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86; Johnstown, passed away August 26, 2017 at Conemaugh Hospital. Born February 13, 1931 in Johnstown, son of Thomas and Catherine "Kate" (Cowan) Roach. Preceded in death by parents; sister, Dolores Fockler, brother-in-law, Ernie Fockler, and niece Kathy Curley. Survived by loving wife, of 56 years, Barbara (Baldwin) Roach, Johnstown; daughter, Nancy married to Robert Gurdak, Cortland, OH; Joseph Roach and wife, Robin (Kibler), Johnstown; and Paul Roach and wife, Susan (Guerin), New Market, MD. Also survived by grandchildren, Andrew & Douglas Gurdak; Julie and Laura Roach and Michael & Katie Roach. Graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School, Class of 1950. Retired Payroll Department for Bethlehem Steel Corp and Johnstown America Corp. Donald was very active member and former Board of Director member of the Johnstown YMCA and past organizer of the Johnstown Marathon. A member of the Johnstown Sportsman Club where he looked forward to, and helped organize, the annual New Day Children's Fishing Derby. Former Organizer of the Point Stadium Award for over 15 years. Don was very active in fund raising for Bishop McCort High School and St. Andrews Parochial School. He also was on the Athletic Committee for both McCort and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese Schools. A member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. A parishioner of St. Andrew Catholic Church, where friends and family will be received Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. the Rev. Angelo J. Patti. Private committal. Arrangements by Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home Inc. Condolences may be sent at fgozogfuneralhome.com
Published on August 28, 2017
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