William V. Roberts

February 16, 1952
- June 02, 2012

ATKINSON - William V. Roberts, 60, husband of Debra (Morrison) Roberts, passed away June 2, 2012, at his home in his beloved town of Atkinson. He was born Feb. 18, 1952, in Dover-Foxcroft, the son of Harold and Hilda (Rose) Roberts. Billy was a graduate of Penquis Valley High School, class of 1970. He worked for Maine Department of Transportation for 25 years, retiring in 2000. After his retirement he went to work for Patten Farms for the next nine years. Billy's love for the outdoors was immeasurable; and when it came to hunting and fishing, he was there. He loved the first days of hunting with kids and took many of them who happily came home with a turkey or deer. This meant more to him than any number of deer or turkeys he ever shot. He had a story for every hunt and if you had the time to listen he would tell you. Billy was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and numerous other hunting clubs. In addition to his loving wife, Debby, Billy is survived by his two daughters, Hillary Roberts Johnson and her husband, Michael, of Augusta and Hilda Roberts and her husband, John Dyer, of East Dover; a granddaughter, Olivia M. Johnson of Augusta; a brother, Michael Roberts of Corinth; and a sister, Sheryl Carey and her husband, Alasco, of Atkinson. Billy was the type of person that had "never met a stranger." He had so many friends it would be impossible to list them all. A lifelong friend and hunting partner that can't go unmentioned is Mike Pearl. He also leaves behind his cousin, Dave Roberts; his "little hunting buddy," Eli Maheu; his "like the son he never had," Josh Roberts; his "gun talking buddy," Zack Dow; and all his buddies at Jimmy Brawn's Store, "The Atkinson Country Club," who he met daily for early morning coffee. The family thanks Tim at Piscataquis County Sheriff's Office, all the emergency medical technicians and ambulance crew, and Mayo Regional Hospital's emergency room department, who all made heroic efforts to save Billy's life. Atkinson has been Billy's home for 60 years and he knew every square inch of it. He loved his town and would never leave it. He will be buried in the Roberts' family lot at North Atkinson Cemetery. A memorial service will be held noon Saturday, June 9, at Atkinson Fire Hall. The family asks that you please bring your hunting and fishing stories to share. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maine Apprentice Hunter Program, Greenland Point Center, P.O. Box 33, Princeton, ME 04668 or Hooked on Fishing, care of Jim Ellis, 59 Atkinson Road, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft. Memories and messages of condolence may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com. "Billy, My final thoughts are, I know you will be waiting with open arms for me, but I will stay behind and take care of the girls. I know you wouldn't have left me so early if you could have stayed longer. I don't have to tell you, you were the love of my life, you already knew that. Until we meet again, I love you Billy -Debby"

Published in BDN Maine on June 4, 2012

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