SACO - Daniel Joseph "Danny" DeRoch Jr., 88, of Oakland, passed away peacefully at his home in Saco on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2014. He was born in Waterville on July 27. 1925, the son of Daniel and Isabelle (Toulouse) DeRoch.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mona DeAngelo DeRoch, of Reading, Mass.
Dan attended Waterville schools and was a member of the class of 1942. Soon after graduation, Dan enlisted in the Navy. They were called the "Victory Platoon" and were led by John Reed, who later became our governor. Dan served aboard the USS Bryant (DD665).
In 1946, the war ended and Dan started working for Proctor & Bowie, and later became a traveling salesman for Sears & Roebuck Co. In 1970, Dan founded The Winslow Plumbing & Heating Supply Inc., which later became known as Winslow Supply Inc.
Dan's hobbies and interests included cribbage, hunting and fishing, music and dancing. Dan had the gift of gab and would spend many hours selling customers what they needed or didn't need.
In later years, Dan, along with four other World War II veterans, had a vision to build a memorial park dedicated to all Maine veterans. This later became known as the Central Maine Veterans Memorial Park on the Roderick Road in Winslow. Dan was a life member of Waterville's Bourque-Lanigan Post 5 American Legion, as well as Winslow's MacCrillis-Rousseau Veterans of Foreign War Post 8835.
Dan is survived by his daughters, Karen DeRoch Loftus, and husband Robert, of Winslow, Cynthia DeRoch McCarthy and husband Laurence, of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Patricia DeRoch Libby and husband Steven, of Waterville. Dan is survived by his grandchildren, Trevor J. Loftus, Traci A. Bartley–Loftus, Ryan N. McCarthy, Patrick K. McCarthy, Nathan T. Libby and Benjamin T. Libby; as well as his great-grandchildren, Riley and Talon Loftus.
Dan is also survived by his stepchildren, Lisa Carroll, Brenda DeAngelo, Robbin Favaloro, Lauren O'Donoghue, Leonard, Gary, Thomas and Alan DeAngelo, and their families. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dan was predeceased by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Herbert Aldrich; Glenys DeRoch, the mother of his children; and stepson Freddie DeAngelo.
Memorial donations may be made in Dan's memory to The Central Maine Veterans Memorial Park, 567 Benton Ave., Winslow, ME 04901.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.