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Michael Roach

July 18, 2008

Michael Roach, 37, passed away suddenly July 18.

He was born in Pittsburgh and moved to Northeast Pennsylvania in 1985. He graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1988. Mike moved to Bradenton, Fla., with his wife and children in 1995, where he worked as a certified auto technician for Cox Chevrolet, then at Sunset Chevrolet for the past eight years.

Mike and his son, Michael Jr., were avid ball players and dirt-bike riders. They spent a great deal of time enjoying these activities with Gary Paquette and his son, Ryan, along with other longtime friends.

Surviving are his wife of 13 years, Karen (Murphy); children, Keenan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rachel and Michael Jr., at home; mother and father, Jan and Chuck Roach, of Sebring Fla.; brother and wife, Eric and Shawna Roach, of Canal Fulton, Ohio; mother-in-law, A. Ginger Murphy; several aunts, an uncle, nieces and many great friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Roach Children Education Fund, 1215 21st St., West Bradenton, FL 34205.

Services will be held Thursday, July 24 at Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26 St., West Bradenton, Fla., at 7 p.m.

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