Thomas Cecil Roberts died unexpectedly at his home in Middletown on September 4, 2013.
Tom was born on May 14, 1955 in Margaretville. A 1973 graduate of Roxbury Central School, Tom was a star athlete in soccer, playing the position of midfielder and defender and also dominating the court during the basketball season. Tom was also known for his beautiful penmanship.
Growing up in Denver as a “Valley Kid,” Tom spent most of his childhood working on the family farm. He ventured down the valley to Roxbury Run Restaurant where he learned his magnificent culinary skills. Tom held many jobs throughout his life, including Wadler Bros., Highmount Ski Center, Stryker Bros., Pound Ridge Dairies, Yellow Freight, Arnold, and New Penn. A trucker most of his life, he loved to drive “barefoot with a cup of black coffee by his side.” He continued to carry a passion for farming and he was able to fulfill this love on the farm of Neal and Anne Needleman.
Tom was a giving man, spending time helping family and friends whenever he could even if it was just to lend an ear or offer some kind words. He was a former member of the Arkville Fire Department.
Tom’s single passion in life was spending time with his children, taking vacation, especially to Jekyll Island, tailgating in the hayfield at Bethel Woods concerts and just sitting around talking.
In 1980 Tom married Cheryl Sanford and they had three beautiful children, Thomas C. Roberts II, Caitlyn M. Roberts, and Travis C. Roberts.
He is also survived by five sisters and one brother, Aleta (Dick) Hunter, Charlene (Art DeBari) Roberts, Ellen (Cliff) Stewart, Shari (Rick) Robinson, Billie Jo (Fernando Valencia) Roberts, and Kevin (Kathy) Roberts. Also surviving are his aunts and an uncle, Donnie (Toni) Osborn, Leah Jenkins and Ginny Weddleton and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Loren and Ethel Roberts.
The family will be present from 1 to 3 p.m. on, Saturday Sept. 14 at Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville. A gathering to celebrate Tom’s life will immediately follow at the Arkville Firehall.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to the American Heart Association.