Audrey J. Roach

January 2, 2024
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Audrey Josephine Veronica (Tuitt) Roach was born in Montserrat, West Indies on March 21, 1930.  Audrey was the last child of the late Joseph and Centilia (Sweeney) Tuitt.

Audrey grew up in the Village of Fort Barrington where she excelled at school. She was known to be spunky and quite athletic.  During these years, Audrey participated in Netball and in track and field, playing in events such as the long jump and high jump.  She was also a member of the Girl Guides. As a young person, Audrey developed a strong belief in God that she carried throughout her life.

As a young adult, Audrey worked at the national Audit.  She loved to travel and began traveling early, exploring neighboring islands for sporting competitions and meeting friends.  Eventually, she took a dream cruise to Europe. Travel would continue to be a huge part of life, taking annual trips to visit family and friends or simply having new adventures.

In the 1960’s, Audrey met and married Melford Roach.  The two then immigrated to the United States where they began a new life and started their family.  Their son Laurie Anthony Roach (Tony) was born shortly after coming to the States, and their daughter Penelope Antoinette (Roach) Huff was born several years later. Audrey was a dedicated mother, challenging her kids to do their best while also providing unwavering loving support.

Upon moving to the States, Audrey began a career working with the HeadStart Program as a Family Assistant.  This role was perfect for her, especially since she was able to combine her love of children and helping people.  Audrey worked with several programs throughout the years, finally retiring in the mid-1990s.  During that time, she helped many families with Social Services and met hundreds of children who she loved as her own.

In addition to her own children, Audrey was also a loving motherly figure. She was affectionately referred to as “Ma”, “Aunty”, “Grandma”, “Goddie”, “Mrs. Roach” or “Roachie” by the people she deemed were important to her in her life.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 2, 2024, Audrey took her final breath surrounded by family. She will be joining her siblings Doris (Maggie), Arnold, Aubrey, Victor, Enid, Alicia, and Stuart in the afterlife. She leaves to mourn her children, Tony (Tangela) and Penelope (Daniel); her grandchildren,  Daniel II, Devaun, Jai, Lau’rie, LaShawn, Niskya, London, Alvin (son Asaiah), and Andre; her nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, many friends, and acquaintances.

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January 12, 2024

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Hartnett Funeral Home
561 Jerusalem Avenue
Uniondale, NY 11553

Funeral Service
January 12, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Hartnett Funeral Home
561 Jerusalem Avenue
Uniondale, NY 11553

Graveside Service
January 12, 2024

1:00 PM
Greenfield cemetery
650 Nassau Rd.
Hempstead, New York 11550


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