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James L. Roberts

May 19, 1953 — March 11, 2018

James L. "Hat" Roberts, Jr., age 64, passed away in the Boston Medical Center on Sunday, March 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Born in the Naval Hospital in St. Albans, New York on May 19, 1953, he was the son of James L. Roberts, Sr. and the late Dorothy A. Wilbur. He was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts and attended Walpole High School.

Jim began his career as a mechanic working at Russ Green's Exxon in Walpole. He later worked at Jack O'Leary's Route 1 Exxon and P & T Wallview Service Center before taking a position with Daley Service Center in Norfolk. While working at Daley's, Jim married his beloved wife, Brenda E. Graham, on October 7, 1978 in Blessed Sacrament Church in Walpole. The young couple initially lived in Walpole before settling into their home in Foxborough and eventually making their home together in Wrentham, Massachusetts. Jim continued working at Daley's for 32 years, retiring only in 2011. After retiring from Daley's Jim worked as a part time Zamboni driver and janitor at both Iorio Ice Arena in Walpole and Foxboro Sports Complex in Foxboro until 2015.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman and loved taking quail hunting trips with his wife and English Setters to South Carolina. Back at home in Massachusetts, he was a life member of the Walpole Sportsman's Association, where he enjoyed participating in trap and skeet shooting as well as the indoor archery league. Because of all the hard work that "Hat" donated to WSA and his skills as an outdoorsman, he was awarded Sportsman of the Year. Jim also had a passion for motorcycles and took various trips with Brenda around the United States and Canada.

Beloved husband of Brenda E. (Graham) Roberts.
Devoted son of James L. Roberts, Sr. of Franklin and the late Dorothy A. Wilbur.
Loving brother of Robert W. Roberts and his wife Marilyn of Easton, John F. Roberts of Wrentham, David F. Roberts and his wife Roberta of Walpole, Patricia A. Owens and her husband Craig of Franklin, Steven A. Roberts and his wife Nancy of Attleboro, Kevin A. Roberts and his wife Sandra of Mansfield, and the late William T. Roberts.
Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Jim's Life Celebration on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 2 to 5 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. Funeral service and interment will be private at the request of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: The MSPCA, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

  • Life Celebration

    Saturday, March 24
    2:00 PM to 5:00 PM


    James H. Delaney and Son Funeral Home

    48 Common Street
    Walpole, MA
    (508) 668-1960


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