Remembering Roy Fielding

It is with a heavy heart the Fielding and Westbrook families must share that Roy Fielding passed away unexpectedly. He was and always will be the best of the best, The Pool Professor, family to us, mentor to so many people, and of course, loving husband to Mary Gaye. We are trying to find a way to move through the world without his incredible presence. It won’t be easy and it never will be when someone who is so profound and who has left such an impact on the world leaves it. We are working to create a memorial worthy of his legacy, love, and impact. As a start, we ask that if you wish to support us, please donate to Roy and Mary Gaye’s existing student support funds. Our family is heartbroken. Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts in regards to Roy and the rest of the family.

The Fielding and Westbrook Families


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Becky Parmer King from Harrisburg/Concord NC wrote on May 18, 2020 at 11:32 am:
I'm so sorry to hear this news! My Brother, Carl Parmer, and I both were Scuba students of Roy's at UNCC, and my best college memories are from the trips to the Caymans to dive with him and other 49ers. He certainly will be missed by the UNCC community and has left an amazing legacy behind. We will keep your family in our prayers. I have been a high school teacher for 18 years and every year tell stories of my diving on those trips to encourage my Senior students to take scuba if they attend UNCC!!!
Allen Shellenbarger from Charlotte wrote on May 17, 2020 at 11:05 pm:
Roy was my first exercise science advisor and I would go to his office just to talk because he was so cool to talk to. Infact, I think I was one of the first students he told when he was stepping down from advising and just sticking to pool related stuff. This really hits hard, he was a great teacher, advisor, and friend. I am honored just to have known him. Thanks Roy for all the conversations
Sophia Marshall from Charlotte wrote on May 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm:
On Friday evening, I received some shocking and sad news that my friend and co-worker of 20 years, Roy Fielding, passed away. Roy was a UNC Charlotte staple, and had just retired after dedicating 40+ years to the university. The Belk Pool, which was his happy place, was to be named in his honor in March but due to the quarantine, it was postponed. I really wish he could have seen this happen because he deserved it. Roy was my "boyyyy"! I was straight out of graduate school and just started my job at UNCC when he taught me my 1st hard lesson about being a professional by telling me "NO, your lack of preparation is not my emergency"...and you better believe I came back CORRECT every time after that. Roy was tough and sarcastic, he didn't mix words and you knew exactly where you stood with him. However, he was also kind and generous, caring, helpful, funny, and a great friend and man. He will be missed! #rip #thepoolprofessor My deepest condolences to his wife, Mary Gaye and the rest of his family & loved ones. I'm praying for your peace and comfort during this difficult time.