Thomas C. Roach, 85, long time resident of the South Bay, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at his Riviera home surrounded by his family. Born in Indio, California on March 20, 1925, he attended St. Clemens Elementary and St. Monica High School where he played football and baseball. Tom grew up on the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica where he loved surfing and playing volleyball. He served 3 years in the Navy in WWII, teaching swimming and sea survival to recruits at the S.D. Naval Training Center and graduating from Notre Dame Midshipman School. During the war he attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where he played football, and met and married the Homecoming Queen, Doris Sommer. Moving back to California they bought their first house in the Westchester area of L.A. before settling into the Riviera section of Redondo Beach in the late 50's. Tom and Doris raised 10 children, sending them all through St Lawrence Martyr Elementary and Bishop Montgomery High School. Tom was very active in the St. Lawrence Church, where he served as usher and Board member for 55 years. Always the sports enthusiast, Tom co-founded the Palos Verdes Pop Warner football program, serving as President and Coach for over 10 years. He was the "Voice of the Knights" for twenty years, announcing Bishop Montgomery football and basketball games and served as President of the Parents and Booster clubs at Bishop. A 35 year member of the South Bay Athletic Club, Tom loved their weekly luncheons and the friends he had there. Tom also served on many boards and committees that helped to shape the South Bay area. Tom worked as a sales executive for 3M Company for 30 years, selling abrasives, tapes and adhesives throughout the Los Angeles area and racking up well over a million miles on the freeways of L.A. After retiring in 1982 Tom and Doris spent the next 20 years traveling the world. Tom is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris, his daughters Katie, Marion and Patty; his sons Tom, Jim, Charlie, Steve, Kevin, and Tim; his sister Rita Hutter of Santa Monica; his seven sons/daughters-in-Iaw; his 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his youngest son, Bob. Funeral services are scheduled for St. Lawrence Martyr Church, 1900 S. Prospect Ave., Redondo Beach, on Friday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Viewing and a Rosary are scheduled for Thursday, September 16 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at McCormick Mortuary, 1998 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach. Burial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Providence Trinity Care Hospice or the Bob Roach Memorial Scholarship fund, Bishop Montgomery High School.

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  1. Dear Family, When I read of Tom’s passing, I thought of all the good times my family spent at Bishop Montgomery. My oldest son Anthony attended Bishop with members of your family. I hope you will remember all the good times we had together Doris as one big family and the fun parties with Frank and Dell McCormick. God has been good to us all. Blessings to your family. Mary Boyd formerly Saldana

  2. Dear Kevin and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. Kev – I wish I was there to give you a big old bear hug. Stay strong and cherish all the fond memories you have of your father. With love & sympathy, Melanie / Rock-It NY

  3. Very moved by the passing of a true Patriarch of our South Bay community. My memory- “He was the voice of football” at my high school, Bishop Montgomery… My prayers go out to his wife, and family, and of course my school mate of 12 years, Steve. God Bless you all and remember, he is saving you a seat next to him.

  4. To my friend Steve and the entire Roach family; I send my sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Roach. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I am sure I share the sentiment of so many of your friends who had the utmost respect for Tom. He was a terrific man that contributed so much to better the community. May God Bless you all. sincerely, don held

  5. Kelly, Patty & Nader are very special to us. We feel their loss and remember all the wonderful stories they told us over the years about Kelly’s grandfather. Our Condolences to the entire Roach Family.

  6. dear mrs. roach, john mellis here, bishop class of 1980. maybe you remember me, i had you as a teacher at bishop. im sorry to hear of the passing of mr. roach. my favorite memory of him was announcing our football games at bishop my jr and sr year. he would get me fired-up when he would say ‘mellis over the ball, miller calling signals.’ as a center i appreciated that he would always announce my name. he was kind to do that. in my greek culture we have a saying when someone passes; ‘may his memory be eternal!’ god bless.

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