Ernest “Ernie” DeRoche


Ernest ‘Ernie’ DeRoche
1921 – 2010

PORTLAND — Ernest “Ernie” J. DeRoche, 88, a life long resident of Yarmouth, died Tuesday, March 23, at St. Joseph’s Manor.

Ernie was born in Yarmouth on Dec. 12, 1921, one of three children to the late Lawrence E. and Lucy (Richard) DeRoche. He attended local schools including North Yarmouth Academy.

He joined the Seabees and then the Coast Guard right out of school and spent four years serving his country during World War II, something he was very proud of.

He worked for Cooper’s Co., Inc. delivering telephone poles for many years, until 1980, when he went to work as the custodian for Pineland Center. He retired from there in 1996, and then he went to work for Maine Medical Center and stayed there working until age 76.

He enjoyed many things, Beano, 10-pin bowling and the New England Patriots were some of his favorites. Then of course there was his beloved Red Sox and his numerous trips to any and all flea markets; always in search for that perfect little trinket or antique. His greatest pleasure, however, was his family and friends. This honest, caring and selfless man always put them before himself.

His contagious energy will be missed by his three nephews, Philip L. DeRoche and his wife, Julia, of Gray, James F. Bartlett and his wife, Alice, of Topsham and Dwight A. Bartlett and his wife, Janice, of Topsham; his niece, Judith Neal and her husband, Richard, of Parkman; several other great-nieces and nephews, to whom he was considered more a grandparent than an uncle; and his special friend, Margaret Searles of New Gloucester.

He was predeceased by a sister, Florence Bartlett; and a brother, Joseph Edmund.