|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1949|
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 2009|
Rhode Island, USA
Father Dennis Rocheford was a highly respected priest who served with great devotion, both in the military and in several area parishes. His military career included: three years as a Marine who received 2 Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star in the late 1960s. Part of this service was 13 months in Vietnam. Father Dennis also saw recent duty as a chaplain with the II Marines Expeditionary Force, where he helped Marines cope with combat, and he welcomed a recent assignment as Catholic Pastor for the Chapel of Hope at the Newport, RI Navy Base.
Rev. Rocheford attended St. John's Seminary in Brighton and was ordained a priest at St. Paul's Cathedral in Worcester by Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan in 1977. His assignments include: St. Camillus Parish in Fitchburg, Sacred Heart in Hopedale in 1981 and St. Joan of Arc in Worcester, St. John the Evangelist in Clinton, St. Theresa's in Blackstone, and finally, St. Ann's Parish in North Oxford.
Father Rocheford was the son of the late Clarence L. and Helen L. (Blair) Rocheford. At the time of his death, he left 6 brothers and sisters, Paul B. Rocheford of Ft. Myers, FL, Mark C. Rocheford of Pompano Beach, FL, Joan K. Katinas of Rutland, MA, Neal C. Rocheford and his wife Lucille of Cherry Valley, MA, Diane M. Franklin and her husband Dennis of Chenoa, IL, Kathleen F. Leone of Worcester, MA; 15 nieces and nephews including his nephew David J. Katinas of Rutland, MA, with whom he was very close. He also leaves many grandnieces and grandnephews.
His death was under tragic circumstances -an apparent suicide -and has been very painful for the many people who knew him as a compassionate priest and friend. The family suggests donations in memory of Fr. Dennis be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Pkwy, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Clarence L. Rocheford (1911 - 1996)
Helen L. Blair Rocheford (1910 - 1996)
Saint Johns Cemetery
Plot: Clergy Section -just across the bridge
Created by: Therese Fenner Boucher
Record added: Sep 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42054390