ROACH, LCol (ret'd) R.A. "Dick", CD
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1935 - 2012
Richard "Dick" Alexander Roach died late in the evening of July 3, 2012 peacefully amidst family at Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary. Dick was born May 5, 1935 in Calgary, but spent the majority of his school years in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan forging life-long friendships. He returned to Calgary to attend Mount Royal College. Dick joined the King's Own Calgary Regiment (RCAC) in the 1950's, eventually serving as commanding officer from 1969 to 1972. He was instrumental in establishing the regiment's museum in the 1970's and served as its curator from the early 1990's until 2010. On February 15, 1963, he married Elizabeth "Betty" Dorman and together they raised three children in North Haven where he lived for over 40 years. Most of Dick's working life was involved with purchasing and expediting for the petroleum industry. He achieved a Professional Purchaser accreditation and was active with Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC). A highlight of his career was working for the Olympic Organizing Committee (OCO-88). Dick spent the last two years of his life at Eau Claire Retirement Residence. The family would like to thank the staff at Eau Claire for their wonderful care during his time there. A lifelong Anglican, Dick was active in life, ministry and leadership at St. Stephen's and St. Gabriel's Anglican Churches. He was a man who believed in treating others as he wished to be treated. Actions spoke more strongly than words. Dick was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Connolly (Dorman) Roach; parents, Leslie Palmer Roach and Dorothye (Alexander) Roach; brother, Robert Roach and sister, Evelyn Dobbs. He is survived by his children: David, Leslie Anne (Bruce Friesen) and Thomas (Peter Elliott); and long-time friend, Ann. A Funeral will be held at St. Stephen's Anglican Church (1121 - 14 Avenue S.W.) on Monday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Stephen's Anglican Church Open Doors Capital Campaign. To email expressions of sympathy: email@example.com subject heading: Dick Roach. Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS, FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORIUM, 1605 - 100 Street S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-272-5555. www.mountainviewmemorial.ca
Published in The Calgary Herald from July 6 to July 9, 2012