Patten Funeral Home

71 Union Street, Glace Bay, NS


Brian Joseph Roach

August 10, 1950February 13, 2020

ROACH, Brian Joseph (RCMP Sergeant ret’d) Passed away on Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at age 69. He was the son of the late John (Rory) Roach and the late Isabel (Mackie) Roach of Reserve Mines, NS. Upon completion of high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and proudly served 35 years with postings in Ottawa, Manitoba, and NS (Baddeck, Ingonish Beach, Pictou, Yarmouth, Sheet Harbour, Halifax, and New Minas). He is survived by his wife Nancey of 42 years; his sons Christopher (Julie Hathaway and granddaughter Madeline), Bradley, and Anthony, all of Vancouver, BC, and Andrew of Wolfville, NS. Surviving siblings: Donna (Eric) Cadegan of Glace Bay, NS, and Douglas (Charlotte) Roach of Gardiner Mines, NS. He was a devoted and loving father, husband, and brother. His presence and sense of humour will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Heartfelt gratitude to the countless medical professionals who took care of Brian over the last twenty years, and to his brother Doug, who made that time possible with his selfless organ donation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation or the Acadia S.M.I.L.E. Program at Acadia University. Remains are resting at Patten Funeral Home Glace Bay on Tuesday February 18 from 7-9pm. Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church Reserve at 11am Wednesday February 19.

Online condolences can be made visiting: www.pattenfuneral.com


  • Isabel (Mackie) Roach, Mother (deceased)
  • John (Rory) Roach, Father (deceased)
  • Nancey (Fricker) Roach, Wife
  • Christopher Roach (Julie Hathaway), Son
  • Madeline Roach, Granddaughter
  • Bradley Roach, Son
  • Anthony Roach, Son
  • Andrew Roach, Son
  • Donna Cadegan (Eric), Sister
  • Douglas Roach (Charlotte), Brother


  • Visitation - Patten Funeral Home Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 19, 2020


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Garry Clement

March 7, 2020

I got to know Brian over the years and always found him to be a dedicated member and someone who embraced friendship. My sincere condolences. RIP.

Roland Teed

February 23, 2020

Nancy, I was deeply saddened when I heard of Brian’s passing. I enjoyed working with Brian when he was stationed in Pictou and we kept in touch over the years. Please know I’m thinking of you & your family as you go through this difficult time.

Heather McGregor

February 22, 2020

Dear Nancy,
My sincere condolences on Brian's death. I remember fondly our working friendship at the hospital, the many people that we worked together with, and some deep times we shared.
God bless you and your family as you mourn Brian's loss.
With warmth and caring,
Heather McGregor (formerly Embree)

John Clarke

February 22, 2020

Brian and I were troop mates. I'm standing to Brian's right in our black/white graduation photo. Our friendship continued as we were both posted to Ottawa from Depot and shared an apartment on King Edward. I'm originally from Nfld so you can imagine our initial disappointment when we were transferred west, Brian to Manitoba and I to Saskatchewan. I have many fond memories of our time together, Brian was a quiet, gentle, yet an impactful soul and I am deeply sadden by his passing. My family and I offer our sincere condolences , thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
R#27545, S/Sgt. John Clarke, Rt'd Troop 10 -69/70

Karen Wilson

February 20, 2020

So sorry for your loss, may Brian Rest In Peace.

Heitha Forsyth

February 20, 2020

Brian made life long friends in the community of Eriksdale , MB. Although I wasn't born when he was posted there, my entire life included updates about Brian, Nancey and the kids. He was a very loved and respected person who obviously made a positive impact on the community.

I was lucky enough to visit Brian, Nancey and the boys with my parents in Wolfeville NS in 2001 when I was 17 years old. They were such kind hosts and lovely people. I will never forget visiting the local pub and being introduced to blueberry beer! (Of course I only watched them drink it, being underage)

My deepest sympathies to the entire Roach family, I know he will be deeply missed.


February 19, 2020

Nancey and boys - Judy and I were sad to hear of Brian's passing. I'll always remember his adventures on drug section in Stellarton and the many phone calls referencing the OCP. If there was any committed member who should have been commissioned it was Brian! We remember your visit to Montague like it was yesterday. Condolences Nancey - Dwight and Judy Mullally

Keith Lundale

February 18, 2020

Our heartfelt sorrow on hearing of
Brian’s passing. Brian’s friendship and his community spirit was infectious. He was sadly missed the day he return to his home province. He will be sadly missed
today. God speed my friend. May you Rest In Peace.
Your friends
Keith and Debbie Lundale
Eriksdale Mb.

Scott Hollis

February 18, 2020

Nancey and family
We are very sorry for your loss. Brian and I were stationed at neighboring detachments in Manitoba, Brian at Tuelon, I at Winnipeg Beach. Brian was one of our an attendants when we were married 1974. We have many fond memories of him, his good humor and a great gentleman.
Scott & Janice Hollis - Tyndall, MB

Garry Nelson

February 18, 2020

Sorry to hear of your passing. We had some great times together. Especially the Road trip to the East coast in the yellow Duster. I still think about it.