OBITUARY

Dr. Frederick Barry Roberts

16 August , 19329 May , 2018
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Dr. Frederick Barry Roberts, beloved pediatrician, passed away peacefully in Nacogdoches, Texas, on May 9, 2018, at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Barbara. He was a loving father to his three children Wendi Ellen Strong, Brian Ralph Roberts and Virginia Anne Mitchell, and grandfather to Ian Strong, Colin Strong, Duncan Strong, Bari Roberts, Carter Roberts, and Benjamin Mitchell. He was the cherished friend and companion of Shirley Watterson.

Born a Canadian, Barry adopted Nacogdoches, Texas, and the United States, as his home when he moved his family and pediatric practice there in 1978. He proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1991. After 40 years of caring for children, he retired in 2005.

Barry was a tireless advocate for children. He was a founder, president, and board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Nacogdoches and considered that to be his most significant contribution to their welfare. It was his dream that the club would benefit East Texas children in perpetuity. A longstanding Rotarian, he led the Nacogdoches Rotary Club’s commitment to Polio Plus, the successful campaign to eradicate polio worldwide.

Barry was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 16, 1932, to William Ralph Roberts and Vera Mabel Roberts (nee Sanger). He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1956 with a degree in medicine. In 1963, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the highest earned medical degree in the British Empire.

Barry enjoyed teaching and writing, serving as Associate Professor in the department of Pediatrics at McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, and in the department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas. He is the author of the childrearing guide, Confusion to Confidence: Informed Parenting (Lufkin Press, 1998).

He was humbled to receive the following recognition: The Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, awarded in 1977 for Outstanding Humanitarian Community Service in Canada; the Medallion of the Boys & Girls Club of America, received in 1996; and the Americanism Medal for being Texas’ Naturalized Citizen of the Year in 2000 from the Daughters of the American Revolution. His greatest honor was being inducted into the first-ever Boys & Girls Club of Deep East Texas Hall of Fame in November, 2017.

Visitation will take place from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, May 18, 2018, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Home, 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, Texas. The funeral will occur there on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 10 am, followed by a graveside service at Sunset Memorial Park, officiated by Pastor Robert Easterling.

Pallbearers will be Brian Roberts, Benjamin Mitchell, Colin Strong, Carter Roberts, Duncan Strong, Michael Boyd, Wayne Davis, and Bryant Krenek. Honorary Pallbearer will be Dr. William Milawski.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Nacogdoches, 2712 Park Street, Nacogdoches, Texas, 75961. Bgcdet.org or 936-560-2344.

Please visit www.CasonMonk-Metcalf.com to leave your online condolences and memories.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches.

  • FAMILY

  • Barbara Roberts, Wife
  • Wendi Ellen Strong, Daughter
  • Brian Ralph Roberts, Son
  • Virginia Anne Mitchell, Daughter
  • Ian Strong, Grandchild
  • Colin Strong, Grandchild
  • Duncan Strong, Grandchild
  • Bari Roberts, Grandchild
  • Carter Roberts, Grandchild
  • Benjamin Mitchell, Grandchild
  • Shirley Watterson, Friend
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brian Roberts, Active Pallbearer
  • Benjamin Mitchell, Active Pallbearer
  • Colin Strong, Active Pallbearer
  • Carter Roberts, Active Pallbearer
  • Duncan Strong, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael Boyd, Active Pallbearer
  • Wayne Davis, Active Pallbearer
  • Bryant Krenek, Active Pallbearer
  • Dr. William Milawski, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 18 May , 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 19 May , 2018
REMEMBERING

Dr. Frederick Barry Roberts

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Leigh Williams

17 May 2018

He was a lovely man. On the night the twins were born in an emergency c-section, I lay alone in the operating room. He came and leaned down to whisper words of encouragement and comfort.

I'll never forget how kind he was.

Teresa Turner

16 May 2018

Our Daughter was born in 1980 by c-section and Dr. Roberts held my hand the whole way through while Dr. Fish was performing the surgery until my Daughter was born. He was an amazing Dr. for many of our Turner kids as he called them.

Mary Bannon

15 May 2018

Dr. Roberts was a Great Pediatrician! We worked many hours together in the Nursery at Nac Medical Center. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always made everyone laugh.
But it was his gentleness with the parents of the newborns, that will always be a part of my Nursery memories (especially those infants that were sick or had a tough beginning). He just had that special personality, everyone loved him.
Thank you for all the mentoring and coaching that you provided for all of us in the Nursery.
You will live forever in our Hearts!! Mary Bannon, RNC-LRN, BSN (1977-2004)

Suzanne Graupman

15 May 2018

Dr Roberts will be forever in my heart! I was a new labor and delivery nurse in 1988 and we worked together for many years. He was always teaching us with a smile on his face, joyful and yet always in control of every situation. He was my babies first doctor and he always brought up the story that my 3 year old told me to “chill out!” He loved to laugh and joke around! He always gave us a little gift at Christmas and I cherish all of them! It was a great time to work with him at the hospital and sometimes filling in at his office. May the Lord send one million angels to comfort his family and I know he is going to be missed!
Suzanne, RN

Justin Rhoden

15 May 2018

I was a patient of Dr. Roberts when I was a little boy. Still my favorite doctor. The memories are vague but I'll never forget getting a red sucker after every appointment.

Betty Montgomery

15 May 2018

Condolences to your family.
I still have Dr. Roberts' book.
My grandchildren are benefiting from his wisdom.
He was a kind and caring physician with a great sense of humor.
May he rest in peace.

Jill Carrington

15 May 2018

It was a delight to have Barry audit one of my art history courses in the SFASU School of Art soon after he retired. He sat in the front row and enjoyed the course immensely. When I saw him at art, music or theater events,, he would always ask if I still provide bananas on exam days. He lived life passionately and with unfailing attention to others who needed help.

Anita Howard

15 May 2018

1985 my Son was born and very sick. He could not keep any milk or milk products down. He would projectile vomit. Dr. Robert's had just gotten back from a conference on this same subject. Esophageal reflux. So it was diagnosed. My baby was getting the right treatment now. We loved the Doc. He saved by baby's life. Blessed.

Delores Johnson-Montgomery

15 May 2018

In the month December 1987 my son 8 months old at the time had a seizure & Dr Roberts came to the hospital to treat him & also with my daughter.. when she was 4 her checkup detected abnormal blood... the clinic would not tell me exactly what it was so I took her to Dr Roberts & he immediately got on the phone & got the answer... decided right then no one could ever be more caring then him... he explained everything which was in his way “everything was gonna be alright”
We have lost a great man but his legend will live on

Karen Castillo-Shirk

14 May 2018

Dr. Roberts was the best pediatrician ever! My five children and I loved him dearly and I so appreciate everything he did for our family as well as the community. He was the one who encouraged me to go to nursing school. He was like a big gentle teddy bear, so kind and caring with the children. We will miss you, but you have earned your rest. May God bless you and your family.