Date of Passing:
Alan Roach, 49, of Barrington, RI passed away after an 8-year battle with Multiple Myeloma on May 18, 2019. He was the husband of Cynthia (Reynolds) Roach with whom he celebrated 25 years of marriage in April. He was the proud father of Melissa and Nicholas Roach, both of Barrington.
He was born in Winchester, MA on June 2, 1969, and was the loving son of Monica Roach of Dracut, MA and James Roach of Seabrook, NH.
Alan was raised in Chelmsford, MA where he graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1987. In 1991, Alan graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he became a true Philadelphia Eagles fan. In 1992, he began a 23-year career with Hasbro Games and started his family in Wilbraham, MA, before moving to Barrington, RI in 2010. While at Hasbro Alan made many friendships that he cherished throughout his life. In 2015 he took his many years of industry expertise with him and joined a long time friend and mentor at Grand Prix International.
Alan was a game and toy designer who’s creativity and love for fun brought so much joy to the world. Even in sickness, Alan never lost his sense of humor and desire to make every day fun. He loved to spend time surrounded by family and friends, playing games, drawing and cheering on his beloved Eagles. His greatest joy came from his family, whether it was watching his son play football, hearing stories about his daughter’s college adventures and travels, or just being near his wife. Alan was happy. To him, family was everything.
In addition to his loving wife, children and parents, Alan leaves his brothers David Roach of Hollis, NH, Eric Roach of Seabrook, NH and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Karen and Sean Coughlin of Ridgefield, CT, his Mother-in-Law Sarah Reynolds Crissey of Westford, MA. He is also survived by 4 nieces and nephews, Ben Roach, Michaela, Lauren and Jack Coughlin. He also leaves his best friend Lucy, the family dog.
A Celebration of his Life will be held on Thursday May 23, 2019 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 10:30 a.m. Calling hours are Wednesday 4-8 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Alan’s memory to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 414238, Boston, MA 02241-4238 would be deeply appreciated
Alan was such an inspiration and a joy to work with. He made work fun, like when he started an intraoffice “war” between engineering and design at Hasbro. He set me up for a beautiful life when he hired me, thanks to which I met my husband and we have a wonderful daughter who fills my life with light. Thank you, Alan. You will be missed.
Sincere sympathy to Alan’s family who he loved so dearly. He was such a kind, respectful, fair and fun co-worker. May he rest in peace.
I’m so sorry for your families loss, I have known Sarah for almost 30 years and felt like I knew Alan, although we never met. My thoughts are with you.
I am a friend of your mom Sarah who just told me the sad news. I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dear husband Alan.
It has been such a long and difficult road for you all, and there are no words to convey to you and to your children my heartfelt sympathy. May the good Lord be with you all and give you strength in the days and weeks ahead.
Alan was the most remarkable man I have known. Always smiling, talking gently. I have engrained in my mind his infamous signature !! Alan was so cool.
You are an amazing women, and you have been through so much with strength I can not fathom. I believe God has walked this path with you, Nick & Melissa and he will lead you through the days to come.
You are in my prayers…Sue
Alan Roach is a wonderful man and a dear friend for many years. Anyone of us could hope to live, love, and work as he did – with passion and respect for what he saw as right, with his family first, and his friends always laughing with him.
Alan is gone – but Alan IS all those things because that is how we hold his memory.
Cynthia, Melissa and Nicholas; we are holding you in our hearts at this difficult time.
Our condolences to Alan’s family for his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Our prayers and thoughts to you and the kids. We will always remember Alan’s smile.
Over the years Alan and I would get to see each other sparingly with many months in between. He always made it feel like not even a day had gone by. Such a fun, wonderful, and inspiring friend. My deepest sympathies to the family.
Alan and Cynthia made our few years in Wilbraham so much fun. We will miss Alan dearly, he was one of the kindest people we’ve had the pleasure to know. Our love and well wishes to you, Cynthia and the kids.
Dear Mrs. Roach and family,
Mr. Roach and I only met one time but that one time has left a special memory burned in my heart. So deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Roach. Thinking of you through this sad and difficult time. My deepest sympathy to all all of you.
Celia Raymond, RN at Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice.
So sorry to hear of your families loss. Alan was such an amazing person, he will be missed dearly.
May all your fond memories shared over the years bring warmth & comfort to your hearts. May you find comfort in the loving promise of seeing Alan again in perfect health during a time when sickness and death will be long forgotten. It will be just as Jesus said at John 11:25-I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life. Psalm 37:11,29 says the meek will possess the earth, and will find exquìsite delight in abundance of peace. Notice the conditions at Revelation 21:4-He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. May these wonderful promises give you hope for the future.
I will always have fond memories of Alan. His impeccable integrity, quick smile and positive attitude was cherished by us all. Everyone who worked with Alan, will miss him.
Alan was a happy man. His strong love of family and life inspired me. His quick smile and sense of humor will be sorely missed, but his inspiration will continue through all whom were blessed to have known him.
I will miss you cousin ❤.
We will keep fighting the fight, looking for cures and sending funds on your behalf to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
https://walkrun.themmrf.org/Donate (hints: select ‘donate to a team’ = Alan’s Army)
I am so grateful to have known such a wonderful human being. He made a positive impact on so many people’s lives with his kindness, heart, joy, and passion. Alan was my first boss when I started my career at Hasbro. He inspired me to think big always have fun and was the best mentor a young person could ever have, at work and in life. My heart goes out to his whole family in this very difficult time.
I had the opportunity to work with Alan for several years at Hasbro – I’ve never met anyone going through something so personal and difficult that persevered quite like Alan. He genuinely cared about the people around him, was always well grounded, and he knew how to pull good natured pranks to keep people laughing. I learned a lot from Alan. I will miss him.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember in Girl Scouts many years ago with Melissa, Mr. Roach gave us a tour of the Hasbro factory!! Please accept my condolences.
Sending condolences to the Roach family. Alan was an amazing person who always made any experience better when he was part of it. Many fond memories of game playing, especially where Alan’s sense of humor usually trumped any importance of outcome or who won. Alan’s personality, creativity, and generosity was amazing.
So very sorry for your family’s loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.
I’m so deeply sorry for your loss of Alan. I send you my most sincere condolences.
I have remembered Alan fondly over the years and was always happy to read about his many successes in his life, especially his family. Alan was a treasure in this world in which he made such a positive impact. My heart is with you all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Alan was a great designer, artist, leader and friend. We both had the honor of working with him at Milton Bradley. He will be missed.
Rich and Cindy Bourgelas
What a gift Alan was to this world. Anyone who met Alan will forever carry a piece of him in their hearts, and a few hilariously funny sarcastic comments. I feel lucky to have worked with him. My sincere condolences to his family – his love for his wife and kids was always a joy to witness.
My prayers are with Cynthia, Melissa, Nick and their family. Alan will be greatly missed. He has left me with so many fun memories.
Sending thoughts and prayers to the Roach family. RIP Alan????
So Sorry for loss. He was one of the nicest people I had the pleasure to meet.
It is with profound sadness that we send this message. Alan was such a special patient to us, even though he was an Eagles fan. I have many fond memories of him, his snoring and his enthusiasm for the “free” lunch to name a couple. He told us recently that the nurses in Boston didn’t get his odd sense of humor, but thankfully we did. We will miss him, and it was a privilege to be part of his life the last 8 years.
Jennifer, Nelia, Rhonda & Aileen
So sorry to hear of you loss. Thinking of you my friend.
Monica I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I send wishes for peace and comfort of warm memories
My heart breaks for you and your children. My deepest condolences. May memories comfort you in this extremely difficult time.
A graphically talented master combined with the playfulness and innocence of a child. Always a smile and a sincere hello as a coworker.
His love for his Eagles only outdone by his love and dedication to his family.
Truly… one of a kind… godspeed Alan.
He was the best cousin anyone could ask for, and such a joyful spirit. He brought out the best in people and always noted and appreciated kindness. My thoughts and love are with his family
Words cannot express our profound sadness upon hearing of Alan’s passing. He was truly a very special patient of ours, even though he was an Eagles fan! I have many fond memories of him, his snoring and love of the “free” lunch. He told us recently that the nurses in Boston didn’t get his odd sense of humor, fortunately we did. We will miss him terribly and send our condolences to your family.
Jennifer , Nelia, Rhonda & Aileen
I will always remember You, Alan as a “glass half full person”. It left a mark on me. Thanks for being you. Rest peacefully and happily.
I worked with Alan for over two decades. He had a genuine smile and had that rare gift of “people liked having him around”. Alan, Craig Van Ness and I played Magic together after work for several years. Craig and I would always attack each other and Alan would usually win. Clever fellow. He was a really good soul. He has earned a positive afterlife and I hope to meet him again somewhen. Our condolences to his family.
A great designer, artist, leader, and friend. Alan always truly brought people at Hasbro together with fun and laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family for your loss…Rich and Cindy Bourgelas
Sleep well my friend. I will miss you. We’ve had some great times back in the day. I will never forget…
Cyn, Melissa and Nick, thoughts are with you. Our deepest sympathies…
Alan always shed a bright light wherever he was.
It was a pleasure to know him and work with him.
He made every day an adventure.
Sending my thoughts, love and prayers to Alan’s family. Alan was truly loved and admired by so many at Hasbro because he was ALWAYS cheerful, optimistic and out-going. He had a way of making other people smile. He was an amazing person and friend. I loved working with him on games and talking sports. He will be deeply missed.
“Alan was happy.” ❤️
Alan had a posting on FB where he had made and evil face on the chemo drip bag. He was upbeat and fun his whole life!
Sending my thoughts out to such a lovely family
at this most difficult time.