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Marvin A. Roach

Marvin Roach ’84, 57, passed away on Monday, June 19, 2023. He was the father of William Roach.

Marvin Allen Roach was born to Melvin Amin Sharif Roach and Rena Remel Gregory on January 15, 1966, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was one of two sons. His twin brother is Melvin Andrew Roach. Marvin, along with his mother, father, and twin brother, called Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home until January 14, 1980, when his mother enrolled Marvin and his brother into Milton Hershey School. At Milton Hershey School, Marvin excelled in athletics and academically. Marvin loved Cross Country and basketball, and he was a member of each sport throughout his high school tenure at Milton Hershey, where he was a starter on both teams. Marvin had a large number of friends at Milton Hershey School.

After graduating from Milton Hershey in 1984, Marvin reconnected with his first love, Elizabeth ‘Lizzo’ Gilliam, class of 1983, also an alumnus of Milton Hershey School. Marvin and Lizzo had a son, William Anthony Roach.

After the birth of his son, Marvin entered the United States Air Force, where he was stationed at RAF Croughton Air Force Base in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, where he continued with his love of basketball. During Marvin’s four-year tenure as a member in good standing in the USAF, Marvin served as a communication specialist during Gulf War 1. After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force, Marvin began his 20-year tenure with SpectaGuard Security Services, where he rose to Assistant Vice President of the New York City Region.

Upon his early retirement from SpectaGuard Security Services in the early 2000s, Marvin retired to Miami, Florida, where he lived the rest of his days on the beaches of Miami.

Marivn’s Philosophy of life was Live, Love, Laugh, and he lived this philosophy every moment of every day of his life. Marvin is survived by his twin brother, Melvin, his brothers Sharif and Rasool; his son, William Roach, his aunt, Arnita Outlaw, and his stepmother, Elaine McCray.

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