2010-04-23 / Obits

Walter J. Roberts

Insurance Company Entrepreneur

Walter J. Roberts, 84, a lifelong Rockaway resident, died April 18.

Roberts was born on May 29, 1925 in Rockaway Beach and was the owner of Walter J. Roberts Insurance Agency where he serviced the residents of Rockaway for 42 years until his retirement in 1986. He graduated from Far Rockaway High School and is a World War II veteran who served with the engineers and landed in Normandy. Roberts was the former President of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus Rockaway Beach member and Catholic Charities fundraiser. He was an avid golfer who played regularly until he was 79.

Roberts was preceded in death by his daughter, Christine.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Sherwood; sons, John and Richard; daughter, Virginia Dobles; grandchildren, Gregory, Deirdre, Jaclyn, Genna, John Gabriel, Rafael and Luna; and great-granddaughter, Sophia.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home, Rockaway Beach. A funeral mass was held at St. Francis de Sales Church, Belle Harbor. Interment remained private.

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