George Philip Roberts of Woodbury, CT, never really sat still until he had a skiing accident five years ago at the age of 77. He forged his own path—exploring, aspiring, negotiating, reinventing, and making sure everyone was included.
George was born on December 25th, 1937 in Barton, VT, son of the late Vernon Eldon Roberts and Sylvia Perry Roberts. He died on February 2nd, 2020 with his loving wife, Barbara DeMar Roberts by his side.
For the first eight years of his education, George attended a one-room schoolhouse in Barton. The family was living in a farm near Evansville when he began his high school years at Barton Academy. George graduated as valedictorian in a class of eighteen students. He set out to pursue higher education at the University of Vermont. He met Barbara during his junior year.
He graduated Cum Laude in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. That same year he and Barbara married on September 6th, and soon they traveled west to Evanston, Il to Northwestern University. There George completed a PhD in physical chemistry in 1964. He began his career with the Uniroyal Chemical Company later that year in NJ. He was to remain with the company, even as it changed hands and names, until his retirement in 2007.
In 1969, the Robertses moved to a house in Woodbury,CT where George and Barbara have lived ever since. Together with his wife, George placed family above all else. Outside of their children’s formal education, the couple shared rich experiences in gardening, civic engagement, raising animals, music lessons, sports, travel, exchange student experiences, scouting and so much more. Summer camping trips in the U.S. and Canada were highlights.
In 1975 George was a founding member of the Woodbury Scholarship Fund. He strongly believed in the importance of education. Over the years George was very active in many organizations in the area where he lived, among them A.F.S., Democratic Town Committee, Child Guidance Clinic, Boy Scouts, the Denan Project. He often identified with organizations that allowed him to aid others in overcoming adversity.
George is survived by Barbara, his wife of 60 years; their four children, Kent, Deirdre (David Edson), Dawn (Alison Jacoby), Thomas (Kim Roberts), exchange student Tuija Mikkola (Pekka Innanen), his sister, Gertrude Scheer and sisters-in-law Jeannine Roberts and Betty Mueller and six grandchildren, Jeremy, Valya, River, Eliza, Sage, Rebekah, step-grandsons Luke Edson (Jennifer) and Jonathan Edson (Laurie) and seven step-great grandchildren and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by two brothers, Richard and Ernest.
He was dearly loved and will be very missed by his community, family and friends.
Family and Friends are invited to a memorial service on March, 21, 2020 at The Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society / First Congregational Church, 214 Main Street South, Woodbury at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Woodbury Scholarship Fund Dollars for Scholars, P.O. box 716, Woodbury, CT 06798.
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