Services for Roger Kevin Troupe, a former boxer who taught the sport to inner-city youngsters in Buffalo, will be at noon Friday in Deliverance Word of Faith Church, Lancaster, S.C. Burial will be private.
He died unexpectedly April 13 in his home in Lancaster. He was 52.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Troupe was a graduate of Bennett High School. He learned boxing while serving in the Navy and boxed professionally as a heavyweight from 1978 to 1988. Though never a contender, he sparred with Gerry Cooney and Mike Weaver.
He taught boxing to teenage boys and encouraged drug-free lifestyles, first at the Father Belle Center with the Buffalo Boys Against Drugs boxing team and later in the Northwest Buffalo Community Center.
Mr. Troupe worked as a floor installer for P&R Home Improvement, a company he and his wife owned and operated. He was a subcontractor for Cameron Construction and ABS Construction. Tall and muscular, he also was a bouncer at Birchfield's.
He and his wife moved to South Carolina last October to help care for her ailing mother.
There, he was active in Deliverance Word of Faith Church, where he was minister of recreation and captain of the bowling team.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, the former Patricia Harris; four sons, Roger of Tampa, Fla., Reggie of Cleveland and P.R. and Marquis P., both of Buffalo; two daughters, Ranielle Troupe James of Tampa and Ashaki Parks Wright of Atlanta; four brothers, Brian Coleman of Rochester, Kevin of Brandywine, Md.; Lance of Seattle and Donald Jones of Buffalo; two sisters, Denise Saunders of Atlanta and Diane Jones of Buffalo; and three grandchildren.