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Royal H. Roach Sr.

Born: Mon., Aug. 25, 1913
Died: Fri., Dec. 3, 2004

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Royal H. Roach Sr. ORANGE- Royal H. Roach Sr., 91, of 64 East Main Street, a long time resident of Orange, passed peacefully on Friday evening, December 3, 2004 at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, on August 25, 1913, he was a son of William Herbert Roach and Harriet Briggs Roach . He was married to Anna Urban who died on October 2, 1987. He leaves his long time companion, Shirley Tirrell. He had worked at the L. S. Starrett Company in Athol for a number of years before going on to sell Kaiser and Frazier automobiles. He later became a mechanic and went on to operate a gas station, Royal's Chevron, on East Main Street before retiring. A talented man with a passion for automobiles, he and his good friend, the late Dick Phillips of Athol, were responsible for the restoration of the Orange Historical Society's 1904 Grout steam car originally manufactured in Orange and now housed in the permanent collection of Historical Society's building on North Main Street. His original forte was a Model A Ford restorer and for many years drove a 1930 Ford roadster, traveling many miles through out New England for Antique Car Meets. When Anna died, he sold the Ford and then started restoring a 1925 Nash touring car which he drove until quite recently. Not one to limit his interests to a certain automobile manufacturer, he had many other antique cars which passed through his barn on East Main Street. He was a lifetime member of the Orange Historical Society and was quite often seen with the Society at the annual "Steam Show" in Orange with the Grout car. Survivors include his sons, Royal H. Roach Jr. Of Zephyr Hills, Florida and Rockland, Maine, and R. Edward Roach of Lowell; three grandsons, Steven R. Roach, Timothy D. Roach, and Scott D. Roach, all of Orange; seven great grandchildren, Holly, Mikaela, Leah, Andrew, Alex, Shauna, and Bethany; and many close, caring friends for whom the family is grateful too. Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening, December 9, 2004 from 5-7PM at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, prior to a Memorial service. A Memorial Services will be held on Thursday evening following calling hours, at 7:00PM with the Rev. Vance E. Frank officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Activities Fund, c/o Quabbin Valley Healthcare, 821 Daniel Shays Highway, Athol, MA 01331. Witty's Funeral Home, Orange, is directing the arrangements. Guest register and directions available at www.wittyfuneralhome.com

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Joseph H Cromwell
   Posted Tue December 07, 2004
my condolences to you Royal I will say a prayer.

Norene Urban
   Posted Tue December 07, 2004
He was a gentleman, a skilled craftsman, and artist. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
We will always have fond memories.
Norene Urban

Julie Urban
   Posted Tue December 07, 2004
Some of my most special childhood memories are visiting with Aunt Anna and Uncle Royal; sitting in the parlor and looking at what seemed like thousands of pictures, going to the garage and seeing the car Uncle Royal would be working on at the time and drinking Moxie !! As I became an adult I learned what a caring and loving person he was, for he was there for me at a time when I really needed someone. Although, I live in CA and have for many years, I have never forgotten him or how special he really was. I really wish I could be there to say goodbye, however, he will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. With many Loving Memories Julie Urban

Nancy J Bailey
   Posted Thu December 09, 2004
Royal and Family,
All your neighbors and friends at Forest Lake Estates send there best to you and your family at this time.
God Bless You

Joan M. Gates
   Posted Thu December 09, 2004
Royal and Robert, How very lucky you have been to have your father to this age. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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