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Roche Bros. Co-Founder Patrick Roche Dies

Patrick "Pat" Roche, who co-founded Roche Brothers supermarkets, has died at the age of 83.

Patrick E. “Pat” Roche, 83, died on Saturday.

The co-founder of Roche Brothers supermarkets, and in Sudbury, lived in Marshfield. He founded the supermarket chain, based in Wellesley, in 1952, with his brother Buddy. The first location was in Roslindale, where they grew up.

There are now 18 stores including and .

He was a graduate of Boston Latin School class of 1946 and Boston College class of 1951. Pat and his family moved to Marshfield in 1964.

He was a member and past treasurer at Marshfield Country Club. He was a proud alumnus of Boston Latin School and Boston College.

Roche was a long time member and Hall of Fame member of Massachusetts Food Association.

He was married to Barbara (Travers) Roche.

He was the father to Patrick E “Rick” Roche Jr. and his wife Cathy of Westwood and Edward G. “Eddie” Roche and his wife Denise Nicoli-Roche of Holliston. He was grandfather to Caitlin E. and Christopher M. Roche.

Roche was a brother to Daniel “Bud” Roche and his wife Eileen of Needham, Jack Roche, Columban Father of RI and the late James Roche.

He was the son of the late Patrick J. and Elsie Roche. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at St. Christine’s Church, 1295 Main St. Rte 3A, Marshfield on Monday, May 28 from 3 to 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Christine’s Church on Tuesday, May 29 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Couch Cemetery Marshfield.

In keeping with Roche’s philanthropic ideas contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

LarryBoston May 28, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Very sorry to hear that Patrick has passed away. Though we've moved to the North End and there is no longer a Roche Bros. store near us (though we hope that one will open someday), it is by far our favorite supermarket. I am thankful for the compassion and generosity the Roche family has always shown. Here's one small, personal example. I used to drive a friend and struggling alcoholic to AA meetings. Between relapses, he worked at the local Roche Bros store. What amazed me at the time was that every time he put together a couple weeks off the bottle, Roche Brothers would give him yet another chance. Eventually, he "got it," stayed sober, and finished college, thank to the very personal philanthropy of the Roche family. God speed, Patrick!
Pat Siff February 28, 2013 at 02:33 PM
May Pat rest in peace. I first met Buddy and Pat in Roslindale Sq. a small little meat market. I was a new bride and use to ask for 2 of this and 2 of that. One of the brothers asked if i were recently married...This brother was married same month as I was June 8,1957 . He told me not to ask for 2 of this etc. just ask for what meat I wanted and he would give me the correct amount. Both brothers were great. I moved to Cape Cod a year ago and so happy to have a Roche Brothers in Mashpee .

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