Bernard Roberts, 84, formerly of Brier Hill
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 8:53 pm

BRIER HILL/MORRISTOWN -- Formerly of Brier Hill, passed away January 31,2018 . Mr. Roberts has been a resident at RiverLedge facility since April 2015.

Bernard was born October 1st, 1933 in New York Mills, NY, the son of the late Fredrick and Eva Mutchler Roberts. On October 3,1953 he married Shirley A. Stowe of Morristown.

He enjoyed owning and riding horses. He loved painting and gardening. He played many instruments and enjoyed singing and dancing. He and Shirley enjoyed entertaining many friends and family at their home hosting showers, weddings, and cook outs just for fun. He enjoyed entertaining friends and family with his keyboard on many occasions.

Bernard was a honorably discharged navy veteran who served in the Korean War on the USS Missouri until October 7th, 1954.

He worked on the Saint Lawrence Seaway driving Ukes for a time during construction. Then he went to work at St. Joe lead mine in Gouverneur, NY. He also worked road construction helping to dynamite through rocks to build State Highway Route 12 from Morristown to Alexandria Bay, NY and putting in guard rails from Alexandria Bay to Watertown and back again on Interstate 81 which he proudly said are still here today. He also worked in Tupper Lake on a road crew and also constructed steel buildings in Lake Placid, NY.

Wanting to work closer to home he began working for Tim Vinch Construction and also Bill Jones hired him to do masonry work for a time before he worked as a self-employed handyman doing construction, plumbing, electrical, masonry and house building for James Phillips Sr. and Donald Ceresoli Sr.

Mr. Roberts enjoyed working on his own and others' cars, changing motors and everything for friends and family. He was truly a jack of all trades.

Most of all he was proud to be an active member of the congregation of Jehovah’ Witnesses where he enjoyed volunteering his time sharing in the bible education work and assisting others to understand what the bible teaches. John 5:28&29.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Shirley A. Roberts; sons Rodney G. and wife Doris Roberts of Brier Hill, John A. Roberts of Arizona and Christopher M. and wife Brenda Roberts of Hammond; daughters Michele A. and husband Harvey Bender of Tennessee, Lisa L. and husband Michael Gemmill of Brier Hill, and Lorraine L. and husband David Starks of Idaho; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bernard was predeceased by his siblings, John, Harold, Fredrick, Alberta and Lorraine; a three year old daughter, Faline M. Roberts; an infant son, Daniel M. Roberts; and twin granddaughters Rachael L. and Rebekah L. Gemmill.

There are no calling hours for Mr. Roberts, but a memorial talk will be given by William Jones in Massena, NY at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 71 Bayley Road at 11:00 a.m. on February 3, 2018.

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Memorial Contributions may be made to the Massena Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 71 Bayley Road Massena, NY 13662.