William D. Roberts
November 6, 1958 – October 5, 2019
William D. Roberts, Sr. “Billy” - of Scituate passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 5, 2019 at the age of 60. Bill valiantly fought lung disease for the past five years and never let his illness keep him from being with his family and keeping an active lifestyle.
Billy was raised in Randolph, the fourth generation of his family to have lived there, and thirty-eight years ago moved to Scituate where he raised his family and was active in coaching local sports. His high school athletic career in hockey and baseball was embellished with awards and accolades and records-setting accomplishments. His love of sports, including the Bruins, Red Sox, and the Patriots was his passion. Billy was a coach for over fifteen years with the South Shore Seahawks hockey teams and for over five years with the Scituate Little League.
Billy was born November 6, 1958 to the late Arthur J. Roberts, Sr. and Janet M. Roberts. Beloved father of William D. "Billy" Roberts, Jr. of Scituate, Jennifer Marie Roberts and her partner David Reardon of Pembroke, Brian Roberts and his wife Karla of Hingham and Ashley Roberts and her husband, Charles McLaughlin of Scituate. He is also survived by his brothers, Arthur J. Roberts, Jr. of Scituate and Stephen M. Roberts of Scituate. He leaves eight grandchildren who will miss “Papa” terribly. Billy also leaves the mother of his children, Gertrude Roberts of Marshfield.
Visitation Saturday, October 13, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate.
A funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate. Burial in St. Mary of the Nativity Cemetery, Scituate.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent St. Scituate, MA 02066 in Billy’s name.
- Family Visitation Saturday, October 12, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, October 12, 2019
William D. Roberts
October 13, 2019
.....it was late in the game - may have even been OT, and there was a scramble in the offensive zone in front of the net, and the puck ends up on Billy's stick - I think Kevin Craven may have put it there - and as Billy used to tell it, he looked up and all he saw was his brother Stevie behind the glass in back of the net waving his arms wildly and yelling "Roof it Billy - Roof it!!" And so Billy went top shelf and put in the winning goal. I think it was one of Billy's favorite memories too.
Anyhow, I just want to say how lucky I feel to have known Billy. He got more out of life than almost anyone I've ever known. He always gave it his all - no matter what he was doing - sports, business, family - even conversation - he could talk your ear off on ANY subject. He had an incredible memory for people, places, and events. I LOVED talking with Billy - he truly was an original. He was just so damn enthusiastic about life. And he fought so incredibly hard to hold on to it for as long as he possibly could.
Whenever I find myself feeling the least bit sorry for myself, I honestly just think of Billy and what he went through these past five years and it instantly puts everything into perspective.
We are in this life for far too brief a moment, and we've got to cherish everything and everyone around us while we are still here.
I loved Billy and I miss him already, and I know you all do as well.
October 13, 2019
.......I also had no clue about how Billy was driving before the rest of us. He was almost a year younger than everyone else - but he got his license first? :-)
Sports as everyone knows, was where Billy really excelled. I only played hockey with him, but a few of my friends played baseball with Billy, and as Arthur mentioned, he was a phenomenal pitcher. I guess he was playing for Good Brothers Ford in Little League at the time he struck out 25 batters in a row one game - but then he purposely let Geoff Carr get a hit, cause he was having such a lousy day! (And it probably didn't hurt that Geoff was his right wing in Bantams at the time :-)
Billy was also a crack statistician - he had Geoff convinced that Wayne Crooker, another phenomenal athlete from Billy's neighborhood, was hitting 1046 in Babe Ruth. Soooo, basically he had more hits than he had times at bat!
Geoff was usually the quarterback at St. Mary's during recess, and he said Billy would catch every single pass he'd throw to him - and not because Geoff was any Tom Brady, but because Billy was a foot taller than everyone else at the time. Geoff says Billy would then deck whoever was covering him anyways - just for good measure.
And it wasn't just football, baseball and hockey; Billy knew the rules inside out to all sports - when he and Geoff started golfing at age 13, he convinced Geoff that it was perfectly acceptable on each and every hole, to tee up your first shot in the middle of the fairway - and I think Geoff still abides by that rule - even today.
One of my favorite sports memories of Billy is during the State Tournament one year in hockey. I'm not sure exactly which year - I think 1975 - but I know we got pretty far. It was during the time we had some incredible hockey talent in Randolph - Rod Langway, Joey Carlevale, Danny Sullivan, Scott Herman - all the big guns. Anyways, I think it was at Ridge Arena in Braintree, and either Mike Frates or myself was in net..........
October 13, 2019
I wrote this for Billy on my way up from Baltimore yesterday morning - just in case Arthur found himself at a loss for words (which we all know is rarely the case ;-) It was a beautiful service and a very touching eulogy. The family did a wonderful job!
Goodbye Billy - you were a hell of a guy and a great friend.
I'm going to miss you...
Good morning everyone,
My name is Chris Brady and I grew up in Randolph.
I'd like to thank Billy's family for allowing me the opportunity to say a few words. Lord knows that Billy had a ton of friends - so I consider it an honor to be selected among all of them to speak on their behalf - and that's the perspective I wanted to share - that of a friend growing up with Billy and especially of playing sports together.
I moved from Avon to Randolph when I was in elementary school and I believe Billy was attending St. Mary's at the time, so I didn't know him through school initially, but I know there are a bunch of folks here today that could relay tales from his early school days.
One of my favorite early memories of Billy was double-dating with him at the Avon Drive-In. Billy drove the four of us in his giant tan Dodge Polara (which I'm reminded he could cram nine of us guys in - to save on gas money) So Billy was actually a Pioneer - with the very first SUV. I don't think he had a name for his car - and we just called it "Billy's Boat." Anyhow, it was actually my very first real date I'd ever been on and Billy immediately proceeded to horrify the young lady I was with when he told her she would have to hop in the trunk in order to sneak in. He was only kidding and the date went fine - I just remember him winking at me in the rear view mirror as I sat like a statute in the back seat with this cute little girl from California, who figured out pretty quickly that her date had zero clue about women........to be continued....
October 12, 2019
Bill RIP my old friend. May God bless you and your family.
October 10, 2019
I live at 77 Wheeler Park. Billy was my neighbor. My late son Sean was very friendly with Billy. A brave man for all he endured. He will be missed greatly. Love and prayers to all his family. Sin cerly Anna and Marshall.
October 10, 2019
Had some good times with ya after games....great athlete better person..Godspeed..prayers sent...
October 9, 2019
I am shocked and saddened to hear about Billy. I saw him frequently in the harbor and he was always in good spirits even though I knew he was suffering. I am working this Saturday and am very sorry I won't be able to attend his service. I'd like to give my condolences to my 1st, 2nd & 3rd cousins and also to Cookie. God Bless Billy and his entire family.
October 9, 2019
Billy, glad you are at peace..you fought the good fight. I will always remember you for your wonderful smile and great wit.....you will be missed by all that knew you... Fly high with the Angels my friend...