August 30, 2013

Lt. Col. John F. Roachj

ROACH - A Mass of Christian burial for Lt. Col. John F. Roach, 82, of State Route 22B, Peru, was celebrated at noon, Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Augustine's Church in Peru. Rev. Alan D. Shnob, Parish pastor, celebrated. Rev. Daniel Keefe and Rev. William Reamer, concelebrated. Altar servers were Bob Herforth, Peter Keenan, Lawrence Ewald, and Allen Dixon. Organist was Lynn Wilke. Vocalist was Mitch Willette. Bagpiper was Al Warta. The pall was placed by Patrick Keefe, Kevin Keefe, Doreen Keefe, Danny Keefe, Donna Dick, and Jim Roach. The cross was placed by Mary Roach. The bible was placed by James Roach. Readers were Kelly Donoghue, and Sue Cooper. The Eucharistic gifts were presented by Firefighter J.P. Jones, Chief Brian Westover, and Chief Jeff Santor. Words of remembrance were offered by Kathleen Roach, and Eileen Roach. Pallbearers were Chief Greg Timmons, Chief Courtney Tetrault, Chief Bill Downs, Chief Scott Houser, Chief Chad Frechette, and Major John Mitchell. Honor Guard was provided by the Peru Fire Department Volunteers and several other local fire department members. Committal prayers, military honors, and burial followed in the parish cemetery. Military honors were accorded by the Vermont Air National Guard Honor Guard. A gathering followed at the Peru Fire Station. Donations in John's memory may be made to the Peru Fire Department or the St. Augustine's Soup Kitchen. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru. To light an online candle and offer condolences in the memory of John Roach, please visit

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