William Vincent Roberts (GAINESVILLE, Fla.)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for Dr. William Vincent Roberts, who passed away peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2009 at his home in Gainesville, FL while holding hands with his family, on Saturday August 1, 2009 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4000 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 31, 2009 from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Lohman Funeral Home Ormond, 733 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL. Dr. Roberts was born in Augusta, GA on December 9, 1920. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1943 and volunteered to serve in the United States Army, where he was designated a Battalion Surgeon in the 1st Armored Division. He received Battle Stars while serving in Italy and Germany and returned to the United States to practice medicine, where he became Chief Resident Physician while training for Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Vincent's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Roberts married the former Sheila Mary O'Connell of Belmont, MA in 1950. In 1952, he volunteered for service in the Korean conflict, completed the Naval Flight Training Program in Pensacola, FL and served as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He achieved a rank of Commander in 1954 and retired to inactive duty. Upon returning to civilian life, he resumed private practice in ObGyn Medicine in Sanford, FL, delivering more than 9,000 babies. Dr. Roberts served as a Sanford City Commissioner for 6 years and Mayor of Sanford in 1968. He held positions in 10 medical societies, participated actively as a leader in 22 county and city community service organizations, and gave humbly of himself to numerous religious organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, where he ranked as a 4th Degree Knight. Dr. Roberts, along with his wife Sheila, received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their dedicated service to the Salvation Army. He was also instrumental in the development of All Souls Parochial School and the Sanford Nursing Home. Dr. Roberts battled several illnesses and continued the fight to re-gain his health, residing independently until one month before his death. He was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach, FL. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 59 years, Sheila O'Connell Roberts of Gainesville, FL; his sons: David Roberts of Belmont, MA and Martin Roberts of Gainesville, FL; his daughter, Mary Anne Rayhab of Nashville, TN. He enjoyed watching his four grandchildren growing up: Grace & Grant Roberts of Gainesville, FL and David & Mitchell Roberts of Belmont, MA. He also truly loved spending time with his daughters- in-law April Roberts and Linda Roberts and son-in-law Regan Rayhab. Always supportive, always optimistic, Dr. Roberts was a man of deep Christian faith, the highest integrity, quiet strength, and warm loving kindness who gave all he had for his family. There was no better husband, father, grandfather or friend and he will be missed dearly. "Farewell until we meet againÉ" In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Roberts' honor to the Salvation Army at: www.salvationarmyusa.org . Friends may send condolences to www.LohmanFuneralHomes.com . Arrangements are under the careful supervision of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-July 31, 2009