ROACH Paul J. Roach, 88, the retired Fire Chief of the Town of Stoughton, died peacefully Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the Copley at Stoughton Nursing Home in Stoughton, after a period of failing health. He was the husband of 66 years of Madeline T. (Hogan) Roach. Born and raised in Stoughton, he was a graduate of St. Mary’s School and Boston College High School. He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and a Veteran of World War II. Chief Roach worked for the Stoughton Fire Department from 1953 until his retirement in 1988. He was appointed Fire Chief in 1961 and held that position until his retirement. He was a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, where he was Past President of the New England Division and the Massachusetts Association of Fire Chiefs. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children; Nancy M. Gregoire, Paul J. Roach, Deputy Fire Chief, Stoughton Fire Dept. (Ret.) and Michael J. Roach and his wife Lisa all of Stoughton and Jeanne F. Roach of VA. He is also survived by six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral will be held from the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park Street (Rt.27), STOUGHTON on Monday at 10:00 A.M. followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Stoughton at 11:00 A.M. Visiting Hours Sunday from 3:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. Interment will take place at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, donations in Paul’s memory may be made to the Stoughton Firefighters, Local 1512, 30 Freeman St., Stoughton, MA 02072 or Beacon Hospice, 182 N. Main Street, Fall River, MA 02720. Directions and obituary at www.farleyfh.com. Farley Funeral Home 781-344-2676
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Published in Boston Herald on Oct. 26, 2012