We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Pickering & Son Upton Funeral Home, Inc.
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 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Pickering & Son Upton Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton.
A graveside service will immediately follow at 1:00 PM at Lakeview Cemetery, North 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.