Braden Lee “Brady” Roach of Trumansburg passed away at home on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at the age of 65.
Brady was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin on May 25, 1955, a son of the late Clifford and Mary (Weston) Roach. Brady received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed his Doctorate at Cornell University. Following his college education, Brady began to work as a Professor for a number of years at Cornell, focusing on Analytical Chemistry in the research department. He took that knowledge to Phyton Biotech, where he served as the Director of Chemistry. Brady was an instrumental part of creating the synthetic form of paclitaxel, a chemical that is derived from a rare and slow-growing Pacific Yew tree. Taxol is now a chemotherapy medication that is used for breast, ovarian, and lung cancer treatment.
Brady’s achievements did not stop there as he became a major part in Sarah and Adam’s life, where they shared memories of discipline, hunting, fishing and science. He wasn’t a step-father, he was a Dad. Brady’s love of the outdoors and nature fostered his ability to teach them to respect nature. He was a collector of many things but he most enjoyed collecting guns, knives, and flashlights. Brady was a jack of all trades and will be remembered for his countless hours of devotion to the American Legion Post 770 in Trumansburg, NY. He will be greatly missed and loved.
He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Kathi E. Roach; his children; Sarah (Anthony Lamarr) Gore and Adam Dempsey; two grandchildren; Keegan and Kora Gore. Brady was preceded in death by his parents.
The family asks those that would like to make a contribution in Brady’s memory to kindly consider the Trumansburg Volunteer Fire Dept, EMS, PO Box 418,Trumansburg, NY 14886.
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