Paseo pioneer passes

A well-known business owner and adored local personality died unexpectedly last week, prompting a lyrical send-off from local poets and a open-mic-style memorial organized by area musicians and performers.

Craig Roche, co-owner of the Galileo Bar & Grill, died Nov. 18 at the age of 59.

Born in Patterson, N.J., and raised in Gardener, Mass., Roche loved music and vintage cars, and was a die-hard Boston Red Sox fanatic. Renowned for his extensive knowledge of wine and beer, Roche was adored by many local thinkers, drinkers, musicians and artists.

In his nearly decade-long tenure at Galileo, Roche booked bands and organized poetry slams and open mic nights, transforming the club into a popular enclave for folk musicians, poets and local bohemian artists of all ilk. He was credited by many for supporting and inspiring many of the activities, events and successes seen in the Paseo Arts District. 

“His is a generous spirit that quietly lifts up those around him,” said Tracy Townsend, member of Home for Wayward Poets, a group of local poets. “He will be missed greatly.” “Joe Wertz

Joe Wertz

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