RICHARD L. ROCHE – in Woburn, December 26th, beloved husband of the late Florence J.(Korchak) Roche. Devoted father of Richard M. Roche and his wife Robbin of VA, Barbara E. Brady of Seabrook, NH and Joan M. Roche-Napolitano and her husband Al of Billerica. Dear brother of Rt. Rev. Msgr. William Roche of Boston, Janice Salveson of Winthrop and the late Virginia Slade-Murphy. Loving grandfather of ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn,on Wednesday, December 31st at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn,at 10. Calling hours Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Roche’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
Richard “Dick” L. Roche, a lifelong resident of Woburn, passed away peacefully at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center after a brief illness, on Friday evening, with his loving family by his side. The beloved husband of the late Florence J. (Korchak) Roche, he was eighty-three years of age. Born and raised in Woburn, Dick as he was better known, was the son of the late,William H. and Marguritte (Manning) Roche.
After graduating from Woburn High School, he entered the United States Navy where he proudly served his country during WWII. Upon completion of his military service, he enrolled at St. Michael’s College in Vermont and later transferred to Ithaca College in NY. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Ithaca in 1952. That same year, he married his beloved wife Florence, whom he had meet in college. They made their home in Woburn where they raised their three children. He was actively involved with his children and taught each of them to swim while working as a life guard at Horn Pond.
Dick enjoyed a successful teaching career at Burlington High School where he began as a Physical Education Teacher and then two years later transferred to the Social Studies Dept, where he remained a teacher for the next forty years. He also served as the head coach for the Burlington High School Football Team from 1954-1961, the assistant coach from 1952-1953 and coached the Burlington High School Basketball Team from 1952-1954 and Baseball Team from l952-1961. He was an extremely quiet man with an easy going personality and was a wonderful listener which served him well in his role as teacher, coach and father. His interests varied from reading to gardening and he had a tremendous interest in researching his family’s genealogy.
In later years, he and his wife were blessed with ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. They shared many wonderful times together and after his wife’s passing in 1998, he remained especially close with his children and grandchildren. Dick also had a great group of friends who he saw on a regular basis. On Mondays he would walk to the coffee shop to meet with them or gather at Bickford’s Restaurant to share a meal and good conversation.
Dick was a member of the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association, the Retired Burlington Teacher’s Association and the Hall of Fame Committee for Football and Baseball in Burlington.
In addition to his wife, Florence J. (Korchak) Roche, to whom he was devoted for forty-five years, Dick was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Slade Murphy.
He is lovingly survived by his children, Richard M. Roche and his wife Robbin of VA, Barbara E. Brady of Seabrook, NH, Joan M. Roche-Napolitano and her husband Al of Billerica, his siblings, Rev. Msgr. William Roche of Boston and Janice Salveson of Winthrop, ten grandchildren, Robert Brady III, Michael Brady, Laura Fennelly, Margo Leighter, Robert McFaden, Sandra and Shannon Gause, Richard Roche III, Rachel and Brian R. Roche and ten great grandchildren. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn on Wednesday, December 31st at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10. Calling hours Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Roche’s memory to a charity of one’s choice