OBITUARY

Gary Anthony Roberts

April 14, 1956May 28, 2020

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, Gary Roberts, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully at the age of 64 after a brief illness. He was surrounded by his wife and daughter, and now is reunited with his son, Clay, in Heaven.

A native of Jacksonville, Gary was raised on the Westside and graduated from Ed White High School in 1974. While at Jeb Stuart Junior High, he found a passion for music and regularly played trombone in many church and jazz bands until his death.

Gary graduated from Mercer University of Atlanta (1981) with an advanced degree in Pharmacy (PharmD) and a residency in IV nutrition (TPN), one of the first pharmacists in the nation to specialize in this therapy. Upon returning to Jacksonville, Gary was the Clinical Pharmacist at Riverside Hospital where he developed protocols for successfully maintaining a TPN patient outside of the hospital setting, unheard of at the time. This spawned a business in IV therapies, which was later purchased by a major prescription benefit manager. After the purchase, Gary longed to return to his retail pharmacy roots, and despite a tough economy, he opened Roberts Southbank Pharmacy in San Marco in 2009, which thrives to this day.

Upon the death of his son Clay in 2007, Gary envisioned and created the nonprofit In River Or Ocean (IROO) to instill in the community the greatness of being on the water with friends and family, whether fishing or boating. The Roberts established a college scholarship in Clay’s name at Bishop Kenny, awarded annually, for the senior student who most exhibits the qualities and character of Clay.

Gary was preceded in death by his son, Clay, his father, Tillman Roberts and his mother, Mildred Rogero. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Terry, and his daughter Casey.

A memorial service celebrating Gary’s life and reunion with his son in Heaven will be announced at a future date.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family asks that donations be made to In River Or Ocean, 1625 Atlantic Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207 or www.inriverorocean.org.

Hardage-Giddens Riverside Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32205 is serving the family. Please leave words of comfort and condolences for the family on our online guest register at www.hgriversidefuneralhome.com

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Linda Di Teodoro

July 26, 2020

I met Gary years ago. I was referred to his Pharmary by a friend. I knew at once I was going to be a regular client.
Gary showed true concern and love for all his clients. He even helped me with my very sick cat.
He will be so missed in the community of San Marco and the medical community.
Rest in peace Gary!!!❤️❤️
Thank you for all you did!

Valerie Marcial

July 25, 2020

I had the blessing of having worked briefly with Gary back in 2005 until 2007. I worked directly under him as one of his administrative assistants during that time at Accredo. Gary made such an impression on me because he was Always such a kind and humble person. Always very understanding, hard working and always looking out for the best interest of others. He was the General Manager and the best boss I have ever had till this day. I always Remember him being a Christian first, then a boss. I had the pleasure of Sharing conversations about Christ and our mutual love for music in the church. He always spoke so lovingly about his family and wife, Terry. I remember how proudly he would speak of his son Clay, and how strong he and his family were after having lost him and his mother at the same time. Gary was the one who inspired me to pursue a career in Pharmacy and gave me the opportunity to become a pharmacy technician back in 2007. Had it not been for Gary hiring me all those years ago I wouldn’t be where I am now as a technician. Thank you Gary for having been such a positive pillar in the community of Jacksonville, and having had the honor of working alongside you. May you Rest In Peace, Gary. You will be missed. I await the day where I will be able to see you again in heaven with Jesus. My condolences and prayers are with you Terry, and Casey. May the Lord continue to bless you and give you peace during this difficult time. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” -Acts 16:31. God bless you and you family.

Jennifer Riles

June 22, 2020

I met Gary on a day where i just happened to drive by and see his pharmacy. I couldnt find a medicine that my husband needed and decided just to stop and give it a whirl.
Gary was very helpful and so friendly. I could tell that he loved his job and that his customers meant a lot to him. I always looked forward to going in every month to have a humourous conversation with him. Found out that he lived in the same neighborhood i grew up in and that his daughter went to Bishop Kenny , the same school i did.
Gary was just a nice and kind man. You do not find someone anymore that when you walk in say hi, Jenny and ask how Jessie was doing. He always was smiling and always a delight to be around.
When Jess told me about Mr. Gary yesterday, it knocked the air out of me and instant tears formed. So sorry to hear this.
I send out my love and prayers to his wife and casey. He will greatly missed and never forgotten. May the Lord hold his family in his loving arms and offer peace thru this grieving time.

Jessie & Jennifer Riles

Renee Soforenko

June 17, 2020

I was stunned to find out today Gary had passed away . I truly adored this man, and will treasure our brief conversations together. He was always cheerful, friendly, and concerned.

Karen Creamer

June 9, 2020

Everytime the news would interview Gary, it did my heart good to see a classmate and his accomplishments! He was always kind and so down to earth as he spoke with knowledge to the press.
My heart hurts for his loved ones as your loss is great.
With prayers for comfort,
Karen Holland Creamer

Rita Cope

June 9, 2020

I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Dr Roberts passing. He was always so nice ,kind and amazing. My own Dr always spoke so highly of him. He knew his customers by their name , kidded around with them. I always wanted to call him Dr Roberts , but he’d always say , I’m Gary. Such a joy to talk with him. He shall be so missed. Heaven definitely gained a angel with a beautiful voice and heart. God bless his family . Many prayers and hugs to you all. Rita Cope

Robert Blade

June 9, 2020

I knew Mr. Roberts as a customer in his pharmacy: when I came in, he invariably looked up from his work from behind the counter and greeted me by name; he was careful to listen and answer my questions. I wasn't an exception; everyone was treated the same. He was a true gentleman and will be missed.

Roger Beale, Sr.

June 8, 2020

Mr. Roberts was a true gentleman. You always felt at ease around Gary. He was dedicated to his profession, family, and friends. He will be missed by many but remembered for years. If there were more individuals like Gary, this world would be a better place. My God hold you in the palms of his hands. To the family our prayers and thoughts are with you. Stay strong as that is what Gary would want.
Roger and Sequana Beale

Elizabeth Figura

June 7, 2020

Mr. Roberts was the most amazing pharmacist I have ever met. He was always a listening ear, was full of warmth, and made you feel like you were his only customer.

He will be seriously missed. What a lovely man!

Liz Figura

Russell Lawler

June 7, 2020

Terry and Casey,
I was stunned this morning when I read Gary’s obituary in the paper . I am glad that I stopped by the pharmacy a couple of months ago and was able to joke around with him. We worked together at Riverside Hospital and did some nursing home consulting. We had more fun than you can imagine when we “worked” together....Gary had a knack for making things fun. What great guy and friend.
God bless you all,
Rusty and Jill Lawler

FROM THE FAMILY