July 23, 2021

Young woman shares a touching tribute to her grandfather

Taylor Roach, her dad, Chuck Roach, and her grandfather, Charles Roach, share a moment of joy. (Submitted photo)

Taylor Roach, her dad, Chuck Roach, and her grandfather, Charles Roach, share a moment of joy. (Submitted photo)

By John Shaughnessy

The tribute pours from the heart of Taylor Roach, showing the impact that a grandparent can have on the life and the faith of a grandchild.

“He has been the best father and grandfather,” Taylor says about her grandfather, Charles Roach. “I couldn’t ask for a better Catholic role model than him. He is a true earthly image of who Jesus has called us to be.

“His devotion to his faith can be seen in his day-to-day interactions, his 58-year marriage to my grandmother, Linda, and through his three faith-filled children—Dawn, Debbie and my father, Chuck. He is kind, patient, generous and giving. As his grandchildren were growing up, he never missed any event that any of us were participating in, whether it was a kindergarten school musical or my cousin’s college football games.”

Taylor’s grandfather has also provided her with the example of how a marriage should be.

“He is fiercely devoted to his wife, and their example of marriage is my gold standard,” Taylor says. “They have set the standard—truly a lofty relationship goal.”

Taylor and her grandfather are both members of St. Jude Parish in Indianapolis. She credits her grandfather with shaping and strengthening her own faith.

“My faith would not be as strong as it is today without his guidance and his true example of Christ in my life,” says Taylor, who is 29. “As I get older, I am more and more thankful to have such a strong man of faith in my life.” †


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