Avon D. Roberts (1939-2008)

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PITTSFIELD – Avon D. Roberts, 69, formerly of Chesterville, moved in to a haven of rest after a long illness, Friday at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield.

He was born Jan. 13, 1939, in Pittsfield, the son of Winfield and Margaret (Kaiser) Roberts. He received his education in Pittsfield schools and obtained his GED in 1995.

Avon loved the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman all of his life. Skipping school to go fishing got him in trouble on several occasions. He enjoyed gardening and reading a good book when he wasn’

t able to be outdoors. He worked a short time for the railroad and also on a diary farm as well as carnival rides and games for several years. Mr. Roberts worked for a time at the Coinna Woolen Mill and various shoe factories, most recently at Franklin Shoe in Farmington.

He is survived by two brothers, Gary E. Roberts and his wife Patricia of West Haven, CT and Mannie E. Roberts of West Melbourne, FL; two sisters, Shelby J. Searles and her husband Harvey of Canaan and Jolean M. Tupper of Unity; several nephews and nieces; and his special friends, Terry and Julia Belanger of Jay.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Terry D. Roberts; a nephew Christopher T. Sisco; and long-time partner, Georgia Belanger of Jay. The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the Rumford Community Home, Sebasticook Valley Community Home, Sebasticook Valley Health Care Facility, and Sebasticook Valley Hospital staff for the excellent care given to Avon.

Graveside memorial services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Stubbs Mills Cemetery, East Jay. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Smoking Cessation Program at Franklin Memorial Hospital, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington, ME 04938. Condolences may be sent to info@wilesrc.com. Cremation services are being cared for and provided by the Wiles Remembrance Center, 308 Franklin Road, Jay.

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