|John Patrick Roache|
|Birth:||30 March 1905|
|Death:||4 April 2011|
Foxton, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
|Age:||106 years, 5 days|
Roache was born in Ireland on 30 March 1905 to Paul and Mary (Somers) Roache. His father lived to the age of 94; his mother 97. He had eight siblings: Lizzie, Peter, Bridget, Philip, Edward, Kathleen, Ellen and Mary. Roache and his sister Ellen moved to Australia in 1928 and worked as a farmer and a gold panner.
Roache moved to New Zealand in 1938. On his first night there, he met Dorothy Brown; they later married. Jack and Dorothy Roache had six children. Dorothy died in 1990.
Roache was still mowing his lawn on a rideable mower at the age of 101. For the last 45 days of his life, following the death of 107-year old Dudley Sainsbury, Roache was the oldest living man in New Zealand. Stephen Todd succeeded him.
- John Patrick Roache, in his 107th year RootsWeb, 26 May 2011
|New Zealand's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Thomas Salmon • Unknown • Arthur Bates • William Swensson • Charles Campbell • William Buttler Hayes • Ted Lucas • Lawrence Morris Blyth • Bright Williams • Cecil Hamilton • Ernest Ryland • Trevor Henry • Harold Clark • Dudley Sainsbury • John Patrick Roache • Stephen Todd • Harry Duncan Andrews • Ian Chirnside • Bob Edwards • Howard Buss • Ronald Hermanns