Nov. 25, 1945 – Oct. 18, 2013
Richard J. Rosche, of Clarence, a lawyer, motorcycle enthusiast and Civil War re-enactor, died Friday in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, after a short illness. He was 67.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Lancaster. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and was a graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School.
He maintained a solo law practice for more than 40 years with offices in Statler Towers, then Snyder Square and in recent years in his Clarence home.
As a motorcyclist since the mid-1960s, he traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada and was a member of the Blue Knights New York V Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. He appeared as an expert witness for the Hog Farm, a West Seneca motorcycle repair shop, in the court fight with Harley-Davidson over its name.
For several years, he led the WNY Cancer Run, the largest motorcycle run in the area, to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
He also helped organize the Hunter’s Hope Run. An expert on the Civil War, he co-founded the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry Re-enactment Regiment in honor of what was Buffalo’s Irish Regiment. He also was longtime vice president of the Buffalo Civil War Roundtable.
He portrayed Capt. Hugh Mooney of the 155th and gave numerous presentations on the history of the regiment and the war in schools and for tours in Forest Lawn. He was instrumental in the campaign to have a monument to the 155th erected in Erie County Naval and Military Park.
He also portrayed Gen. Philip Sheridan at a re-creation of the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead.
Mr. Rosche was president of the Foxridge Owners Association in Ellicottville. He was a member of the Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club, serving as legal counsel, and the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club.
He also was a bicycling enthusiast.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, the former Susan Weber; his mother, Dorothy; a sister, Barbara Hapeman; and three brothers, Paul, David and Peter.
A memorial service will be arranged.