John Roche, 82, formerly of Longboat Key, died Sept. 29.
Born March 6, 1930, and raised in Boston, he served in the First Active Reserve Squadron assigned to VF916 squadron, GAG 8 on the Roosevelt Carrier during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of Miami and was active in the Kappa Sigma fraternity for 50 years.
Mr. Roche worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years, then in investments and insurance for 25 years. He then taught at Arvida Middle School in Miami for 10 years.
In 2000, he moved to Longboat Key, where he lived until 2008, when he moved to Lake Mary to be near his daughter.
Mr. Roche was active in the churches he attended, the Knights of Columbus and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Church of the Nativity, 3255 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Our Daily Bread of Bradenton, P.O. Box 9544, Bradenton, Fla., 34206-9544.
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