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Daniel F. "Bud" Roche
  • In lieu of flowers donations in Buddy's name may be made to:
  • Sacred Heart School
    1035 Canterbury Street
    Roslindale, MA 02131

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“Gone but not forgotten ”
1 of 32 | Posted by: gordon reed - bridgewater, MA

“I remember going into the roche brothers supermarket when we were younger with my mom Kathleen hanlon moran until I was a little bit older did I...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: patricia moran wagner - omaha, NE

“To all of Buddy's family We are so sorry for your loss Buddy was a very special person I know he will be missed by many people. ”
3 of 32 | Posted by: Paul and Doralee Holman - Naples, FL

“We were very sorry to hear of Buddy's recent death. May he rest in peace. We have very happy memories of the visits paid by all the Roche brothers to...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Mairead Healy

“I met Mr. Roche on a flight from Ft.Myers to Boston about 14 years ago. I was traveling with my very active 10-month old son, on my lap, in the...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Roche family, I extend to you my deepest sympathies. Bud will be missed dearly. He was such a good person.Lawrence R Cummings Jr ”
6 of 32 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Eileen, Father Jack ,Danny, Jay and Brenda I am so sorry to hear about Buddy's passing. I will always remember the good times we used to...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Debbie (Roche) Simard daughter of Phyllis and John Roche - MA

“Bud Roche was a most loving and caring man. How very much I enjoyed working alongside him in his first store on the corner of Great Plain Avenue and...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Robert Toran - Needham, MA

“When Buddy opened the first Roche Brothers store in Needham, on Great Plain Avenue, I remember how he always looked up and waved as I came in the...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Dorothy Patti - Needham, MA

“With deepest sympathies and fond memories for a great neighbor and family friend. Betty, Dennis, Lisa and Scott Perry, formerly of Windsor Road ”
10 of 32 | Posted by: Scott B. Perry - Baltimore, MD

“Dear Eileen & Family, So many wonderful times together over the years. The openings of your stores, the parties at your home, your wedding and 50th...Read More »
11 of 32 | Posted by: Elaine Lally - Braintree, MA

“So sorry for your loss. Love to Brenda and Family. ”
12 of 32 | Posted by: DannaSue Pruett & Max Jones - OK

“We at the Charles River Center in Needham offer our sincere condolences to the members of Bud's family. Bud was a generous supporter of our...Read More »
13 of 32 | Posted by: John Grugan - Needham, MA

“Dear Eileen, Father Jack, and family, I was so sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. I cherish the copy of his book that he sent to me several years ago...Read More »
14 of 32 | Posted by: Terese O'Connor Tierney - Norwood, MA

“Dear Roche Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Bud as Pat were pioneers in customer service and employee generosity. From Marco Island to Needham...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Margo Arsenault-Newcomb - MA

“Dear Roche Family, All of us at Nativity Prep will be praying for you and for Bud during this difficult time. You have all been so generous to the...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Fr. John Wronski,SJ - Nativity Preparatory School - MA

“Dear Roche family, so sorry for your loss. Bud was a wonderful, caring and generous person. His legacy will continue through his family. I am...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Margo Arsenault-Newcomb - MA

“Dear Eileen and family, Our deepest sympathy to all. With Love and prayers, Elves and Elmo ”
18 of 32 | Posted by: elves and elmo Orciani - millis, MA

“Dear Eileen and family all, Tony and I were saddened to hear that Buddy passed away. We know that things are never the same, but prayer and fond...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Marylou and Tony Manzon - MA

“Dear Eileen and family, Our deepest sympathy to all. With Love and prayers, Elves and Elmo ”
20 of 32 | Posted by: elves and elmo Oqerciani - millis, MA

“DEAR Eileen, Danny, Jay, Brenda and Father Jack, All of the Marsh family have such fond memories of our days with the Roches as neighbors and with...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: MO MARSH - Wolfeboro, NH

“A great man who will be missed by so many. Memories live on My thoughts are with all the family ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Gordon Reed - Bridgewater, MA

“Dear Eileen and family, My condolences to you all, I was saddened to hear of Buddy's passing. I will always treasure the fond memories of working...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Lorretta Salvato - Westwood, MA

“It is quite amazing to think of how many people got their start due to Mr. Roche's example and generosity. What a dear and solid guy not to mention...Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Thomas M Mullin - Brookline, MA

25 of 32 | Posted by: DAVID S MURPHY JR - lynn, MA

“My deepest sympathies to the Roche family on Buddy's passing. He was a wonderful man with a great smile, a hearty laugh, that made you feel special...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Bianka Nebel

“My condolences to the Roche family. I always enjoyed talking to Buddy when he came into Needham Roche Shopping, he was a great man!!! Lisa...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Lisa Caparella - MA

““It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter, and although it may seem hard right now, it will...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Joe and Gaye Dunne Dublin Ireland

“Brenda and Family, I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad.May he rest in peace. ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: Lisa Ennis - Needham, MA

“I grew up in Roslindale shopping at Roche Brothers. It was the only supermarket I was allowed to go to by myself when I was a kid. I could walk there...Read More »
30 of 32 | Posted by: Margaret-Anne McClintock - MA

“Tremendous life, peace be with you. Brian Donovan (son of Jack & Joan Donovan, Rochester NY and Marco Island, FL ”
31 of 32 | Posted by: Brian Donovan - Hingham, MA

“A toast to our cherished friend Buddy. Now at peace and forever remembered in our hearts! ”
32 of 32 | Posted by: Barbara Casey - Naples, FL

Daniel F. "Bud" Roche, of Marco Island FL and Needham, the retired co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Roche Brothers and Sudbury Farms Supermarkets and the founder of the Hans Kissle Salad Company died on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. He was 85 years old. Bud was a graduate of Boston English High School and a veteran Sergeant of the US Marine Corp. An avid golfer, Bud was a member of Charles River Country Club of Newton and the Island Country Club in Marco Island.

"And then there's Buddy…" That's how Buddy Roche was introduced when he was inducted into the Food Industry Hall of Fame in 1992. He was being honored for the company he and his brother Pat had founded 40 years earlier. Roche Bros., along with it's sister company Sudbury Farm's, had become one of the premier supermarket companies in New England with 16 stores, close to 4,000 associates, serving 300,000 customers a week. It had grown from a meat market with just the two brothers into the 7th largest food chain in New England.
Every one in the room that night knew Buddy, if not personally, at least by reputation. He was one of the originals in the New England food business. When he and Pat had opened their first meat market in Roslindale, future industry innovator Steve Mugar was running Star Market and the father of the New England food business, Sydney Rabb, had just changed the name of his stores from Economy Grocery Stores to Stop & Shop.
Buddy was there at the beginning. After the dinner just about everyone came up to offer congratulations for the honor he had just received. It was a grand night but he could see the industry changing again. Most of the family businesses were gone or sold to the big chains. Of course, there was as much opportunity as there ever was but that was for a new generation to figure out. As he sat there smiling and shaking hands he couldn't believe how far he'd come from that "nervous as hell!" day when he was 24 and opening that first store with his 23 year old brother. He remembered it like it was yesterday; it was in the fall - October 16th.
The year was 1952, only a few years after The War had ended. Buddy had been home after serving as a marine sergeant in China. He had used the GI Bill to go to meat cutting school and had found a job as a meat cutter for First National Supermarkets. Pat had recently graduated from Boston College and begun work with the Swift Meat Packing Company. Buddy sometimes gets what he calls "jiggy" which loosely translated means unsatisfied – he wanted more. He had recently left First National and started working as a salesman for the Durkee Spice Company. One day Buddy noticed the Singer Sewing store in Roslindale square was moving to a new location and he started thinking about the kind of meat market he would put there. He started talking with his "greatest listener", his mother, about it. He knew that having Pat as his partner would make a big difference; Pat could make it work – smart, organized, responsible. But still funding was a problem.
It was his mother (Ma) that made the dream come true. Who else could it be – his true hero, his greatest friend. Elsie is what he refers to, if asked, as his second mother. His first mother, Cis (Collins) had died when he was 10, leaving his dad P.J. to raise him and his three brothers; Jimmy 11, Pat 9 and Jack 6. As with any child who loses his mother at a young age, he remembers it as the hardest time of his life. P.J., who had come from County Cork Ireland, was a crane operator working in the Boston Railroad yards. He wasn't sure what he was going to do, it was 1938 in the midst of the Great Depression and he didn't know if he could keep the four boys together. A couple of years later, when PJ met Elsie Nagel, there were more than a few prayers in that household that were answered. Buddy has said, "She was my best friend and most steadfast supporter, she was a true blessing".
Around the kitchen table one night it was Elsie who told Buddy and Pat that PJ and her had decided to put a second mortgage on the family's triple-decker home at 153 Rowe Street in Roslindale to give the boys seed money to start Roche Bros. This was no easy decision for an immigrant family, whose home was their only security. Buddy is still convinced that it was Elsie who "motivated" P.J. to do it.
October 16, 1952… Buddy remembers every inch of that 445 square foot store at 50 Corinth Street. He also remembers there were four other stores in the square vying for the same customers. But the boys had "schmaltz", a combination of smarts, personality and standards. They had spent the previous few days walking the neighborhoods stuffing 2000 invitations into mailboxes. The first customer that came to the door that morning (twenty minuets before they were supposed to open) was Dan Hourihan, who bought two pounds of hamburger and wished them well. The rest was a blur but by the end of the week they had $2,400 in the till and more importantly, some added confidence in themselves.
It was a busy little store. Everybody loved "the boys" and the boys loved them right back, everyone was familiar. It helped that Buddy kept a big list of names behind the meat counter. He knew if he called someone by name they would never go anywhere else. Buddy and Pat put in what they remember as 100-hour weeks, although they still found time for a social life. Pat had been dating Barbara Travers and Buddy had met Eileen Sullivan on a Cape Cod weekend. Eileen came from West Roxbury.
On June 16,