Our 2018 Honorees

Pete and Walter Roe

John J. Roe, III

Known as “Pete,” he has practiced law in Patchogue for more than 50 years. He is presently Senior Counsel at Egan & Golden LLP.

During his legal career, primarily engaged in trust and estates, corporate, and real estate matters, he aided many civic and charitable projects in Patchogue. He has served as President of the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in the development and creation of the Patchogue Business Improvement District (B.I.D.). After its creation in 1992, he served as President for 10 years. He assumed that post again in 2012.

While his father, Jack, was president of the Patchogue Rotary Club, the Bellport Rotary Club was formed in 1962. Pete joined Bellport Rotary in 1964 where he serves as Secretary and is a Director. He was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow and served as Aide to two District Governors.

Pete is Vice President and Counsel for the Suffolk County Council, Inc. Boy Scouts of America. He is an Eagle Scout and received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest Scouting honor bestowed on a local volunteer.

The Brookhaven Town Soccer League created a Sportsmanship Award in his name after his 10 years of coaching the Bellport summer soccer team. He is a member of the Congregational Church of Patchogue and served as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is the chairman of the church Investment Board.

He is the ninth generation of persons named John Roe to live in the Town of Brookhaven and a descendant of Austin Roe, a spy for the Colonials in the Revolutionary War.

Pete attended Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, and from there went to Brown University. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia.

Walter A. Roe

Except for a short stint at a commercial bank, Walter has spent his entire professional career at 125 East Main Street in Patchogue where he is President of the family insurance business, Roe Agency, Inc., founded by his grandfather in 1898. Walter is the third generation of the family, following in his father, John J. Roe, Jr.’s, footsteps.

His community focus has always been on the downtown. He was president of the Patchogue Rotary Club, initiating The Haunted House, a popular fund-raising event. He pitched and played shortstop for the Rotary squad in the Tri-Club softball games, calling on skills honed at the Mets Baseball Camp which he attended twice. He was also a member, Director, and President of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce.
With strong historic ties to the area, he rode a horse in a local parade as Austin Roe, a distant relative and one of six Revolutionary War spies for George Washington and the origin of his middle name, “Austin.”

Growing up in Blue Point he attended local schools before taking up studies at Phillips Academy, a preparatory school in Andover, MA. He is a graduate of Brown University in Rhode Island and received his MBA at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

His broad vocal range was shared with “a cappella” groups which he led at both Andover and Brown.
In addition to his work at Roe Agency, he owned and ran the Old Inlet Inn, a popular, fine dining restaurant in Bellport, from 1980 to 2008. For pleasure, he enjoys golf and fine dining!

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