New York, Miami, Las Vegas, and Roswell — all home to entrepreneur and loving family man, David Roe, 84, who passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on June 14, 2013. David was born in New York City, N.Y., but yearned to see the world. Like many young men of his generation, David’s patriotic spirit led him to enlist in the military at the tender age of 15. After serving his country, David came home to New York, where he met and married Sheila Feinman, the love of his life. The couple moved to Florida and had five children.
David’s various businesses included car dealerships, restaurants, the citrus industry and real estate development. David, Sheila and their two youngest sons Adam and Arnold moved from Florida to Roswell in 1975. Over the next several years the remaining children moved to Roswell as well. David developed Buena Vida on land west of Roswell; opened and ran The Clubhouse from 1980 to 1992; owned KEND radio from 1990 to 2002; and opened and owned Peppers Grill and Bar from 1990 to present; however, David’s real passions were family, ocean cruises, and playing craps.
David and Sheila recently celebrated their 63rd year of marriage: “No man ever loved a woman like our dad loved our mom.” They enjoyed traveling the world, and sailing on hundreds of cruises with family and friends.
David is survived by his loving wife, Sheila; children Neil H. Roe and wife, Amy, Adam D. Roe and wife, Susie, Arnold J. Roe and wife, Tammy, Elise Roe Moore and husband, Jim Moore, Sherri Miller and husband, Scott Miller Jr. and adopted son Kevin Roe and wife, Charlene; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Always interested in people and their businesses, he loved to chat about politics, business, and casinos to his many friends. You might not agree with David’s point of view, but you always knew where you stood with him. He liked hard-working people and was willing to help them reach their dreams. Every family milestone was cause for celebration.
David lived his life to the fullest, took chances, and loved strongly and passionately everyone he met and anything he attempted. He would want us to remember him not with tears but with renewed determination to make something of ourselves and to make the world a better place. Roswell has lost an icon of an era, a patriarch of an amazing family, and a citizen of the world.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College any time between 2 and 5 p.m. to celebrate the life of David Roe. A private family graveside service will be held at South Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to the Chaves County Cancer Association, PO Box 193, Roswell, NM 88202 or a local charity of your choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.