Patrick Roach

May 17, 1958 - January 22, 2022
Patrick Roach

Patrick (Pat, Paddy) Roach, 63, of Leland, NC passed unexpectedly on January 22,  2022. We are devastated by this sudden loss and will miss him dearly.

Born on May 17, 1958, to loving parents David Joseph Roach III and Betty Roach, he is survived by his wife of 38 years Nancy, his daughters Katelyn (Nick), Christine (Brad), son Kyle (Maggie), and his granddaughter Kiley. He is also survived by his mother Betty, his brothers and sisters David (Valerie), Mary (Steve), Linda (Marc), and John (Maureen), along with his many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Patrick spent most of his life in Huntington, NY, where he met Nancy while working at Whaler’s Inn. He graduated from Holy Family High School in ’76 and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Niagara University. Shortly after graduating, Patrick and Nancy were engaged before he started his 27-year career on Wall Street. Patrick and Nancy married in May of ’83 at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenlawn. In ’87 they welcomed their first child, Katelyn, followed by Christine in ’89 and Kyle in ’94.

Patrick was a devoted family man. He and his family spent the majority of weekends in the 90s and early 2000s at their ski house in Windham, NY. He enjoyed watching his kids play soccer and baseball on the weekends, never missing a game. He loved to play golf, deep sea fish with his brothers- in-law, work on home improvement projects with his sons-in-law, and spend hours in the kitchen. He was very much a chef at heart — anyone who has had any of his trademark dishes such as the famous “Purple Chicken” can attest. He was a gifted story teller and avid historian.

His quarter century professional career saw many achievements across many firms and institutions such as RMJ Securities, Instinet and Cantor Fitzgerald e-Speed. In 1993 he was named youngest Managing Director of RMJ Securities, a firm at which he was a pivotal figure for over 18 years. He remained close with many of his professional colleagues well into his retirement and throughout the remainder of his life. He retired in 2005 and centered his focus again on his family. There are many things in his life that he could tell you he was proud of professionally, but nothing was of greater value than all members of his family, immediate and extended. He and Nancy moved to Leland in 2018 to spend their retired years in North Carolina trying to make ‘y’all’ part of their everyday vocabulary. They often traveled around the country to visit their children and granddaughter Kiley.

He was a repeat volunteer at the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged where he assisted in all elements of preperation and athletic competition for the athletes. He was dedicated to charitable military and patriotic causes and was a proud American. His dedication knew no bounds.

We like to think he’s spending his days now on a beach in Bermuda with his four-legged best friend, Yankee, glass of pinot grigio in hand.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 11am to 1 pm on Friday, January 28, 2022 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Services will be held 11 am Saturday, January 30, 2022 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel led by Life Celebrant Linda Register.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation or The Honor Flight Network.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099.

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  • January 29, 2022
    Bruce Tronolone says:
    Absolutely shocked and devastated by the news of Pat’s sudden passing. My memories of Pat always ended with a smile, he was one of the good ones, and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers to Nancy and the extended family.

  • January 28, 2022
    Ken Barrett says:
    I am floored and destroyed to hear about wonderful Pat's death. I have a heartful of happy, great times share with him and Nancy, I am very sorry that I will not be able to attend the funeral but please know that I will be praying for you all. With great sympathy and cherished memories...Ken

  • January 28, 2022
    Susan Mitchell says:
    Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your dear husband, brother and father. May God give you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  • January 28, 2022
    Keith Wunsch says:
    Ginny and I are saddened by the loss to your entire family. I have a great memories of our RMJ days, the 5:30 'Silver Bullet' train ride from Brooklyn, and many other good times in Huntington. I will never forget Pat's comforting words when my Dad past. Patty was an awesome guy, good friend and co-worker. Our prayers are with you at this time, Nancy. May he Rest In Peace.

  • January 28, 2022
    Rachel Casey says:
    The Casey families of Centerport send our deepest sympathies.