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 28, 2022
    Julie Jackson says:
    Nancy - my deepest condolences to you and your family. I was very fortunate to have worked side-by-side with Pat at RMJ back in the good old days of the 1980s. In what was a fairly challenging work environment, Pat always was nice and always was a gentleman. But what I remember more than anything else was his terrific sense of humor and how much fun he was to work with. In an era before Human Resources even existed in our industry, we were surrounded by quite a cast of characters. Somehow, Pat never failed to find the humor in them, and in the resulting craziness that just seemed to be part of our everyday work life, which made it not only tolerable, but hugely entertaining to be there. May he Rest In Peace.

  • January 28, 2022
    Billy Jones says:
    My heart is filled with sorrow to have lost such a wonderful friend and my love and prayers go out to Nancy and her beautiful family. May God bless you all!

  • January 27, 2022
    Bill Wood says:
    I was lucky enough to grow up with Patrick on Aquaview Court in Huntington NY for twenty years , where we lived one house away. Each family had five children of similar ages. I remember Patrick’s great sense of humor and his athletic prowess, particularity watching him play hockey in high school . He was a great guy to spend time with . I remember looking up to him as role model as a kid , his being two years older than me . He never had an unkind word for anyone and had a great gift for telling a funny story , often with a great punchline . My heart goes out to wife Nancy and his three children. I was also very close with all of his siblings, as were my siblings and can only imagine the pain and shock his loss leaves for David, Mary, Linda and John and his lovely mother Betty.. I will always remember his laugh and great charm. May he Rest In Peace.

  • January 27, 2022
    Jack, Jeanne, Kevin, Claire and Bradley Gore says:
    The Gore Family sends our deepest and sincere condolences to the entire Roach clan. Patrick was a wonderful individual and by all the condolences loved by all. His obituary was a beautiful tribute to him. God Bless you all.

  • January 27, 2022
    Christopher J. Kenny says:
    Truly sad to hear about Patrick's passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of his loved ones. Patrick was sincere, kind to all, and always a pleasure to be around. He will be sorely missed.