Andrew William Roberts, 88, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home. A native of Stamford, Conn., he was born June 23, 1925, to Andrew and Grace (Deicke) Roberts, one of five children. Andy, as he was known to many, was a retired high school teacher
and enjoyed a long career of 39 years as an educator. He began his career in a one room schoolhouse in Portsmouth, Va., and then taught at Takoma Academy in Montgomery County, Md., for over eight years. He then served for the next 24 years at Robert E. Peary High School, Rockville, Md., serving as the Social Studies department head, and completed his teaching career at Poolesville High School, Poolesville, Md. Andy was a WWII
veteran and moved to Homosassa 12 years ago from Bunker Hill, W. Va. He was an actively involved member of the Homosassa Seventh Day Adventist Church and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, golf, boating and fishing.
Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 64 years, Virginia Mae Roberts, Homosassa; daughter, Patricia Ann Aldridge (husband Derek), Austin, Texas; son, James Paul Roberts (wife Nina), Missoula, Mont.; daughter-in-law, Lisa Jane Roberts, Dallas, Texas; sister, Christine Carlo, Connecticut; and grandchildren, Jordan, Catherine (husband Richard), James, Thadeus, Matthew (wife Holly) and Ciara. Andy was preceded in death by a son, William A. Roberts in 2012 and siblings, Laura Walker, Robert Roberts and Beatrice Parsons.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thurs., March 13, 2014, at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, where a chapel service will take place at 12:30 p.m., with Pastors Dale Wolfe and Bill Bremner officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Andy's memory to Homosassa Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry, P.O. Box 559, Homosassa Springs, FL 34447. www.wilderfuneral.com