A Richmond native, Mr. Roane graduated from Benedictine High School, where he played soccer, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1981 from Wake Forest University, where he was a member of the Army ROTC, a cheerleader and president of his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha.
After college, he served four years in the Army, including a stint at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; attended culinary school; and was a partner for several years in a restaurant that he started with some friends on the Boulevard. He later was a manager for a fast-food restaurant.
After his diagnosis, Mr. Roane dedicated the rest of his life to fighting HIV. His health challenges often made him consider retirement, “but he always came back because he was motivated by the importance of our work,” Martin wrote.