470 Massachusetts Avenue, Acton MA 01720


Raymond L. LaRoche

Raymond L. LaRoche Jr.

Saturday, May 1st, 2021
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Raymond L. LaRoche Jr., a longtime resident of Townsend, MA, and a retired Acton Police Officer, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. He was 62 years of age and the beloved Husband of Carolyn A. (Cosenze) LaRoche.

Ray was born in Newton, MA; son of Raymond L. and Corinne J. (Mollomo) LaRoche. Raised in Acton, MA, he graduated from Acton-Boxborough High School with the class of 1976. He then attended night courses at Northeastern University with his best friend, John Roche, where he studied criminal justice. He went on to the Police Academy in 1980 and served the town of Acton for 21 years. The job suited Ray perfectly; he loved helping people and working with the public.

Ray loved being outdoors with his family and friends. He truly enjoyed it all, especially climbing the Tuckerman Ravine trail and spending time at Lake Winnipesaukee with his longtime friends, Robin and John Roche. Another favorite destination of Ray's was Ogunquit, Maine, where he loved to ride the waves with his children and grandchildren. Additionally, he enjoyed skiing, playing the drums, watching sports, and especially liked watching the Green Bay Packers.

Ray's family was his life. He was a loving husband and passionate father; He never missed any of his children's or grandchildren's games or practices. In addition to the adventures outdoors, Ray and his family enjoyed going out to dinner, especially in the North End. He truly lived in the moment. He often said, "Thank you, God, for a beautiful day." His family, friends, and colleagues will all miss him dearly.

Ray is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carolyn. His three children, Michael LaRoche and his wife Lauren of Princeton, MA, Lauren LaRoche, and her puppy Nala Grace of Townsend, MA, and Michelle Toomey and her husband Steve of Lunenburg, MA. Ray was the loving grandfather of Collin (Grandpa and Collin 4 ever - Best Buddies), Brooklyn, Jackson, and Scarlett. He also leaves his mother, Corinne J. LaRoche, and many extended family and friends. Sadly, he was predeceased by his father Raymond L. LaRoche Sr. and his brother Stephen P. LaRoche.

Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Friday, May 7th, 2021, from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, in the Acton Funeral Home - 470 Massachusetts Avenue (Route 111) Acton, MA. Masks are required, and social distancing guidelines are mandatory. Funeral services will be private. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to - The All Clear Foundation, supporting first responders at https://allclearfoundation.org/.

The LaRoche Family wants to express their deepest gratitude to all for their outpouring of love and support.

Memorial Page: www.actonfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, May 7th, 2021 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Acton Funeral Home
    470 Massachusetts Avenue
    ACTON, MA 01720
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    According to current state regulations, masks are required and social distancing will be observed.
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    Services are private.
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Lauren LaRoche

Posted at 06:28pm
"Your dad was the kindest man, you might not know this but your dad brought our family back together 5 years ago. He’s the reason I was able to sit with my grandmother when she took her last breath a few months ago. I am forever grateful to him. Sending you all lots and lots of love ❀️"

The MacLeod Family

Posted at 09:31pm
It is with profound sadness that we learned of Ray’s passing. My Dad (retired APD Sergeant) had so many great times & laughs working w/Ray over the years .. please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Moe, Janet, Sharon & Susan MacLeod

Kelly Ramos

Posted at 06:45pm
Dear Ray and Family.

We want to thank you for all of the support you've been to us from quite literally the moment we moved in the neighborhood. You and your family's friendship as been such a blessing to us. We will miss our talks tremendously. May you rest in peace simply because, as God knows, you deserve it!

Love and Peace to the Entire LaRoche Family,

The Ramos'

Linda Feddersen Posted at 08:21pm

Ray was the best neighbor anyone could ever ask for. He looked out for my Uncle who had Alzheimer's disease. One night my Uncle ventured out during a snowstorm and headed over to Ray's house and tried to use his own keys to open Ray's car. It was white from the snow. My uncle used to drive a white car. Ray said "Hey Joe, where are you going? He said "home to Lawrence before the storm gets bad". Ray kindly walked him across the street and in a warm, calming voice said, "This is your home." This was Ray! Always caring about others, giving, kind heart.πŸ’ž Everyone loved him. On this past Easter morning, he walked over and told my Aunt she looked beautiful! This made her day! She absolutely loved Ray!πŸ’žπŸ’ž When my aunt broke her hip, he told us, "We are here for you. Anything you need, please let us know." This is who he was. Kind words, offering hands, warm smile 😊. This was Ray. He loved to talk to all his neighbors. I'm going to miss our talks we've had. We will miss him terribly but we promise to carry on his legacy and that is through our acts of kindness, caring and generosity. Carolyn, Michelle, Lauren, Mike and extended family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are with all of you.πŸ’žπŸ™πŸ’žπŸ™

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