NORTH FERRISBURGH — Larry “Grandpa” Anthony Roberts passed away peacefully in his home on the morning of Sunday December 16th with his wife Tonya at his side, after a yearlong courageous battle with Leukemia. Larry was born on March 6th 1947 to Sylvester and Elmira Roberts of Ferrisburgh VT. He leaves behind his wife, Tonya and his 3 stepchildren Jeffery Brown and his son Tyler, Darla Stygles and her husband Ken, and Morgan Brown and her partner Darren Hatcher and their son Gavin. Larry also leaves his ex-wife Cynthia Roberts and son Aaron and his wife Helen and 2 grandchildren Amanda and Caleb Roberts.
Larry was the youngest of 5 siblings; he was predeceased by his brother Robert “Bob” of Phoenix AZ, survived by William “Skip” and his wife Doris of Addison, Yvonne “Polly” Sisters of Vergennes, and Jerry and BJ of Laughlin NV along with numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and -nephews.
Larry graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1965. Soon after graduation he began a 30-year career in various capacities at IBM in Essex. After retiring from IBM in the mid ’90s, Larry began a quest to fill his time. He worked a few years as a carpenter and started his own handyman business.
On July 4th 1998 Larry and Tonya married and soon after he began working at Taylor Rental in Middlebury, always commenting how wonderful it was to work for Chris Bagley, until health reasons forced him to stop in 2011. Larry has always had a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing. He loved to be at his camp surrounded by his friends and family, especially Joe and Gary, during the hunting seasons. If you have ever talked to Larry, it was a safe bet that the conversation would probably end up being a dialog about turkeys or deer.
We will miss his infectious smile and endless stories of the “Big” ones that always seem to get away.
Family and friends are welcome to join us in a celebratory gathering to honor the memory of Larry Roberts at the American Legion, 100 Armory Lane Vergennes, VT 05491 on Saturday, December 22nd from 11am to 3pm. We will have prayer for Larry at 12:00. ◊
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