John Vincent "Pud" Roach
(90) passed away peacefully Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the QEII Hospital.
Born in Charlottetown, January 25, 1922, he was the son of the late Captain James Owen Roach and Bridget Murnaghan.
Pud grew up in Charlotteown and attended Queen Square School, St. Dunstan's and Prince of Wales College. As a young man, he was a keen hockey player and won the Maritime Junior Hockey Championships with the Charlottetown Royals and the 1942 Halifax Canadiens. In 1962, he coached the Halifax Kingfishers in their epic series with the Ottawa Montagnards. He also played Scotian Reserve hockey.
Pud joined the Navy in Halifax and later worked at the Fleet Post Office, EMI Cossar's and the Halifax Housing Authority. He was a veteran of the Second World War and he was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
He enjoyed his cottage at Shad Bay and Rocky Point, P.E.I.; P.E.I.'s Annual Old Home Week horse races and winters in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Pud was predeceased by his parents, young brother, Michael, and brother Jim, who was killed in action in 1943.
He is survived by his wife, Erma (Andrew) of 72 years; his son, John (Brenda); and his daughter, Anna St. Clair; grandchildren Donnie (Kelly) St. Clair, Suzzette St. Clair, Jason Roach all of Halifax, and Susan (John) Rowe of Charlottetown; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. There will be visitation at the Cutcliffe Funeral Home, 35 Longworth Avenue, Charlottetown, on Saturday, September 15, from 1-3 p.m., followed by interment at the Roman Catholic Cemetery, St. Peter's Road, Charlottetown.
Family flowers only.
Online condolences may be made at www.islandowned.ca.