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Schimunek Funeral Home

610 W MacPhail Rd, Bel Air, MD

OBITUARY

Joseph Anthony Roche

May 25, 1935December 28, 2019
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Joseph Anthony Roche, age 84, passed away on December 28, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. He was born on 5/25/1935 in Lawrenceville, PA, to Joseph Patrick Roche and Catherine (Casey) Byrnes Roche.

He attended Central Catholic High School, Duquesne University, and Johns Hopkins University. He was honorably discharged from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

He had a successful 43 year career with the former Monumental Life Insurance Company in Baltimore. Even after his official retirement he continued to actively sell various insurance products. He began his career in Pittsburgh, with a stop in Detroit, before landing his family in the countryside of Baltimore County. It was there that he spent the majority of his life and career, and where he and his wife Lucille raised their six children, many dogs, and an assortment of horses. There were plenty of parties and family gatherings.

He was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling, listening to Irish Music, and devoting time to his ‘other career’ - The Ancient Order of Hibernians. He held a variety of positions within the organization. He held the office of National President for two terms. He was proud of his work as National Organizer, creating many new divisions across the US, including the first in Alaska. He spent much time before congress, testifying on behalf of a variety of Irish causes, a tireless advocate for peace in the North. He was a recipient of the prestigious Sean MacBride Humanitarian Award.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Margaret O’Neill, his daughter, Susan Roche Peters (Stephen) and his brother, John Thomas (Jack) Roche. He is survived by his children – Colleen Roche Gizinski (Bob) of Joppa, Kim Ann Roche (Steve) of Baltimore, Mary Pat Roark of Plano, TX, Luanne Roche (Mark) of Glen Rock, PA, and Joseph Roche (Stephanie) of Baldwin, grandchildren Brian, Katie, Michael, Patrick, Stephen, Kelly, and Connor. Great grandchildren Lizzy, Jack, and Michael. He is also survived by many cousins and friends across the United States and Ireland.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit at Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air Inc., 610 W. MacPhail Rd Bel Air, MD 21014 on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, with a prayer service at 3:30 PM. Interment will be a private ceremony for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Shriners Hospital, St. Jude’s, or the ALS Association.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Prayer Service Monday, December 30, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, December 30, 2019

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Mick Dunleavy

December 31, 2019

To the Roche family,
Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I talked with him on the phone about 3 months ago. He would call from time to time to inquire about the AOH project at the Medal of Honor Grove. He was very proud of his accomplishment to have an AOH memorial installed at the Grove, during his administration.
Shared many good times with Joe and Lucille. She kept him in line.

Mick Dunleavy

Peggy Nicholson

December 31, 2019

Kim and the entire family I offer my condolences. Sorry for your loss.

Mary Kaszak Carr

December 31, 2019

Sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness. Mr Roche as I would address him worked at Monumental for a lot of years as I did and I know he was respected very much.

Utku Turhanoglu

December 30, 2019

Joe hired me to Monumental Life back in 1999. I was a young guy fresh out of school and was looking for a job. Joe gave me a chance, turns out not just a job but a career with the company. He touched my life in a tremendous way and I am forever grateful to him. He was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I remember him offering me the job and he was so careful saying my name the right way. Being an immigrant in this country he respected me for who I am and wanted me to feel welcome in his team. It meant so much to me and thinking back I have the utmost respect for him. He will be missed. He is in my heart forever. RIP Joe.

Edward J Wallace

December 30, 2019

Sad to hear of the passing of our friend of over 40 years. Joe exemplified our AOH motto and was a passionate worker for FFAI. We always enjoyed Joe's company at meetings or in FL. I was privileged to be able to present Joe with the prestigious Sean MacBride Award.

Jack Meehan

December 30, 2019

To the Roche Family,
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of my Brother Hibernian, Joe. Please be assured that he and his family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this terrible time of loss.
Beannacht De le do anam.
Jack Meehan, National President 2006-2008
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

Mike McCormack

December 29, 2019

I've known Joe for the better part of 50 years and although we didn't always agree, he always won our discussions and I grew to respect him as a dedicated Hibernian and true Irishman. I was drawn to him each time he entered a room just to let him know I still admired him. We won't see his likes again.

Terence Byrne

December 29, 2019

Joe Roche was my cousin. Our grandfathers were brothers. He had a great love of life, family and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was loved and respected on both sides of the Atlantic. Rest In Peace.

John Fitzmorris

December 29, 2019

Joe was a kind and generous man that my wife Kay and I were happy to have become friends with him through the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Order will not see the likes of him again.

George Clough

December 29, 2019

Joe was a good friend and a great Hibernian. We worked closely in the past years for the benefit of the Order. May he Rest in Peace.

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