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Daniel F. (Bud) Roche, Roche Bros. co-founder, dies at 85

Daniel F. (Bud) Roche, retired co-founder and chairman of the board of Roche Bros. and Sudbury Farms Supermarkets, as well as founder of Hans Kissle Salad Co., died Sept. 4. Mr. Roche, a veteran sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp., was 85 at the time of his death.

Rick and Ed Roche, Mr. Roche's nephews and the current owners of Roche Bros., announced his death to employees in a statement: “With deep sadness, we regret to personally inform you of the passing of our dear uncle, Bud Roche. His loss is immeasurable to our family and our company.

“Always an inspiration and strong believer in the Golden Rule, Buddy drew his strength from his beloved wife, Eileen, his loving family and all of you, his Roche Bros. family.

“Today, as we remember him with the fondest of memories, we know he would be truly rewarded by our sharing his beliefs in striving for the best in our daily lives.

“Thank you all for being part of Buddy’s life. We trust that your memories of him will serve as a lasting inspiration for charity, respect and responsibility.”

Roche Bros. currently operates 18 supermarkets and has more than 4,600 employees.

A mass was held today at St. Joseph Church in Needham, MA. Donations in his name can be made to Sacred Heart School, 1035 Canterbury Street, Roslindale MA 02131.