Edward Roche

September 4, 2022
Edward  Roche

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Edward Roche, 71, originally from Upton, Massachusetts passed away on Sunday, September 4th, 2022 in his home in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife of nearly 33 years, Betty, and his family by his side.

Eddie was born on March 14, 1951 in Worcester, Massachusetts to the late William and Marion (McCarthy) Roche. He was the youngest of eight children, all of whom were raised in Upton. Eddie graduated from St. Mary’s School in Milford, Massachusetts and was employed as a store manager at Westboro Auto Parts in Northboro, Massachusetts for many years.

After moving to Eliot, Maine, Eddie became very involved with and enjoyed his community service with the Eliot Police Auxiliary. When they had had enough of New England winters, Eddie and Betty moved to Williamsburg, Virginia where they lived at the time of his death.

Some of Eddie’s favorite things and fondest memories include his trip to Israel, Woodstock ’69, tending to his beautiful gardens, watching NASCAR, and sharing his lap with his many beloved pets. He was a ham radio enthusiast and enjoyed connecting with people all over the world. Eddie was also a member of the Baháʼí faith.

In addition to his wife Betty, Eddie is survived by his siblings Mary Fedorczuk, Millie (Nick) Galeone, Patrick (Betty) Roche, Kathleen (Guy) Schultz, and Dottie (Timmy) O’Neil; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William Roche and by a sister, Marion Despres.

Eddie is also survived by his children, Tara (Alan) Roche, Danny (Lyric) Roche, and stepchildren Mark (Laura) Faucher, Christine (Nick) Lux, and Matt (Natalie) Faucher; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Many thanks to Riverside Hospice in Williamsburg for their compassionate care.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Monday September 12th, from 11am – 12:30pm at the Pickering & Son Upton Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton. A graveside service will immediately follow at Lakeview Cemetery, N Main St., Upton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Friends of Upton State Forest PO Box 258, Upton, MA 01568-0258.


Monday September 12, 2022
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Pickering & Son Upton Funeral Home, Inc.
45 Main Street
Upton, MA 01568

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  • September 10, 2022
    Rita (Sesona) Juster says:
    Rest In Peace, Eddie. Thanks for your gentle spirit and wry sense of humor that made homeroom with Mr. Dee at St. Mary's a fun way to start the day. Enjoyed our last high school class Zoom call, too, and finding out about Woodstock. Heartfelt condolences to your family.

  • September 10, 2022
    Charlie Powers says:
    Eddie was one of those classmates whom I got to know better at the reunions than in our St. Mary’s years. He was the only person I knew who attended Woodstock. I thought he was the luckiest person in the world. I will miss him at the upcoming 50th reunion. God bless you, Eddie.

  • September 08, 2022
    deborah Richardson1 says:
    Betty I'm so sorry for your loss and to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers.