Dennis P. Roche Sr., 52, wholesale liquor salesman

October 27, 2002

Dennis P. Roche Sr., a retired wholesale liquor salesman, died of Von-Hippel Lindau disease Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care.

He was 52 and lived in Towson.

Mr. Roche had waged a long battle against the disease, a hereditary disorder that causes abnormal growth of blood vessels and tumors on the eyes, kidneys, brain, spinal cord and other organs.

"He was treated by doctors at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, who hoped to learn something from this rare form of cancer," said his former wife, Kelly B. Brewer, of Lutherville.

Mr. Roche was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington and Towson.

He was a 1968 graduate of Towson High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore in 1975.

He began working in liquor sales for McCarthy-Hicks and later worked for Quality Brands.

In 1986, he joined Churchill Distributors, from which he retired on a medical disability in 1999.

"He was a dear friend and my buddy," said a sister, Lynne Hart of Lutherville. "Through the years of battling his illness, he always kept his chin up."

Mr. Roche enjoyed golfing, classic antique cars and sports.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to his ex-wife, Mr. Roche is survived by his two sons, D. Philip Roche Jr. and Mitchell W. Roche, both of Lutherville; a brother, W. Ronald Roche Jr. of Baltimore; and another sister, Aline Brady of Timonium.

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