Thank you for all the responses. All I really wanted to know is if this part of the roof is going to be as stable and last without any of those cross pieces or any other boards being replaced. Exact wording " Remove chimney to roofline and cap. Make any necessary repairs to the roof, soffit and fascia. Dispose of all debris." I wish I had confidence in my roofer to take his word that it is done right but I do not. The gap in the soffit is 21"