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A letter from Larry:
There are so many words to describe my life with you and what you meant to me, your sons, our grandchildren and the countless people you touched. It’s safe to say that all of us will never encounter another person with so much love of all people from all walks of life. There was never a person in your eyes that received anything less than 100% of your attention. The faces of children of all ages would light up when they saw “Miss Simone” either at a class at the “Y” or anywhere in public with usually big hugs as a greeting. Your AOA (Active Older Adults) class at the “Y” was yet another group that never got enough of the daughter they all wish they would have had. Your love of working with the special population children and providing aquatic therapy to the severely injured was to say the least, heartwarming examples of who you were. Your love of family never faltered after giving so much to the rest of the world. You were everything to us and always found the time to attend your children’s and grandchildren’s events of all natures and locations, sometimes driving hours to cheer, yell, applaud and congratulate after. Win, lose or draw or squeaky bows and ill-timed wrapping on percussion, in her eyes her family were always winners.
I feel I was the most lucky person of all to know her. I saw her grow as a person in so many ways. I saw occasionally how she interacted with all the folks at the “Y”. I saw her love of our family. She was not one to beat around the bush and made sure we all walked the line and had no problem helping raise anyone’s children that came to our home, worked for her or attended one of her classes. She wrote the book on tough love but did it in such a way you thanked her afterwards and in turn was ready to hug and move on.
Simone will be missed there is no doubt. We all will shed a tear but will have so many wonderful memories and funny stories to tell that there will be tears of joy also. She made everyone around her better. She influenced us all many times without us even realizing it until hours, days, weeks later. Who and what I am today is because of the love, patience and understand she gave to me for thirty five wonderful, exciting and blessed years.
All my love to you Simone for forever and a day,
Your loving husband and friend,
Charitable donations may be made to:
Simone Roach Memorial Fund - YMCA of Greater Dayton
118 W. First Street Suite 300, Dayton OH 45402,
Dear Larry and family You have our deepest sympathy.May it comfort you to know we are thinking of you.Simone leaves a wonderful legacy.She helped many people in many ways.She was such a blessing to us and we loved our dinners with Simone and family.Thank you! Betty Jean and Ed Schwinn
Betty Jean & Ed Schwinn Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM
Larry & family, My thoughts are with you during this time. You're wife seemed like an amazing woman. You were a lucky man. Love Always, Fatima
Fatima Boyd Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM
Although I've never met your wife personally, it was a pleasure reading about the way she touched so many lives. I'm sending my condolence to let you and your family know you are thought of and are in our hearts and prayers. Hang in there family. Peace and Blessings. Robert D Bunch PAE Electrician Kabul
Robert D Bunch Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathy, she maybe gone but she will never be forgotten.
Miguel & Maribeth Rocamora Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM
Larry we love you and praying for you and yours, we miss you and see you soon.
Wally Cox Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM
Red Rose Wreath was sent by Jordan .Larry & family: our hearts are heavy with sorry over your loss. Know that we all care and our hope is that you'll dwell on your warm memories and not on your loss. Jordan and the Power Plant crew in Kabul, Afghanistan
Jordan Dickens Aug 18 2016 12:00 AM
Larry....we are so sorry that you have lost the love of your life.What beautiful memories you must have and what a beautiful tribute you gave to Samone.You are in our hearts and prayers.Love and Hugs
Steve and Sandy Favorite Aug 16 2016 12:00 AM
Larry, Michael, Kenny & family: My love, thoughts, & prayers are with you all during this difficult time.Although it has been a long time since we've caught up with each other, it seems like yesterday.I am flooded with fond memories as a child that range from neighbor get-togethers/parties, soccer, swimming, & many more.Simone was a wonderful person that lit up the world around her & I enjoyed your letter Larry very much.All the best to the family. Love, Christian Oblinger (& family)
Christian Oblinger Aug 16 2016 12:00 AM
Many know her as Simone but in my time with her I knew her as the only person my son trusted to be in the pool with!I knew her as "Moon"!You see Logan didn't trust just anyone and it was only Moon he would enter the water with.....he sought her out every time we entered the Y.He was only 2 years old at the time and couldn't pronounce Simone's full name and so he just called her Moon! Later I tried to teach him her full name and "Moon" nearly slapped me silly....that's who she was, that's was her name to him!Many of us at the Y adopted Logans name for Simone and to this day refer to her as only Moon! We choose to remember those we love in the light of all they meant to us and others!My family will miss her deeply and we will remember and cherish our time with Moon! Randy Paulin
Randy Paulin Aug 16 2016 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to the family of Simone, words cant express how saddened I was to hear of your loss, she will be greatly missed.I knew her from the YMCA water aerobics classes.She made the classes a fun time, with laughing throughout the sessions.As she struggled with her illness she never show it to any of her classes.There will never be another Simone. My heart is with you in your time of sorrow and I wish you peace and strength during this difficult time.
Mary Reilly Aug 16 2016 12:00 AM