KITTERY POINT, Maine — Edward L. Roberts, a deeply loved husband, brother and brother-in-law, stepfather, grandfather, uncle and dear friend to many died at home on Thursday, July 5, 2012 with his family by his side.
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He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 27, 1932, the son of Joseph (Ropret) Roberts and Catherine (Kosir) Roberts who both emigrated from Slovenia. He is survived by his beloved wife, Sharon (Lynch) McLaughlin; brother, Rev. Rafko Ropret (Ralph Roberts) of Trieste, Italy; sisters-in-law MaryAnn Roberts of Valleview, Ohio, wife of the late Joseph Roberts, Stephanie Roberts of Cleveland, Ohio wife of the late Anthony Roberts and Charlotte Roberts of Euclid, Ohio wife of the late Walter Roberts, Pamela Waitt and her husband David of Kittery, Maine, And Rose Lynch of Kittery Point, Maine, Brothers in law Virgil And his wife Doris Lynch of Island Falls, Maine, Dale and is wife Nancy Lynch of Patten, Maine, as well as the late Daniel Lynch and Philip and Gloria Lynch; stepchildren Michael and Matthew McLaughlin of Kittery Point, Maine and Elizabeth Kelly of Newburyport, Mass., cherished grandson, Aidan Kelly and many nieces and nephews.
Ed graduated in 1950 from Shore High School in Euclid, Ohio. He then joined the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and was an African missionary first in Uganda for six years and then in Tanzania for 11 years. His African years were the formative years of his life, and he held those memories deep in his heart. Between Uganda and Tanzania, Ed earned a degree in African Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He later worked at St. Jean de Baptiste in N.Y.C. and earned a Masters in Social Work at Hunter College. He moved to Boston in 1992 and worked as a social worker with the mentally ill homeless population only retiring at 75 years old because he had a stroke. His was a life of service and giving with his final gift that of his body for medical education. His interests and thinking were broad. He was very loving, extremely intelligent, compassionate and non-judgmental. However, he was "low maintenance", and his own needs were simple. He was a gift to everyone he met.
There was a memorial service in Maine on July 7th, and there will be a memorial service in Ohio at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at St. Paschals Baylon Church, 5384 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, anyone who so wishes can make a donation in his name to either the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, 5384 Wilson Mills Road, Highland Heights, Ohio 44143 or Boston Health Care for the Homeless, 780 Albany Street, Boston, Mass. 02118. Care for Ed's family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.
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Published in Fosters from July 6 to July 10, 2012