Alan Eric Roberts died at his home in Long View, Texas, May 12, 2016, from cardiac arrest.
Alan was born in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Dodd E. and Jean F. Roberts. He moved with his family to Maine when he was four years old. Alan graduated from Orono High School, attended the University of Maine, majoring in mechanical engineering, and earned his associate's degree in auto mechanics from Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute. Following his graduation from CMVTI, Alan moved to Apple Valley, Minnesota, then to Humble, Texas, and finally to Long View, Texas, where he lived until his death.
Alan was a gifted French horn player and mechanic. He shot skeet and shot pool; he was merciless at cribbage and rummy; he fixed mean omelets and and smoky Texas barbecue; he fished and hunted, and hiked miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine; and when he was home, he loved visiting Acadia National Park, sitting by the sea, chowing down on lobster and fried clams, and sipping good Scotch. He was bright, warm-hearted, stubborn, and independent. We loved him, and we will miss him.
Alan is survived by his mother, Jean F. Roberts, of Orono, Maine; his sister, Carol R. Quimby, her husband, Gerald R. Quimby, and their two sons, Patrick E. and Benjamin D. Quimby, all of Old Town; his sister Kathryn F. King, her husband, David C. King, their son, Jeffrey D. King, all of Hampden, and their daughter, Kristina J. King, of Hulls Cove; many beloved relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Dodd E. Roberts, in July of 2002.
Burial will be private. In Alan's memory please listen to a Mozart horn concerto, chase some fried clams with a cold beer, look out to sea and feel your heart swell with joy and please take a minute to say "I love you" to the people you cherish.