Wade Allen Roche, 62, state trooper

August 19, 2006

Wade Allen Roche, a retired Maryland state trooper and former police chief, died of heart disease Aug. 12 at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge. He was 62.

Mr. Roche was born and raised in Cambridge, where he graduated from Cambridge High School in 1962.

He earned a business diploma from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del., and a certificate in criminal justice and a bachelor's degree from Kennedy-Western University

In 1967, he joined the state police and spent most of his career as a detective sergeant assigned to the Easton barracks.

From 1992 to until 2000, he was chief of police in St. Michaels. He then served six years with the Easton Police Department. He retired in June with the rank of lieutenant.

Mr. Roche also taught criminal justice at Chesapeake College and served on the college's criminal justice advisory committee.

Mr. Roche was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Cambridge, where services were held yesterday.

Surviving are his wife of five years, the former Nancy Knox; a daughter, Wini Roche of Havre de Grace; his mother, Jean Hurley Roche of Cambridge; a brother, Richard Roche of East New Market; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

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