the best interest of students. Raymond initiated or was involved in innovative programs both inside and outside the Roseville school district. This included working with local, county and state organizations for the benefit of Roseville students and teachers.

Raymond developed a school management computer system for the high school. He wrote three funded grants. One grant resulted in a Drug Crisis Intervention Center for young people that ran 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Raymond not only worked to create the center but also devoted many hours to counseling callers and drop-ins.

Raymond enjoyed life. He was an avid traveler, connoisseur of the arts, genealogical expert, and a landscape gardener. He remained a voracious reader of history and biographies. Gifted with a remarkable memory, Raymond delighted in sharing his knowledge. Raymond was an unassuming Renaissance Man.

Ray’s patience, sense of fairness, and desire to help, serve as a lasting inspiration for all. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

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  1. My condolences to Ray’s family. I I knew Ray as a fine gentleman who always had a smile and a kind word for those of us who worked at Roseville Schools. Ray will be missed.

  2. Ray was a mentor to me. He was more than willing to share genealogy information and explain how he had arrived at his conclusions. I will certainly miss him. My deepest condolences, Paula. Cousin, Jan

  3. Renee (Rollet) Bishop

    He was also a great father to me, my sister, and brother. He was strong, stern, and loving. He never gave up on us. Even though we may not have turned out like he would have liked, and we may have done things he didn’t like, he loved his kids. He also had 5 grandchildren who loved him and looked up to him. He IS greatly missed

  4. I have many wonderful memories of

    I have many wonderful memories of Ray. His expert professionalism,
    patience, and wisdom were truly appreciated by me and all who worked with
    him.

  5. I had Mr. Rollet my senior year for a “Creative Writing” class. I will never forget how he introduced me to different philopshies on a variety of topics. He went above and beyond for me! It was appreciated!

    His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I worked as a clerk at Roseville High School when Mr. Rollet was Principal.
    It was my first year in a full time position and his first year as the head Principal. He was such a nice, pleasant man, so easy to work with. A true gentleman.

    I was sorry to hear he had passed away. My prayers are with his family.

  7. Anonymous student

    Mr. Rollet was a great principle. I was just googling his name and wanted to find him on Facebook to send a message to him after all these years and found this instead. I wanted to let him know that his empathy, understanding and genuine regard for me made a difference in my life. I was a pretty troubled kid living in a troubled home and just wanted to let him know the difference he made believeing in me. So…thank you Mr Rollet I hope you are in heavenly peace!

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