Hector Patrick Roach
Hector Patrick Roach, born on April 16th, 1942 in New Waterford, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital on January 6th, 2018 surrounded by family. Close to a decade ago, Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD) began to slowly rob our family of the husband, father, grandfather, sibling and friend who was loved by so many.
Prior to his illness, Hector was an outstanding athlete. He was inducted into the Nova Scotia Hall of Fame for his role in winning a national high school basketball title and he went on to play basketball for UNB. He coached basketball teams to more than a dozen provincial titles and later donned the black and white stripes as a referee. Throughout his life, Hector was an avid outdoorsman. He shared his love and skill for fishing, canoeing, birding and hiking with his family and hundreds of others through instruction at UNB, Canoe New Brunswick, Fundy Hiking Holidays and Backcountry Adventures, a small business which he and his wife, Nancy, operated for a period of time.
Hector loved to teach. He taught and coached physical education for 30 years in city schools, the majority of which were spent at George Street Junior High School. He loved all animals, especially dogs, and was proud to have his last Labrador retriever trained as a St John Ambulance therapy dog. Even though FTD resulted in the loss of his interests, skills and knowledge, the family takes great comfort in knowing that so much of what he knew lives on in those he taught.
Hector is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nancy (Estey) Roach and their children Bill Reynolds (Joanne) and Sarah Reynolds-Yohe (Charlie); beloved grandchildren Maia Reynolds, Peter Reynolds, Zachary Leblanc, Sebastien Leblanc, Brady Yohe and Samantha Yohe; siblings Clarence (Vivian) Roach, Marie (Archie) MacKinnon and Betty (Chester) Muise. He also loved being an uncle to his many nieces and nephews. Hector was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Katie Roach, and his younger brother, Patrick Roach.
The family would like to thank the many friends and caregivers who helped bring light to this long journey. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation to the Fredericton Community Foundation or a charity of their choice.
Please join us for a celebration of Hector’s life taking place on Friday, January 12th, 2018 from 4-6 pm at Kingswood Lodge.