ROACH, Myrtis – At the Charlotte County Hospital on Monday, December 6th, 2021, Myrtis (Cairine) (Gillis) Roach, wife of Eldon Roach of Rolling Dam, NB. Born in Chipman Memorial Hospital, she is the daughter of the late Hazen Gillis and Florence (McCullough) Gillis.
Since Myrtis’ parents both worked long hours, she was responsible for looking after twins Alice and Allison, and then Donnie, too. Needless to say, as the eldest daughter she took her responsibilities seriously.
After a local business college, Myrtis started working for Bank of Nova Scotia in St. Andrews, NB, got married, moved to Ontario where she worked her whole life at the Bank of Nova Scotia, main branch in Hamilton until their retirement back to St. Andrews. Myrtis started off as shorthand stenographer so any changes to Bank memos had to be re-typed from scratch. She was one of the first in the bank to work with a big clunky machine called a word processor and later with computers using the “Word” program where changes could be effected much easier.
Myrtis never smoked or drank alcohol but was always taking night classes to improve; exercising, sewing her own clothes for work, computer skills. She was a member of All Saints Anglican Church. Myrtis may not have been a regular “church-goer” but served on some of their helpful committees.
Surviving in addition to her husband Eldon is her son Allan Roach (65 years old) of Calgary, AB, no grandchildren. Any living siblings: brother Allison Gillis and his children Cathy and Peter, (Allison’s twin sister Alice (Gillis) Johnson and her son Jeffrey.
Myrtis was predeceased by one brother Donald Gillis.
By Myrtis’ request there will be no visitation or service at this time. A celebration of her life will be held in the spring, with time, date and place to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences to the family or donations can be made at www.humphreysfh.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Humphreys Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, NB E3L 2B2 (506-466-3110).