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September 12, 2013

Thomas Cecil Roberts

Thomas Cecil Roberts

MIDDLETOWN — Thomas Cecil Roberts died unexpectedly at his home in Middletown on Sept. 4, 2013.

Tom was born on May 14, 1955, in Margaretville.

A 1973, graduate from 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 as well.

Tom’s single passion in life was spending time with his children, taking vacations, especially to Jekyll Island, tailgating in the hayfield at Bethel Woods concerts or 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 also has 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. His aunts and uncle are, 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., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Hynes Funeral Home in Margaretville. A gathering to celebrate Tom’s life will immediately follow at the Arkville Fire Hall.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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