Richard Joseph Roche, 51, Owned RWG Logistics, Ward Hill

richard_rocheRichard Joseph Roche, 51, of Haverhill, husband of Diana J. (Dukeshire) Roche, passed away Monday, Feb. 22.

Born in Haverhill, he was the son of Robert A. and Mary E. (Lemeiux) Roche of Haverhill. Raised and educated in Haverhill, he was a graduate of Haverhill High School, class of 1983. He loved football and was an avid sports fan, especially the New England Patriots. At the start of his career he worked for Frank O’Rourke Warehousing in Boston and upon purchasing the company he relocated to the Ward Hill Industrial Park in Haverhill doing business as RWG Logistics. While not having children of his own he had a special bond with all of his nieces and nephews and family members.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his siblings, Robert P. Roche and his wife Laura of Haverhill; Daniel T. Roche of Bradford; John M. Roche and his wife Ellen of Haverhill; Laureen M. Opolski and her husband John of Haverhill; Kathleen M. Clark and her husband Thomas of Bradford; James F. Roche and his wife Holly of Bradford; Mary E. O’Neil and her husband Colin of Haverhill and Thomas E. Roche and his partner Nancy Banatt of Weymouth; nieces and nephews Amanda, Shannon, Bobby, Godson John Michael, Charlie, Catherine, Stefan, Ian, Maggie, Evan, Meghan, Matthew, Molly, Shain, Seamus, Patrick, Colin, Kathleen, Phelan and Thomas; aunt, Eileen C. Roche of Hampstead, N.H. He was predeceased by his nephews Connor, Edward and Christopher; his aunt and uncle Donna Maria Walsh and Albert V. Lemieux.

Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours Sunday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St.t, Haverhill. Funeral services will begin Monday morning at 10, from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m., at St. James Church, Winter Street, Haverhill. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Primrose Street, Haverhill. Contributions may be made to the Charity of One’s Choice.