ORIENT - On a sunny Wednesday, May 8, 2013, afternoon, at his home overlooking East Grand Lake, the angels came to walk Sherman S. "Blondie" Roberts, 76, to his peaceful rest after a long, brave battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born Nov. 19, 1936, in Brooks, son of Walter and Essie (Webber) Roberts.
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He was a 1955 graduate of Morse Memorial High School, Brooks, and then served in the U.S. Air Force. "Blondie" retired from Cianbro Corp. in December 1998, after 36 years of employment. He was very much loved and respected by the many men and women that he met, worked with and mentored during those years. He was an avid hunter and ice fisherman, enjoyed ATVing, raising chickens and pheasants and working in his garden. He served on the shoreline zoning planning board for the town of Orient for several years and will be fondly remembered by his neighbors and friends on MacAllister Cove who attended the annual Labor Day lobster feed hosted at his home. There are many who will attest to the fact that he made the best apple pie and blueberry muffins around.
Sherman is survived by his loving companion, Barbara Sharpe of Orient; brother, Linwood Roberts of Auburn; two sisters, Joan Splittorff of Auburn and Laurene Wright of Nokomis, Fla.; Terry Sprague of Morrill, whom he loved and thought of as his son, and Terry's three children; several nieces and nephews; and of course Sherman's faithful springer spaniel, Mariah. Sherman was predeceased by his parents; and two brothers, Keith and Neil.
Graveside services will be announced at a later date. Donations in his honor may be made online to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at www.michaeljfox.org or to a
. For an online memory book and to leave condolences, please visit www.bowerfuneral.com.
Published in BDN Maine on May 11, 2013