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“Dear Roberts Family, I wish to offer you my sincere sympathy on the loss of your Dad. He was a fine person and a true gentleman. May he rest in...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Sheila Tighe - Melrose, MA

“John, Katie, David,You have my sincerest of condolences. I always remember your father as a loving and caring individual, a beacon of great...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Christopher Costello - Melrose, MA

“Dear Katie and family, Ron and I were saddened to hear about the loss of your father. Deepest condolences to you and your family. Ron and Linda ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Fales - Melrose, MA


4 of 13 | Posted by: usha &abraham joseph - Houston, TX

“Coach Roberts was my baseball coach at Incarnation for a number of years. He was a caring, kind, and thoughtful mentor. I enjoyed being on his teams...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Martin Cassavoy - Melrose, MA

“So sorry for your loss ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Anthony Gaieski - Georgetown, MA

“Katie, John, and DavidYour Dad will be missed. A true gentleman and the ultimate family guy.Mike Butler ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Mike Butler - Estero, FL - Family

“Coach Roberts always taught us about the right way, the right goal and the right method. Fittingly, every time he drove us to one of our away...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Jeffrey Spinazzola - NC

“Katie, John and David,We were saddened to hear of Jack's passing. Jack was truly a great guy, always having something positive to say. I know he...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Jack Butler - Bonita Springs, FL

“Maura and I have been talking about our memories of Jack and Peggy and how they were such an integral part of what we've always called our extended...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Kathleen Buckley - Melrose, MA

“Katie, John, and David I wanted to send my heartfelt condolences to all of you. Your dad was an amazing man. I was lucky to have grown up with all...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jessica Doyle - Dracut, MA

“Our hearts are with all the Roberts during this difficult time. We have many fond memories of seeing Papa our and about in Melrose with his grandson...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Jennifer Hillery - Reading, MA

“Wish I could think of the perfect thing to say, but there are no adequate words to describe how wonderful and fantastic Jack was and how many...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Henry and MaryEllen Doyle and Family Doyle - MA


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).