Roy’s Story

Site created on November 30, 2018

Roy, Our Gentle Light

Roy Sumit Sen was 17 years old and a junior at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek. Roy was a beloved son, a dear brother, a true friend, a soon-to-be Eagle Scout and on his way to earning his pilot’s wings. He was an all around athlete, a great student and an accomplished pianist. Free-spirited and curious, he traveled extensively not only in the US but throughout Asia, North America and Europe. As an exchange student he traveled to Hungary through the City of Walnut Creek’s Youth Ambassador Exchange Program. Roy attended the Boy Scouts National Youth Leadership Training program and went on to become his Boy Scout troop's Senior Patrol Leader. He went backcountry backpacking with National Outdoor Leadership School at the age of 14. 

At thirteen, Roy chose Buddhism as a path to spirituality. This choice felt natural to all who knew him as the gentle spirit that he was. His life was a pursuit of excellence, which shone through his passion for sports like soccer, swimming and cross-country. He put his whole heart into everything he did – in his fearless pursuit of learning and adventure, his love of music and playing the piano and in his gentle attitude towards every form of life he encountered. 

Roy was a roller coaster loving, steak and pho eating, sour patches candy connoisseur, who always had a smile for his friends and family. 

Most of all, he lived his life in love with a generous grace that touched all of us, his family and friends. 

He passed away in his sleep on November 30, 2018 and through this site, we invite you to leave memories, stories and words of comfort for Sumit, Tina, and Raj. Please subscribe to this site for information and updates. 
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Journal entry by Tina Duran

Sharing Las Lomas High School Seniors 2020 Reflections video. So touched that this was dedicated in Roy’s memory. These kids  have accomplished so much in spite of being robbed of the full senior year experience. We loved seeing his friends’ performances highlighted - what a delight! Las Lomas Class of 2020 - we are so proud of you!
“ The fearless, kind and resolute spirit of Roy wishes all the Las Lomas graduates the best of luck, and inspires all to be calm, live in the moment and above all, smile”
- Sumit, Raj and Tina
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