Edwin Albert Roberts Jr.
November 14, 1932 – August 8, 2019
Edwin A. Roberts, Jr., 86, of Tampa, passed away on August 8, 2019. He was born November 14, 1932 in Weehawken, New Jersey. Edwin was the son of the late Edwin A. Roberts, Sr. and Agnes Seuferling Roberts.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack and Alan Roberts.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Collins Roberts; daughters Elizabeth (Juan), Leslie, Amy (Richard), and Jacqueline (Carlos); twelve grandchildren, Katharine (John), Paul, Caroline, William, Edwin, Tyler, Collin, Clare, John Paul, Emma, Joseph, and Nicholas; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jack; and his brother Peter (Yumi).
He was a newspaper journalist for 50 years. He worked for The Wall Street Journal, The National Observer (where he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1974), and The Detroit News. For the last 20 years of his career, he was the editorial page editor and a columnist for The Tampa Tribune.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church, 12708 N. Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, www.give.moffitt.org/site/Donation2?1080.donation=form1&df_id=1080&mfc_pref=T or to The Society of St Vincent de Paul www.svdptampa.org/donations.com
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
St. Paul Catholic Church
12708 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Trintiy Memorial Gardens
12609 Memorial Dr
Edwin Albert Roberts Jr.
August 19, 2019
I had the great pleasure of many meetings and talks with Ed when he was in charge of Editorials with the Tampa Tribune during my time as an environmental activist and as a County Commissioner. Ed put together a terrific editorial staff. He always had Tampa in his heart and the forefront of his thoughts. He was positive and tenacious about our future and believed in the importance of maintaining the integrity and independence of the Tribune's editorial opinion. He had a unique capacity, in my view, to consider and evaluate facts and apply them to changing circumstances, so that editorial opinion continued to evolve with our changing town and times. He helped to foster the climate for positive change in our County, and helped to usher in a new, fresh generation of political and community leadership that was forwarding thinking. Tampa surely misses the independent and focused voice of editorial writers like Ed and his colleagues. Rest in peace.
August 14, 2019
Ed brought me down here from Iowa and literally changed my life. He was a great boss, teacher, mentor, you name it. He made it a pleasure to come to work every day. I haven't seen or heard from him in years, but I will miss him.