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EAST MILLINOCKET - John F. "Jack" Roach, 77, died Friday, August 07, 2015 at his home in East Millinocket, in the presence and care of his family. He was born August 9, 1937 in East Millinocket, the son of Martin and Kathryn (Levasseur) Roach.

Jack grew up in East Millinocket, and was a graduate of Schenck High School, class of 1955. He served in the U.S. Army, as well as the National Guard and the Air National Guard. Jack worked for the Great Northern Paper Company in East Millinocket for 26 years, retiring in 1984 as a Tinsmith. Jack enjoyed carpentry and working with wood, and particularly enjoyed working with cedar. He also enjoyed watching movies, especially westerns. Jack and his wife, Dorothy, spent many years camping together, and also raised rabbits for several years. Jack was a member of the Bernard Coro chapter of the DAV, and the Donald Henry Post #80 of the American Legion. He was also a friend of Bill W. for 34 years, and was very proud of that.

Jack is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy J. (Willette) Roach of East Millinocket; six children, Martin George Roach and his wife Debra of Gorham, Karen Marie Roach of Attleboro, Massachusetts, Brian Frederick Roach of Syracuse, New York, William Franklin Roach of Saco, Sonya Kathryn O'Malley and her husband John Patrick of Westbrook, and Rebecca Ann Van Wormer and her husband Kenneth James of East Millinocket; five grandchildren; a sister, Kathryn Ann Cole and her husband Wilbert of Bangor; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by an infant sister.

Friends and family are invited to gather together for a potluck luncheon in celebration of Jack's life at the VFW Hall, 40 Oxford St., Millinocket on Friday, August 21 from 11 - 3. For more information, call Becky at 207.469. 8890. Gifts in memory of Jack may be sent to CHCS Hospice, 313 Enfield Road, Lincoln, ME 04457, or to the Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Arrangements are by Lamson Funeral Home, East Millinocket. Messages of condolence may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.
Published on  August 10, 2015
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