Lee M.'s Story
Lee Munroe Roberts, age 64, passed away on Monday, May 2, at Massachusetts General Hospital due to complications from multiple myeloma, a disease he had stoically endured for 11 years.
Born the son of Roger Munroe Roberts and the late Pauline (Lantz) Roberts, he attended Gloucester High School and graduated from Northeastern University, majoring in transportation and business.
For many years he worked for White Fuel Heating Company which subsequently merged with Texaco. Later he pursued his true gardening passion by going to work as a manager for Wolf Hill Garden Center in Gloucester. Even when disabled by his disease, he continued to plant and nurture a prodigious number of organic vegetables and flowers. In spring his green houses were filled with his own seedlings. He was always happy to share his seedlings, his crops and his extensive gardening knowledge. Lee also enjoyed sitting on the porch of his cottage on the Great Marsh overlooking the Essex River and Hog Island. Since childhood, he loved jumping into his boat with his fishing rod and his dog and exploring the Essex River Estuary. During his later years, he was a devoted and thoughtful caregiver for his 93-year-old father.
He is survived by his father; his sister, Leslie Roberts Pope and her husband, Dale Pope; his dog Jasper; cousins, and friends.
His family is grateful to Dr. Paul Richardson and the caring staff at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and to the doctors and nurses of the Massachusetts General Hospital Medical ICU.
Burial will be private. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the West Congregational Trinitarian Congregational Church, 488 Essex Ave., Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Lee Roberts to support the Myeloma research of Dr. Paul Richardson, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or to the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, MA.
Published on  May 9, 2016