OBITUARY

G. Brian Roberts

March 14, 1944March 21, 2021

G. Brian Roberts- born on March 14, 1944 and passed away on March 21, 2021. Beloved husband to Carol. Cherished father to Mackenzie, Carly (Kevin) Klein, and Gina (Andrew) Bui. Devoted grandfather to Kevin, Colin, and Brendan Klein, and Eden Bui. Brother to Tom (Mary) Roberts, Sharon (Peter) McBride, Elizabeth (Paul) Smith, Gary (Donna) Roberts, James Roberts, Jean (Brett) Hennessy, and the late Raymond Roberts (Diane Needham). Dear uncle to several nieces and nephews. And loyal, fun-loving friend to so many.

He was a dedicated, professional, and highly respected funeral director; an avid golfer, reader, and beach-goer; a proud Vietnam veteran (Air Force), St. Joe’s alumnus, and Signum Fidei recipient; and always the life of the party. He was easy to laugh. And easy to love.

Visitation will be held on Monday March 29, 2021, 2:00 - 8:00 pm at the Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Rd, East Amherst, New York. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday March 30, 2021, 10:30 am at St Gregory the Great RC Church, 200 St Gregory Court, Williamsville, New York.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Athletic Department and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Memorial masses may also be offered in remembrance of him. Online condolences may be offered at denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.

May you think of him fondly whenever you don your sunglasses.

To view the mass live streamed Tuesday please visit www.stgregs.org/live-stream

  • DONATIONS

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • St. Joseph's Collegiate Inst. Athletic Dept.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Memories

G. Brian Roberts

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Annlouise Cirelli

April 1, 2021

Dear Carol and Family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of Brian. We will always remember his smile and friendly demeanor, his towering stance and, of course, his sunglasses. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

We are making a donation in his memory to the St. Vincent. De Paul Society. May he Rest In Peace. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Warmly,
Annlouise Cirelli & daughter Risa

JOANIE VAN BUREK DEHM

April 1, 2021

Dear Carol and Family.....
How lucky we were to have been raised and jitterbugged our way through our teen years in the fifties and early sixties ! I went to Amherst High School and had Betsy Stapler as a wonderful friend from Eggert Rd, Elementary.....ALSO ......the Staplers were neighbors of the Roberts Family at Bertie .....Birdie???....Bay ! Through Betsy, Brian and I met in 9thgrade, along with the Collard, Rittling. Lyons, Khulman etc. gang of St. Joe's pals that Brian was so much a part. The group was the quintessential example of buddies that would remain a part of each others lives forever. Who of us realized how quickly "forever" would pass!? I enjoyed seeing your family photos so much and they underscored the teenage boy that was always so gentle and kind. How lucky you all were to share him as a husband, Dad,Grandfather, and friend. I still enjoy that kind of friendship with Patsy Stelly and Leslie Rittling.
Brian , of course, was our choice to take care of our family's arrangements in 1998 when our mother died suddenly. He was such a comfort to us all !
My dearest thoughts go to all of you now as you lay Brian into the arms of God.
With nothing but lovely memories ......fondly, Joanie Van Burek Dehm

Dave Collard

March 31, 2021

Brian has set a wonderful example for all of us to follow on how to deal with a life ending illness. I still can’t believe how positive he was during his entire illness journey. “Feeling good, Dave, and doctors are doing a great job.” We never heard any negative words from him and never once a “why me”?. Instead, he talked about how lucky he was to have met Carol and of course to have his three daughters (how very proud Brian was of his girls) and his grandchildren. I can visualize his smile when he told me about his granddaughter, Eden. To the end Brian thought that he was luckiest/blessed guy in the world.
Many words describe Brian: his love of his country, his somewhat conservative politics, and many more--- but the one that stands out to me was Brian’s great empathy and that is why he was such a great friend, a devoted family man and the very best in his profession. We will miss you Brian but not forget you. Rest in peace dear friend.
Dave Collard, friend of 67 years

Bonnie McMichael

March 30, 2021

Neighborhood Memory:
I do have a favorite Mr. Roberts story. It is from Girl Scout cookie time....

The girls always said that if they caught Mrs. Roberts she would say , “ Oh, no thank you, we don’t need any.”
If they caught Mr. Roberts, he would reach for his wallet and pay for them before Carol could say anything...🥰
So of course, they watched for opportunity.
I bet the three Roberts girls knew this trick as well!..... (You have to be firm and disciplined to be a school teacher...Also we ladies are always working on the waistline!)

Personal Memory:
I also now recall an image of Brian donning his sunglasses as we were starting the funeral procession at my mom’s funeral in July of 2013.... He of course was amazingly attentive and compassionate in all of her arrangements!
I remember thinking, “Those aren’t dollar store shades..”.lol!
I need the dollar store glasses because I lose them all the time!

Holy Spirit comfort to Roberts family in this season!

Love,
Bonnie McMichael-Krabill

Laura Fraser

March 28, 2021

Carol, Mackenzie, Carly, and Gina - sending you much love and prayers during this difficult time. I’m so sorry I can’t be there in person to offer my condolences, but know that you are in my thoughts. Brian offered so much care and compassion to all of us over the years. He will be greatly missed. With sympathy, Laura (Julian) Fraser

Mary Oshei

March 28, 2021

So very sorry for this loss! Got to know the Roberts' family in Bertie Bay all those years ago and then again as Brian and Gary helped my family through so many funerals. Brian was a terrific guy with a wonderful sense of humor. Blessings to you all in this very sad time with love from Memo.

Larry and Kathie Whistler

March 28, 2021

We first met Brian when he drove us from our wedding reception to the Buffalo Airport 55 + years ago. Good memories.

MARCIA CARR

March 28, 2021

I am saddened to read of the recent death of Brian. He was a wonderful man and a great friend to my brother (Bill Tanner) - I know how much he will be missed.

Mary Crangle Stepanik

March 28, 2021

Dear Gary and entire Roberts family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Brian was a pillar of strength, compassion, kindness & understanding. His warm smile, genuine hugs, and easy going nature made our families hardest goodbyes to loved ones, easier. His professionalism & warmth as a special human being was always evident. You are in our prayers & have our sincerest condolences. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful pictures of his smile & the incredible rainbow... he will be with you always!
God bless you all as you grieve his passing.
Love Mary & all the Crangles❤️🌈❤️

Gabrielle Lanich

March 28, 2021

I was very sorry to hear of Brian's passing. I remember working many funerals with him. Always a nice and easy person to work with. I will always remember his nickname for me. Whenever he saw me he would say "hey angel." I will miss you G.

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Biography

G. Brian Roberts
MARCH 14, 1944 – MARCH 21, 2021
G. Brian Roberts was born on March 14, 1944 and passed away on March 21, 2021.

Beloved husband to Carol. Cherished father to Mackenzie, Carly (Kevin) Klein, and Gina (Andrew) Bui. Devoted grandfather to Kevin, Colin, and Brendan Klein, and Eden Bui. Brother to Tom (Mary) Roberts, Sharon (Peter) McBride, Elizabeth (Paul) Smith, Gary (Donna) Roberts, James Roberts, Jean (Brett) Hennessey, and the late Raymond Roberts (Diane Needham). Dear uncle to several nieces and nephews. And loyal, fun-loving friend to so many.

He was a dedicated, professional, and highly respected funeral director; an avid golfer, reader, and beach-goer; a proud Vietnam veteran (Air Force), St. Joe’s alumnus, and Signum Fidei recipient; and always the life of the party. He was easy to laugh. And easy to love.

Visitation will be held on Monday March 29, 2021, 2:00 - 8:00 pm at the Dengler, Roberts, Perna Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Rd, East Amherst, New York. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday March 30, 2021, 10:30 am at St Gregory the Great RC Church, 200 St Gregory Court, Williamsville, New York.

Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made in his name to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Athletic Department and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Memorial masses may also be offered in remembrance of him. Online condolences may be offered at denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.

May you think of him fondly whenever you don your sunglasses.