ROCHE, Raymond J.|
Raymond J. Roche died June 11, 2014 at home with his family after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Born in 1949 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ray grew up in a loving family with two brothers and two sisters. He received a degree in English from Villanova University, moved to Texas in 1974, and then completed his master's degree at The University of Texas. He spent most of his 38 year career in education at Bowie High School teaching English and coaching tennis. He loved the students and made many good friends at Bowie. After retiring, he spent time volunteering at The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Zach Scott Theatre and The Long Center.
Ray had many and varied interests and talents. He was equally as comfortable taking on a carpentry project as writing a poem. He loved playing golf and tennis, bike riding, and hiking. He was especially proud of completing a Sprint Triathlon with his sons and friends last summer. He greatly enjoyed singing in the Bethany Lutheran Church choir, spent wonderful times playing the dulcimer with good friends, and had a passion for gardening. His great love was spending time with his family and friends who were blessed by his strength, sense of humor and loving personality.
Ray is survived by his wife, Cindy; his two sons and their families, Adam Roche and Jacquelyn Cooksey and grandson, Evan and Tom and Nicki Roche. He is also survived by his four siblings and their families, Joan Morley, Jim Roche, Elizabeth and Phil Taggart and Paul and Cathy Roche. He loved his many nieces and nephews and was very close to his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ron and Nita Culbertson and Nancy and Tony Simons. He will be so missed.
A Memorial Service is planned for Monday, June 30th at 1:00 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W. Slaughter Lane. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:30-1:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Memorials and guestbook online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 24 to June 25, 2014