John Sebastian Roberts, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, entered into eternal life at St. Luke's Hospice Care on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. He was surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Born at the Naval Hospital, Pensacola, Fla., he was a son of John H. Roberts, Lee Park, and Genevieve O'Boyle James, Hanover Township. He was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, class of 2005, where he was a member of the basketball team. He was employed at Applebee's Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre Township.
John was a member of St. Stephen's Pro Cathedral Episcopal Church, South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, where he served as an acolyte for nine years. He also enjoyed spending time there and helping the ladies group with their annual rummage sale.
John will be best remembered for his love of his family and his enjoyment of family gatherings. John could often be found at the library or reciting statistics from sports teams. He was a dedicated fan of the Knicks, Dodgers and Broncos.
John was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Walter O'Boyle; paternal grandmother, Betty Roberts; brother Chad Williams; and aunt and godmother, Debi O'Boyle.
He is survived by his mother, Jennie James, Hanover Township; father, John Roberts, Lee Park; brothers Matthew and Kyle, both of Wilkes-Barre; grandparents, Sebastian and Jenny Vitale, Wilkes-Barre, and John and Barbara Roberts, Plains Township; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family thanks the entire staff of the Critical Care Unit at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for the compassionate care they provided for John and his family while under their care.
Funeral will be held 1 p.m. today from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with services at 1:30 p.m. in St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. A gathering will follow in the church auditorium. Friends are invited to pay their respects from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be sent to St. Stephen's Church, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
"When God Saw You Get Tired"
When God saw you get tired
And a cure was not to be,
He put his arms around you
And whispered come to me.
He didn't like what you went through
And he gave you rest,
His garden must be beautiful
He only takes the best.
And when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful and free from the pain,
We wouldn't wish you back
To suffer that again.
Today we say goodbye
As you take your final rest,
That garden must be beautiful, because you are one of the best.
Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, Inc - Wilkes Barre
59 Parrish St.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Times Leader on Aug. 1, 2013