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 26, 2022
    Maureen Sheerin says:
    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in your time of great sorrow. Only one who has lost a husband can know the depths of your feelings. I send you my love to give you strength to bear your sorrow. Sincerely, Maureen

  • January 26, 2022
    Steve wylong says:
    I was fortunate and blessed to have known Patrick for 41 years; and being able to call him brother-in-law for 36 of those years. He was however, more like the brother in never had. I will always remember the occasional golf outings (I always let him win by at least 1 stroke), the holidays, the family get togethers, his mastery in the kitchen, having the honor to be there when he and Nancy were married (wow, what a party), for the weddings for both of his beautiful daughters; seeing his son so happily engaged, and cheering on his beloved NY Yankees along with him win or lose. Pat was taken from us way too soon, and I will pray for his soul, and for his wonderful wife Nancy! Don’t worry Pat, we will be here to support Nancy in any and every way we can. I will miss spending time with you, will miss your smile a quick whit, but most of all, I will miss your friendship! Rest In Peace my brother…..I’m sure that God has welcomed you home to eternal peace and joy! ❤️❤️❤️