Despite its last episode airing in 2015, “Shipping Wars” remains a network staple, with reruns drawing viewers back into the show.
Notably, one of the series’ staple truckers, Roy Garber, is fondly remembered for his diverse skill set and confident demeanor.
However, Roy’s absence from the later seasons of the show raises questions about what happened to him.
Roy Garber, “Jack-of-All-Trades”
Roy Garber, a key figure in “Shipping Wars,” earned a reputation as a “jack-of-all-trades” and a “major know-it-all.”
Known for his TIG welding expertise and his ability to tackle any load or situation, Roy was considered one of the top earners in the country.
His A&E biography highlighted his experience in diverse fields, from running a small home building and remodeling company to his passion for fishing and scuba diving, often venturing into the profound waters of the Gulf Coast in quest for the biggest shark.
Roy’s Contribution to “Shipping Wars”
Roy’s dedication to shipping made it a full-time job and passion for him. After raising his son, Travis, on his own for over 18 years, he started Arbie’s Team Transport.
His role in the show extended beyond shipping, as he played a crucial role in mentoring and guiding young truckers on the rebuilding Chicago roster.
While Roy was a fixture in the earlier seasons of “Shipping Wars,” viewers noticed his absence in the later episodes.
Questions arose regarding what happened to Roy and why he was not featured in the show’s final seasons.
What happened to Roy on the Shipping Wars?
Unfortunately, Roy Garber’s absence from “Shipping Wars” was attributed to his untimely passing. In January 2014, at the age of 49, Roy suffered a fatal heart attack.
According to TMZ, he was rushed to the hospital in Texas after the heart attack but did not survive.
Condolences and Tribute
News of Roy’s passing deeply saddened fans and the “Shipping Wars” community. A statement from the A&E network expressed condolences to Roy’s loved ones, acknowledging the loss of a valued member of the network’s family.
The show paid tribute to Roy in one of the episodes that aired shortly after his passing.
Legacy and Viewer Responses
Even six years after his heart attack, fans continue to learn about Roy’s passing through the show’s reruns.
A short tribute to Roy in the series prompted an outpouring of condolences and messages on his Legacy.com obituary page, which has accumulated over 1,600 messages.
Viewers expressed their fondness for Roy, praising his contributions to the show and remembering him as a favorite.
The condolences keep on being a demonstration of Roy’s effect on the “Shipping Wars” people group.
Roy Garber’s legacy lives on in the hearts of “Shipping Wars” fans, notwithstanding his disappearance from the later times of the show.
His different abilities, certain character, and mentorship made him a beloved figure in the shipping community.
Roy’s unfavorable passing in 2014 left a void in the show and among its viewers, and the continuous condolences on his Legacy.com page exhibit the perseverance and influence he had on the people who followed his excursion on “Shipping Wars.”