Thursday, June 24, 2021


Michael John Roche


Michael John Roche, 67, of West Haven passed away on April 26 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. He was born Dec. 28, 1953, in New Haven to Shirley (Wilde) Roche and the late William Roche, Jr.

Michael is survived by his seven siblings, William F. Roche III of Clinton, James P. Roche (Phyllis) of Melbourne, Florida, Karen Pompano (Anthony) of East Haven, Paul Roche (Cathe) of Pembroke, New Hampshire, Christopher Roche (Lisa) of Amherst, New Hampshire, Kevin Roche (Nancy) of Clinton, and Kimberly Roche of Bethany, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael moved in 1984 into the West Haven Community House, which he was able to call home for the next 37 years. Michael often enjoyed attending Social Club, West Haven Adult Education courses, and day trips to the casinos and restaurants. He loved to travel and some of his most enjoyable trips were to South Carolina, Florida, Maine, and a Canadian cruise.

Michael worked at the TEC Center of the West Haven Community House, where he completed janitorial and maintenance work from 1984 until his retirement in 2015. Michael enjoyed his later years by attending the Community Connections SMILE’s Program, where he was able to take part in day trips and activities with his peers.

Michael touched so many lives over the years. He was truly a ladies man, from showing off his fancy dance moves to flashing you that great big smile. He always had a way to attract the ladies that made him stand out.

Family wants the many staff at the West Haven Community House, in both Residential and Day programs, to know how much we appreciate them. We would also like to thank Connecticut Hospice in Branford, which provided wonderful care and comfort.

Family will receive mask-wearing friends Thursday, April 29 at the Clancy-Palumbo Funeral Home (Clancy Funeral Home), 43 Kirkham Avenue, East Haven from 9 until 10:40 a.m., at which time his funeral procession will leave for an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 80 Taylor Avenue, East Haven with committal to follow at East Lawn Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to West Haven Community House Endowment Fund in memory of Michael Roche, 227 Elm Street, West Haven, CT 06516. West Haven Community House has set up a specific segment for Community Connections Programs that would be able to have Michael listed specifically if desired.

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