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William "Bill" James LaRoche

February 9, 1951 ~ August 21, 2019 (age 68)


William “Bill” James LaRoche

February 9, 1951 to August 21, 2019

Bill was born in Rensselaer, NY to Maxwell and Jane LaRoche. He was the oldest of 7 siblings and moved frequently in the US and overseas as an “Army Brat.”  In his youth he was an avid baseball pitcher and bowler. Bill graduated from Salina High School in Kansas and also attended Pima Community College in Tucson, where he lived for over 40 years.  He lived the Bohemian lifestyle and was at the formative age of 13 when the Beatles and Rolling Stones had their first albums, continuing to love 60’s music throughout his life. Bill was a poet and journaled throughout his adult years. He had a sense of humor with an inclination toward corny jokes. He was a cat-lover who cared for many strays from the washes of Tucson.

Moon eyes,

white glow

                happy nite

the wind blows

during the monsoon


and it’s OK to pass

thru the tunnel

after death

to see God


Bill is preceded in death by his mother and father with whom he has been laid to rest at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery. He is survived by his 3 brothers and 3 sisters along with his 11 nieces and nephews.  

Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to COPE Community Services in Tucson by calling 520-792-3293.

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