OBITUARY

David Lee Roberts

April 3, 1956May 12, 2018

David Lee Roberts, 62, of Ashland, passed away on April 12, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Virginia Roberts. David was a Regulatory and Legislative Analyst for the Virginia Department of Transportation. He studied Chemistry at University of Richmond, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in 1978. He continued his education at Virginia Commonwealth University where he received a Masters' Degree in Business Administration. David is survived by his sister, Martha Chandler (Joe), brother, Al Roberts (Sharon), and niece, Sarah. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hanover Humane Society at 12190 Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA 23005 or Dogs on Call at www.chai.vcu.edu/gift-support. Online condolences may be registered at www.nelsenashland.com.

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Keith Wandtke

June 18, 2018

There were times over the past dozen years when I was out on short-term disability for different medical reasons. A couple of those times my medical conditions prohibited me from driving. Rather than permit my wife to drive me to and from work and take the children to school, Dave would show up at my house every morning at 7 AM sharp to pick me up and take me in to work. Then in the evening he would drive me back home. He did this for months. I paid him for his gas money. But he didn’t have to do it…it was what he wanted to do. People like that are hard to come by. Dave was a man of vast knowledge who possessed amazing talents. He was, by any account, a modern-day Renaissance Man. Whether it was drawing and painting, voraciously reading books on any subject under the sun, or offering his opinion on an incredibly diverse and wide-ranging number of topics, there was never a dull moment with Dave. I will miss his wise-cracking wit, his educational discourses, but most of all, his love and concern for those he cared about. He was a boss, a supervisor, but most importantly, Dave Roberts was among the best friends a person could hope to find in this world. Dave we miss you and we hope that you are at restful peace after a life spent doing whatever you could to help your fellow human beings. The following prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, a poor Italian man from the 12th and 13th centuries, who gave all he had to others, epitomizes Dave's approach to life: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

Keith Wandtke

June 18, 2018

Great lives belong to people who believe life is a generosity competition. David Lee Roberts lived a great life of astounding generosity. He intentionally performed his manifold acts of kindness out of the limelight. He never sought out recognition, reward, or even thanks for the sacrifices of time, talent, and treasure that he made for others. People who do such things astonish us because that is not the way of the world. The world teaches you to expect something in return. Not Dave. He made life more worth living for so many people with all that he did for them. I happen to be an extremely fortunate yet entirely undeserving recipient of the generosity that Dave showered so selflessly on so many. Some of my favorite Dave moments were when he’d show up at my house with Christmas gifts for the children. I remember when my oldest child was very young, how Dave brought over a book for us to read to him. He brought all three of my children several books he had found and drawings he had done over the years, and the books always had a wonderful life lesson for them. Their favorite book from him was always “The Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake.” I still read it to them to this day. In the book, the mouse has this giant cupcake and frets over how to get it home. So his friends come over one-by-one and eventually ask if they can help themselves to more and more of the cupcake. Of course the little mouse, being a very kind little mouse, always agrees to let them try some of his cupcake. Eventually, all that is left is a mouse-sized portion, which the mouse happily eats. It is only now that I realize how much that little mouse is like Dave. Maybe he knew that when he gave it to me. Always generous with what he considered his abundance, only keeping for himself that which he needed. There was so much more to Dave than meets the eye.

Steve long

June 8, 2018

What a shock. I just heard about Dave today. I knew Dave from my first day of work at VDOT in 1979 and worked with him all of my career. When you needed and answer on policy or procedure Dave was the go to person. I also had a connection to him through our neighbor down the road the Liskey's who lived outside of Harrisonburg who were his aunt and uncle. I spoke to him in late March at a gun show and he said he had been fighting a cold but was his usual wise cracking self. So sorry to lose a good friend that is my age.

Vaughan and Marjorie Valentine

May 31, 2018


Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. He was a very polite and nice neighbor. We were saddened to hear about his passing. Remember--Love near dies, it lives as memories in our hearts.

The Valentine Family
Ashland, VA

Dogs On Call at VCU Health

May 14, 2018

All of us at Dogs On Call are deeply saddened to hear of David's passing and are incredibly touched be a recipient of memorial contributions in his honor. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his loved ones and are so grateful for the support he demonstrated.

With sympathy,
Dogs On Call at VCU Health

Blair Nolde Nelson

April 23, 2018

I was truly shocked and saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Dave will be greatly missed and he will never be forgotten. My deepest condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.

Jeff Hetzer

April 19, 2018

Such a shock to hear of Dave's passing. Dave was a good friend and someone you could always depend on. We worked together directly for 15 years and Dave was the go-to person for so many areas of expertise. He could be counted on for wisdom and a wry sense of humor. Dave was quite the artist. I actually have one of his sketches in my office to this day. When one of my sons was sick, he provided a sketch of superman to help brighten his day. Dave will be remembered and missed by many.

Tod Pottage

April 18, 2018

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Jay Loftus

April 16, 2018

It was in great sadness of learning of Dave's pasting. I spoke or saw Dave several times a week and went to lunch with him often. I considered Dave not only a great co-worker but even a greater friend. Dave would give you the shirt off his back if needed. We shared many of the same interests and he would laugh at my trials and tribulations of raising 4 sons and some of the things they would do. He would tell me about his cats and I would tell him about my dogs. Dave would share his knowledge about subjects he new more about like the time he convinced me to put $400 in cables for surround sound in my man cave. He was right. In turn he would ask me about things I know how to do, like the time Dave asked me to help him buy a car. We spent the day car shopping and by the end of the day he bought a new car. He was amazed with the deal I was able to get him. We shared a lot of great moments together and I will be always grateful for knowing Dave. I will miss him greatly.

Christie Wamsley

April 15, 2018

I was deeply saddened to learn of David’s passing. I met him some years ago when I became his hairdresser, and considered him a great friend. I admired his dry humor, his good taste in bourbon, his love of felines, his admiration of a Tarintino movie, and the respect and love he showed his friends and family. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, he will be greatly missed.