Joseph Valentine Roller II

Joseph Valentine Roller II was born to the late Joseph and Elsie Roller, owner of a leather company and a homemaker, in East Orange, NJ on April 24th 1948.  Joe graduated from Milburn High School where he was named Athlete of the Year. He later graduated from Colgate University while spending summers lifeguarding on the jersey shore with what would become lifelong friends.
  While working in International Banking at Irving Trust, Joe met his wife, Jan (a fellow Milburn High School Graduate). Joe and Jan moved to Australia while Joe was on a four-year assignment with Irving Trust. Joe and Jan returned to the United States in 1982, and Joe began a 19-year career at BayBank.  Joe’s nearly 50-year banking career ended at Cambridge Trust, where he served as CEO for 12 years.
Joe loved being part of a team, but he was also a natural leader. He excelled leading teams of all kinds. Children of all ages adored being coached by Joe. Young adults loved being mentored by Joe. Bank colleagues were energized by his integrity and authenticity.  In each of these endeavors, he was always patient and caring with the people he had been entrusted to lead.
Joe raised his two boys (Chris and Cam) with an emphasis on sports and the ocean. On any given weekend he could be found in one of two places: coaching or practicing a sport with his boys, or fishing/bodysurfing with them on Cape Cod or the Jersey shoreline. Chris and Cam loved “all sports days,” that involved hitting baseballs at Orleans Field on Cape Cod, followed by bodysurfing at Nauset Beach with their father.
In addition to being survived by his wife Jan, and two sons, Cam and Chris, he is also survived by his five loving grandchildren, Riley (8), Mason (8) Beau (6), Maddie (6) and Nora (3).  He will always be known to his grandchildren as “Papa,” which was also the affectionate nickname given to his own father. Joe’s passing follows the earlier death of his parents, Joseph and Elsie, and his sister, Diane Wilbur.
Funeral services will be held at St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham, MA at 11am on 06/27/22.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made “In Memory of Joseph Roller,” at (Donations directed to Canton MA Divisional Headquarters), or send locally to:  The Salvation Army, 100 North Street, P.O. Box 369, Hyannis MA 02601.