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Norman A. Roberts

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BENNINGTON -- Norman A. Roberts, a lifelong resident of Manchester, passed away on Monday morning, Sept. 6, 2004, surrounded by his family and loving caregivers at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington. Norman had endured a long journey of declining health and met it with bravery, dignity and never lost his wonderful sense of humor and genuine interest in others.

Born on Dec. 23, 1925, in Manchester, he was the son of the late Alfred and Marjorie (Bourn) Roberts. He married Lorraine Park on May 24, 1947, in Manchester.

He graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester.

He served his country in W.W. II, and was proud of his service on the USS Holton. Following his discharge from the service, he was employed at Bourns Garage, owned by his uncle Lynn Bourn. His love of golf and natural abilities to teach the sport led him to his lifelong career as caddy master and teaching professional at Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester. He volunteered his time as a coach for the Burr and Burton golf team. He was also employed in the winter at Wilcox Fuels and Dorr Oil Co.

He was a lifelong member of Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester. He served as chalice bearer for many years and was also proud to serve on the altar with each of his children as acolytes. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6471, Manchester. He had a passion for sports. He was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed every game, win or lose. He loved high school basketball and followed Burr and Burton and most recently attending Mount Anthony games with the Mahar’s and delighted in the success of A.J.’s career on the court.

He was predeceased by his ex-wife Lorraine P. Roberts, who died Nov. 16, 2000; brother-in-law, Gene Cable; and uncle and best friends, Lynford and Doris Bourn. He is survived by his children and their partners, Mark Roberts and Mary Scarlatta of Manchester, Paul and Cindi Roberts of Pawlet, Carol Roberts and Judy Schwenn of Fairfax. He is also survived by an uncle, Clarence Roberts of Bennington; a sister, Janice Cable of Rutland; and brother, Charles Roberts of Whittier, Calif.; grandchildren, Mark Roberts. Jr. of Bozeman, Mont., Heidi Marion and her husband Chris of Manchester, Mimi Roberts and Paul Roberts Jr. of Pawlet; and great-grandchildren, Paton, Paige and Perrin Marion of Manchester.

Funeral services for Mr. Roberts will be held Friday morning, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester Center. The Rev. John Mitchell will conduct the service. Burial will follow in the family lot in Delwood Cemetery in Manchester. Visiting hours at Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center, will be Thursday evening, Sept. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Roberts’ memory may be made to the Ekwanok Scholarship Fund, c/o Brewster Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255. Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center. For directions or to send e-mail condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2004
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