Love and memories last forever...
  • 88 years old
  • Born on December 29, 1929 .
  • Passed away on August 14, 2018 .

Daniel Galvin Roche, 88, of Mullica Hill, NJ, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2018, after a brief illness.  He joins Emma, his high school sweetheart and wife of 68 years, who passed away in January.  

Daniel, “Mutt”, was born on December 29, 1929 in Gibbstown, the eldest son of Stephen and Mildred Roche.  He was a hard worker, who hardly ever missed a day of work. His priority was always supporting his wife and family of nine children. Dan began his career as a pipefitter out of Local 80 in Delaware.  He moved on to be an estimator and retired in construction management.  Dan’s sense of humor, humility, and faith in God helped him to navigate the difficulties of life.  He had a quick wit and a calm demeanor, always ready to lighten up any situation with a smile, a smart quip and the love in his Irish blue eyes.  

Besides his wife, Daniel was preceded in death by his son, Stephen and his daughters Jeanne and Maureen.  He is survived by his sister, Sally, in Florida, his six other children, Diane, Duane (Sheryl), Teresa (Ted Quirk), Mary, Daniel Jr. (Patti), and Kristin (Ed Dirago), as well as 25 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.  He will be dearly missed.  

The family wishes to thank Vitas Hospice Care for their assistance in Dad’s final days.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Daniel Roche at 10:00 on Friday, August 17 at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit Parish Center, 17 Earlington Ave.,  Mullica Hill,  NJ 08062.  Friends and family may call at the church beginning at 9:00 am.  The Rite of Committal will be offered at Eglington Cemetery, 320 King’s Hwy, Clarksboro, NJ 08020 following the Mass.  

Posted by Loretta DiDonato on 16th August 2018
Dear Roche Cousins and Family, Had to share this today. When my precious father died, I was so numb and sad. I knew right away what I lost and the pain was unbearable; my sons were only 15 months old. I was reminded of this poem. When Mom died, my uncle Jimmy handed me a flower to put on the casket and I was reminded again with the same crushing sadness: Lodged by Robert Frost "The rain to the wind said, ''You push and I'll pelt'. They so smote the garden bed. That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged -- though not dead. I know how the flowers felt.”
Posted by Chris Mitchell on 16th August 2018
I will always remember Uncle Mutt as a man’s man. I used to tell him he looked like my dad. And he would reply, “Yeah but I’m better looking.” RIP
Posted by Danny Cipressi on 16th August 2018
Uncle Dan, There are no words that can express how wonderful it is to be reunited with those you deeply love. I know you are experiencing that joy now. Give those wonderful loved ones a big hug from our family. We will miss you!
Posted by Garden Logan on 15th August 2018
We are so sorry for your loss!! My grandpop talked about his good friend Mutt often and we were always so intrigued by the stories as kids. He’s with all the great ones now and like Loretta said we still have a few laughs left! Sending healing prayers and love. Garden Dianne DiDonato’s daughter
Posted by Loretta DiDonato on 15th August 2018
Dear Cousins and Family, I am heartbroken for your loss. Uncle Dan was a master-of-the-family; his presence was always felt and he brought us a lot of laughs. I loved his respect for my mother and father and us kids, into adulthood. His love for Aunt Emma was to be envied as theirs was obviously a life of love. This picture on this site of the family at Maureen's wedding says so much. That wedding was a ball, one of the few my father and mother traveled to and boy did we laugh. Rest in peace now, Uncle Dan and Aunt Emma; you've earned your victorious reward. Well done, good and faithful servants. Kiss Mom and Pop and Stephen for me, miss you dear friends, Maureen and Jeanne. For the great Roche family left behind, we still have a few laughs left; don't we? It's what Aunt Emma and Uncle Dan would want. I am here if you need anything. Peace, Loretta and Boys.
Posted by Gloria DiDonato on 15th August 2018
Rest in peace Uncle Dan I will remember when you and Aunt Emma visited my mom and pop. Great times! Love and prayers, Gloria DiDonato
Posted by Kathleen Deitrick on 15th August 2018
Dan was one of a kind. I worked with him for many years. Dan was family to everyone he worked with. Always positive. Always caring. Always kind. God Bless his wonderful family. He is resting in the arms of the Lord.
Posted by Linda DiDonato on 15th August 2018
Love you Uncle Mutt. xoxo

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