BEDFORD - Louis A. "Lou" Rocha, 95, of Bedford, died, Feb. 1, 2013, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born in Lowell, Mass., on Dec. 8, 1917, and was the son of Henry and Mary (Souza) Rocha. He had resided in the Lowell area for many years until moving to New Hampshire.
He was educated in the Lowell school system and later entered the U.S. Army, where he served in the Philippines as a staff sergeant in the Americal Division in Guadalcanal.
Following his time in the Army, he worked as a group leader and precision machinist with Raytheon Corp. for many years.
He was an avid bowler, starting out as a pin boy and ultimately bowling a perfect game and winning numerous titles. He enjoyed wintering in Florida and spending time with his family. Upon retirement, he spent many afternoons on the Mount Pleasant Golf Course and driving and exploring New Hampshire up until his passing.
Lou will be remembered for his keen sense of humor and gentle manner. He was most fortunate to live a long and full life.
Family members include his wife, Dorothy Rosamilio, of Bedford; a daughter, the Rev. Rosemary Rocha of Minnesota; three sons, Louis A Rocha Jr. and his wife Dolores, of Richmond, Mass., William Rocha of Nashua, Gerald Rocha and his wife Heidi, of Bedford; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Anthony Rocha; three sisters, Beatrice Kane, Elizabeth Machado, Virginia Boradowka, all of Lowell, Mass.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lillian (Lussier) Rocha in 1981.
services: A service and reception will take place at the family residence at 65 Hawthorne Drive, Bedford, in the Great Room on Sunday from 2 until 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Rosemary Rocha will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the VNA Hospice Program, 1070 Holt Ave., Suite 1400, Manchester, 03109.
For more information or to send a message of condolence, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Feb. 2, 2013