Vernon Melvin Roche
1927 - 2024
Vernon Melvin Roche
Visitation Information
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Visitation Time
Visitation Location
Ferguson Logan Montague Funeral Home
Service Information
Service Date
Wednesday April 17, 2024
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
All Saints Catholic Church, Cardigan
Burial Information
Burial Date
Apr 17, 2024
Burial Location
All Saints Parish Cemetery, Cardigan
Requested Charity
All Saints Cemetery or the Kings County Memorial Hospital
Print Obituary print this page

Honouring a life fully lived, we announce the passing of Vernon Melvin Roche, age 96; a devoted husband, cherished and loving father and grandfather. Vernon left this world to join his beautiful wife, Clara (MacLellan) Friday, April 12, 2024, at the Kings County Memorial Hospital, surrounded by the family who loved him dearly. Born November 16, 1927 and raised on the Seven Mile Road, Vernon was the second child of six born to Kathleen (McGee) and Seymour Roche. Survived by children, Everett (Lisa), Albert (Lisa), Gordon (Carolyn), Hal (Cheryl) and Verna; sisters Gladys (Alfie) Gardener, Barbara Bailey (Russell deceased); sister-in-law Laura (Clarence deceased); 16 cherished grandchildren; 5 adored great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by son Paul, brothers Clarence and Everett, sisters Arletta and Lilian.

From a young age, Vernon displayed a strong work ethic and a deep love for his family and community. He worked in the lumber camps of Nova Scotia as a teenager, always mindful of his family’s well-being. In 1958, Vernon stood as the best man at his brother Clarence's wedding, where he was captivated by the maid of honor, Clara, who would soon become the love of his life. Vernon and Clara were married in 1959, beginning a beautiful journey together.

Vernon and Clara were blessed with six children, whom they raised with love and dedication. Their home on Seven Mile Road was always filled with laughter and warmth, despite the challenges they faced, including the loss of their youngest son, Paul, at a tender age. They had five wild boys, Everett, Albert, Gordie, Hal and Paul and a spirited daughter, Verna, making for a busy and rambunctious household.

They invested in the development of organized sports in the community and spent countless hours on the road driving to hockey and baseball games. Vernon’s half-ton truck had benches in the back to make room for any teammate who needed a drive. The value of team sport, individual effort and shared community pride were always present as they tirelessly supported the efforts of their children.

Vernon was a man of many talents. He had a small mixed farm, was a trucker, and as the manager of Henderson Lumber Company, was known for giving a fair and honest scale of loads of pulp. His love of forestry led him to the Department of Forestry, where he enjoyed working outside with planting and silver culture crews.

Vernon was a devout Catholic who lived by the teachings of God and found solace in his faith. He and Clara were faithful members of All Saints Parish. He was a lifelong fan of the Montreal Canadiens and enjoyed discussing games with his sister Barbara. No doubt he will be helping them out next year from above.

After Clara’s passing in 2013, Vernon lived independently, cherishing the memories they shared together. His kitchen wood stove was always warm, and he welcomed visitors, sharing stories over a cup of tea and homemade treats kindly provided by Laura in later years. Vernon was a kind soul and he had a great sense of humour. He had a way of bringing a smile to the face of anyone he met. He had a huge set of strong hands and a handshake with Vernon was an experience.

He loved his family dearly and he was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He led the family by example and showed us all what it meant to be a good person: work hard, be honest and always be kind to others.

Resting at Ferguson Logan Montague Funeral Home, with visiting on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 4 to 7 pm. Funeral mass to be celebrated on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 11:00 am, from All Saints Catholic Church, Cardigan. Interment to follow in the All Saints Parish Cemetery.

Donations to All Saints Cemetery or the Kings County Memorial Hospital would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Vernon Melvin Roche