NEW IPSWICH - Fred S. Roberts Sr., 89, of Ashby Road, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
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His beloved wife of 61 years Joan E. (Wilson) Roberts died in Nov. 2012. Mr. Roberts was born in Harvard, Mass. on Feb. 28, 1925, a son of the late Harry F. and Grace B. (Stone) Roberts. He resided in Townsend, Mass. for many years before moving to New Ipswich.
He leaves three sons: Fred Roberts Jr. and fiancé, Barbara King, of East Corinth, Maine; Michael Roberts and companion, Deb Honkala, of Townsend; and Dennis Roberts and his wife, Susan, of Leominster. He also leaves four daughters: Linda Roberts of Bennington; Bethany Molter and her husband, Butch, of Ashby; Heidi Johnson and her husband, John, of New Ipswich; and Margaret Strickland and her husband, Randy, of St. Petersburg, Fl., two sisters, Alice Biron of Acton and Beatrice Reid of Littleton; 16 grandchildren, Melonie Fetterman, Heather Roberts, Melissa Senecal, Tim Roberts, Corine Farnsworth, Kimberly Leano, Jodie and Jill Nickerson, Justin and Craig Roberts, Darrell Gyles, Carrissa, April and Erik DeBettencourt, Aaron and Lawrence Doucette, three step grandchildren, Todd and Erin Molter, Michelle Strickland, 26 great grandchildren, Emma, Grace, Matthew, Alydia, Deshaun, Cody, Hannah, Olivia, Gwen, Evin, Chloe, Isabelle, Jackson, Dexter, Samantha, Elizabeth, Makayla, Leana, Mason, Evan, Brennan, Trystan, Lilianna, Tagan, Wyatt and Violet. Dear friends Martin Yauga, Kathy Donaldson, June Archer, and Joan Caldwell.
He was predeceased by his infant grandson Patrick DeBettencourt, three brothers, James Roberts, Thomas Roberts, George Roberts, three sisters, Jenny Thomas, Julia Towne, Pauline Scribner.
For many years Fred owned and operated the family dairy farm in West Townsend. He was also previously employed at the former Krete Kraft of Ayer, Pages Fence Co. and the Retina Foundation in Townsend. Fred took great pride in gardening and was well known for giving away his vegetables. Most importantly, he was well known for telling everyone "I'm a millionaire because I have the best Family!" He will be sadly missed by many.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff at Hospice of N.H. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Hospice and Healthcare Services, P.O. Box 564, 316 Marlboro Street, Keene, N.H. 03431.
Calling Hours will be held on Friday March 14, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the TJ Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street (Rt. 119), Townsend. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will take place in Bellevue Cemetery, Harvard at a later date.
Anderson Funeral Homes
250 Main Street
Townsend, MA 01469
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Mar. 11, 2014