Monday 24 June 2019

'True gentleman' Kevin was very familiar face in Rosslare Harbour

The late Kevin Roche.
The late Kevin Roche.

It was with great sadness that the Rosslare community said farewell to 'true gentleman' Kevin Roche, who passed away aged 90 following a short illness.

A Rosslare native, he lived a very healthy and fulfilled life until he left us on February 20 2016.

The youngest of six children, Kevin came from a family that was steeped in GAA tradition. From his early days and right up until the end, he lived for the game, an interest spurred on by his father, who was an ex-player, and his two brothers who both served as county secretaries. Kevin followed in their footsteps by playing for his local club St Marys until he was in his forties. Once he hung up his boots, he became very involved in the administrative and training aspects of the club. Kevin's house was inaccessible on a Sunday; nobody was allowed to disturb him while he was watching the matches.

Kevin was a familiar face in Rosslare Harbour, largely due to his time spent as a barman in the Railway Social Club. Anyone who went in for a drink enjoyed having a chat with him, and he was always there to offer a word of advice and a pleasant smile. Kevin didn't only serve as a barman; he was also a counsellor, an accountant, a banker and most of all, a friend, for the many people who walked through the club doors to be greeted by the man.

While in his forties, Kevin met Limerick-born Breda who had recently relocated to Rosslare to work. The pair fell in love, got married and spent many happy years together. Breda was the love of Kevin's life and he loved her dearly until she sadly passed away from cancer five years ago.

Kevin was President of the Rosslare Harbour/ Kilrane Environmental Group right up until his final day. Known locally as Mr Rosslare Harbour, he loved the village with a passion and the village loved him. He took great pride in being the club's president and spent much of his free time helping to make Rosslare a pleasant place to live. Kevin also enjoyed tending to the environment around his own home by planting flowers in his colourful front garden. Passers-by would always stop to chat to him while he was gardening, come rain or shine.

If Kevin was to be summed up in one word it would be 'gentleman'. The kind-hearted man served as a friend to everyone who knew him and will be sorely missed in the Rosslare Harbour community and beyond.

Kevin will be sadly missed by his nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, brother-in-law, relatives and friends. His removal will take place today (Tuesday) at 11.30 a.m. from his residence to St. Patrick's Church Rosslare Harbour for funeral Mass at 12 p.m. This will be followed by burial in St. Aidan's Cemetery Kilrane. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu if desired to Rosslare Harbour/ Kilrane Environment Group.

May he rest in peace.

Wexford People