John F. "Jack" Roberts

  • Born: February 14, 1941
  • Died: April 25, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family


John "Jack" Roberts, a longtime resident of Melrose, MA, died with his family by his side on April 25, 2020, at age 79. Jack was a loving husband to Margaret "Peggy" Roberts for 31 years until her death in November 2001. He was the son of the late George and Julia Roberts, both of County Kerry, Ireland. Jack was predeceased by his brothers, George and Joseph, and sister, Marilyn; he was also close to his extended family of much-loved in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Raised in Malden, he was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School and Boston College, where he majored in Economics and Mathematics. While in college, he was a member of the National Guard where he drove troop transports. After graduating from Boston College in 1964, he worked in the insurance industry until his retirement in 2004. A selfless husband, father, grandfather, friend and active member of the Melrose community, Jack was known by many youth sports participants as Coach Roberts. Jack served as longtime president of the Saint Mary's chapter of St. Vincent de Paul Society, assisting those in need. He was an avid fisherman, golfer and reader, and he found the greatest joy later in his life with his roles of "Papa" and "Grandpa Jack."

Jack leaves behind his daughter Katie and her husband, Jim Mannion; his son John and his wife, Marybeth; and his son David and his wife, Kristen. Jack also leaves behind his adored grandchildren, Maura, Jack, Liam and Grace Roberts, and Aidan and Kathryn Mannion. Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the services will be private. A mass and celebration of Jack's life is planned for a later date yet to be determined. As a gesture of sympathy, donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society c/o St. Mary's Church, 46 Myrtle Street Melrose, MA 02176 or Friends of the Melrose Public Library, 69 W Emerson St, Melrose, MA 02176 (https://friends-of-melrose-public-library.square.site/#ecFBlf).