George H. Roberts, III August 18, 1928 -April 11, 2014 George H. Roberts, III, 85, died at The Cypress, Hilton Head Island, SC on Friday April 11th. George was born in Brooklyn, NY to Dr. George H. Roberts, Jr. and Alma Gordon Roberts. A graduate of The Hotchkiss School and Rutgers University, George served in the U.S. Army as an officer in the First Guided Missile Corps, Artillery. He graduated from New York University Law School and passed the New York State Bar in 1956. It was at NYU that he and Estelle Scrobogna met, and they were married in New York in 1955. Following graduation, George embarked on his 34 year-long career with Citibank where he ran the Corporate Banking Group's Chemical Department and served as a senior banker. He became Region Head in the World Corporation Group, retiring in 1991. George and Estelle had moved to Long Island in 1958 and lived in Huntington and Lloyd Harbor for 32 years. A quintessential Long Island commuter, he was an active community leader, serving as Chairman of the Huntington American Red Cross, Chairman of the Huntington Parks Committee, Treasurer of the Cold Spring Harbor Library and a member of Huntington Hospital Board of Governors and its Finance Committee. For many years, he was also an active Trustee of the Huntington Country Club. Upon retiring to Hilton Head, George led the restructuring of the Moss Creek Plantation serving, among other things, as Treasurer and President. George is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Estelle S. Roberts, their two daughters, Catherine Roberts Casalicchio (Piero) of Huntington, NY; Patricia Roberts Winton (Nick) of Boston, MA; grandchildren George, Brando, Cristina Casalicchio; Hank, Fuller, Lucia, Charlotte Winton; son-in-law Carlos Madrid of NYC; and his sister, Dr. Ann Stewart, of Vero Beach, FL. George was predeceased by his adored daughter, Elizabeth Stacey Roberts, and his sister, Barbara Gavigan Hershberg. George was a loving partner and father, known for his positive wit and strong morals. He mentored many, frequently advising on personal and professional matters. George and Estelle traveled extensively, cherishing the opportunity to experience new places and cultures. An avid golfer and sailor, he enjoyed memberships at The Creek, Locust Valley, NY; National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock, Southampton, NY; the Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club and the South Carolina Yacht Club. A celebration of George's life will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Liz Roberts Fund, c/o Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, 11724. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. www.theislandfuneralhome.com.
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