Never Forgotten.. Forever Loved

Francis J "Frank" Roche.


Francis J. “Frank” Roche, 82, of Plainville, former Chief of Police, and devoted husband and father,
passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Born on December 11, 1931, he was one of six sons to the late Cyril and Anne (O’Reagan) Roche.
Raised in Bristol, he attended St. Joseph School, and as a teenager, enlisted in the U.S. Army.
He proudly served his country for four years during the Korean War,
earning his high school diploma upon being discharged in 1952.

Following his time in the service, he became a professional boxer with an impressive record,
competing at the Bristol Arena, and earning the Boxer of the Year title.

Frank married the love of his life, Mary (Casorio) in 1955, settling in Plainville where they raised their three children.

He began his career at the Plainville Police Department shortly after, serving his community for 37 years.
He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1974, was promoted to Chief in 1975,
and was a well liked and respected community leader for 20 years, retiring in 1995.
Frank served on the Executive committee for the Police Chiefs Association,
and was former President of the P.A.C., among many other civic organizations both local and statewide.

An outdoors enthusiast, he enjoyed jogging, playing golf, going fishing, and very much looked forward
to his annual hunting trip to Maine with the “Wide Load Association”,
and his daily games of cards with his close circle of friends.

He leaves a lasting impact on the many lives he touched, and will forever be remembered and missed.

In addition to his wife, Mary, he leaves his children, Donald and his wife, Karen of Haddam,
Francis, Jr of Plainville and Lisa Membrino of Bristol; his brothers, George, Kenny, Warren, and Martin,
along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his brother, Gene.

Funeral services in celebration of Frank’s life will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. from Bailey Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Church. Committal services with Military Honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Family and friends may gather on Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Frank may be remembered with contributions to St. Joseph School, 335 Center St., Bristol, CT 06010.

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