Richard L. Roche

December 26, 2008

Richard L. Roche
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

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.

OBITUARY:

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

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  1. To The Roche Family:

    Our sincere sympathy to you. Coach Roche was a great coach and a truly great man. Thoughtful and wise was he.
    I’m sure he will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him.

    Sincerely,

    Rich and Edie Guidoboni – BHS classes 1959 and 1960.

  2. To the Roach family,
    Im sorry to hear about Mr. Roach. He was my Burlington High teacher in 1981,82 and 83.
    I still remember him pulling me aside after class one day knowing I had signed up for the United States Navy and knowing I was very nervous. He gave me some advice about what was I was in for. Advice that helped me in my years in the service. I also remember him telling me stories about my Mom and Dad and Uncles he had in class at Burlington High years before. Im glad I made a point to thank him when I came home the first time.

    RIP Mr Roach.
    Michael Caterino(class of 1983)

  3. Dayle Rupprecht Caterino
    To all of Mr. Roche’s family, I send my sympathy & prayers. I am sure you are all so very proud of the man your Dad and Grandfather was. He has left such a memorable mark on so many of us who knew him as a coach, teacher & friend. He was my 9th grade civics teacher and a respected coach who also cared deeply for all of us who were cheerleaders at Burlington High. He was admired by my older brother in sports as well as my 3 sons who were all blessed with his teaching – imagine those span of years & the lives he touched. He never forgot to ask of my Dad, remembering, too, that he also had attended Ithaca college. He will live forever in the hearts of all of us.

  4. To the Family of Mr.Roche,

    I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I was fortunate to have him as a civics teacher. I also have many good memories of him, and I know he has left his mark on every student he ever had. You must always remember his smile.

    Sincerely,

    Carole Hutchinson-Campamo

  5. To the Roche family I am sorry for your loss. Dick was a special coach, teacher and person.

    Bill Evans Class of 1959

  6. To the Roche family:

    Sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. He was a great guy. Unfortunately, I’m out of town this week and cannot attend the services but he will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely,

    Joe Crowley

  7. Sorry to hear of Mr. Roche’s passing. He was a great Teacher and very special also.
    Wilhelmina Sloan (billie) Allfrey

  8. To the Family of Mr.Roche,

    I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of Mr.Roche. I was fortunate to have him as a history teacher. He may have been quiet but he had a sense of humor and a smile that said it all! He had a way of making people think of things they would never think of.I know I speak for every student when I say Mr.Roche was a lengend in the town of Burlington.My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.

    Sincerely,

    Monica Donovan

  9. Claire Donahue
    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dick. He leaves behind many happy memories with so many people. He will be missed.

  10. To:The Family of Richard L. Roche

    Words could never express the feelings of the loss of a love one.I did not know him personally but i know his son and i know that he had to be a good man to have raised someone as special as him!

    sincerly,
    Kathy Garrett

  11. Ed and Carol Hovasse
    To the Roche family, We are sorry for your loss. Coach Roche was a wonderful man in and out of the classroom. He leaves a lot of happy memoris and his family must be very proud.
    Carol and Ed Hovasse

  12. Bobby and Michael,

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your grandfather. I know how much he meant to you. You will both be in my thoughts.

    Love Auntie Karen

  13. To Barbara, Laura, Bobby and Michael, I am so sorry for your loss, I know he will be missed by you all. Know that you guys are in my prayers and always will be. love you all,
    Linda (auntie)

  14. To the family of Dick Roche:

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Dick. Dick holds a special place in my life for his genuineness and his caring, not only as a coach but also as a friend.
    My future, after high school, was driven by the wise teachings of Dick, whether winning or losing.
    Carol and I will never forget Coach Roche.

    With heartfelt sympathy,

    Jerry Skelton

  15. To Dick’s family
    Dick was my football coach and phy ed teacher at Burlington High School way back in the 50’s. He was an inspirational leader and wonderful teacher both on the gridiron and in the gym. He and his colleagues taught me many of the lessons I have used to this day in managing my life. He will always hold a place in the Pantheon of my life.
    You have the thoughts and prayers on me and my family.
    Ed Cass, Class of 1958, Burlington High School.

  16. Richard L. Roche

    To The Roche Family, I am
    sincerely sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was one of the most influential people in my life growing up as an athlete in Burlington. He will surely be missed

    Sue and Bill Harvey

  17. Richard L. Roche

    To The Roche Family, I am
    sincerely sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was one of the most influential people in my life growing up as an athlete in Burlington. He will surely be missed

    Sue and Bill Harvey

  18. Joannie; we are sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Let friends lend you the love and support and help you to recall fond memories you treasure with your dad. Then when your alone, use those to help get you through your sorrow.
    Love Robin & Rick

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