Bernard E. (Sparky) Roache, 61, an executive officer of the Lawyers Title Insurance Corp. of Richmond and an active member of real estate boards and civic and church groups here, died Wednesday at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis after a heart attack.
Mr. Roache was associated with Lawyers Title for 41 years. At the time of his death, he was assistant vice president in charge of agencies, supervising title agents in Washington, Maryland, and Delaware. He lived in Edgewater, Md.
In addition, Mr. Roache was a member emeritus of the Washington Real Estate Board and a member of real estate boards in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Northern Virginia, Anne Arundel County and Sussex County, Del.
He established the Delmardis Agents Meeting, an educational seminar for attorney agents, and initiated an award for meritorious service for real estate board presidents.
Mr. Roache was born in Washington. He attended Southwestern University and Columbus Technical Institute here.
He was a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Land Title Association and was active in the Washington Executive Association and the Washington Board of Trade. He was a former president of the Washington chapter of the Reciprocity Club.
He also was a member of the Touchdown Club, the Cheverly Planning Board, the Gonzaga High School Rebuilding Board and the Annapolis Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Before moving to Edgewater five years ago, he lived in Cheverly for more than 20 years.
He was active as a fund raiser for the completion of two Catholic church and school buildings, St. Ambrose in Cheverly and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Edgewater.
He had served as director of the Boys Club of America, as a team coach for the Catholic Youth Organization and as president of the St. Ambrose Players Association theatrical group.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Frances, of Edgewater; five sons, Bernard E. Jr., of Ocean City, Md., Raymond, of Columbia, Md., William, of Lanham, and Jack and Michael, both of Edgewater; three daughters, Lorraine Raiden of Springfield, Va., and Mary Frances Lutzio and Terry Looney of Edgewater; two brothers, Phillip Jr., of Edgewater, and Donald, of Laurel; a sister, Regina Coakley of Upper Marlboro, and 12 grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Building Fund Committee in Edgewater.