Quarry Hill Bids Farewell to Chef Roy —
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:19 PM
Quarry Hill residents, employees and other well-wishers crowded a standing-room-only farewell reception at the end of February for the older-adult community’s Chef John Roy. Roy, shown here, was the first person hired to help shape the resident experience at Quarry Hill. He developed and managed its dining program, serving as executive chef for more than 13 years before leaving on February 25 to begin a new position in Portland. At the reception were former Pen Bay Medical Center CEO Roy Hitchings and current Quarry Hill Executive Director Mary Sargent. Sargent gave Roy a Quarry Hill fleece jacket and umbrella, and Leigh Smith of the residents’ advisory food committee presented him with a New York Times cookbook signed by committee members. Roy joined the management team three months before the community’s main building, the Anderson Inn, officially opened and began designing the program from the ground up, from outfitting the kitchen to hiring staff and crafting menus. In 2011, his management role was expanded to include dining services at the Knox Center in Rockland, another Pen Bay Medical Center organization.