R. Munroe's Story
R. Munroe Roberts, 94, a longtime resident of West Gloucester, passed away peacefully at home on August 3, 2016.
He was a graduate of Gloucester High School and worked for many years as a carpenter and builder on Cape Ann.
He enlisted in the Army shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served in the Pacific for three years, first as an MP and later in combat in the Philippines. He was wounded on Leyte and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After recovering from his wounds, he briefly served as an MP in Japan during the occupation.
Munroe was a lifelong member of the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church where he met his wife-to-be prior to World War II. During his many years as a member, he served on numerous committees and as Council President and Deacon. At the time of his death, he was the Elder Deacon, holding the Church’s original 1713 cane.
He had a deep love for the outdoors, and was an excellent skater, boater, fisherman, camper, and cross country skier. He loved animals, and even had a pet raccoon named Rufus. Each year, he cut enough firewood from his land for the coming winter. His gardens were prolific, and he delighted in sharing vegetables with his neighbors and friends. One never knew which would be taller – his tomato plants or his wood pile.
As a troop committeeman for Boy Scout Troop 60, Munroe helped teach outdoor skills to scouts attending camp. A dedicated dad, Munroe was always involved in activities with his children including being an assistant Little League coach. With his warm, easy manner, he made friends everywhere.
Boating on the Essex River on a Sunday morning was a favorite pastime, and he often told the minister he could see God’s handiwork on the river just as easily as he could in Church.
Munroe was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Pauline (Lantz) Roberts, and his son, Lee Munroe Roberts. He is survived by his daughter, Leslie Roberts Pope; her husband, Dale Pope; his beloved dog, Jasper; and many cousins and friends.
His family would like to thank Terry Marchant, Bonnie Fitzpatrick, Marie Ryan, the staff of Day by Day Adult Day Health, and Care Dimensions for the loving care they provided in his later years.
A private burial has been held. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, at 11 a.m. at the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, 487 Essex Avenue. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church in his memory. 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.
Published on  August 10, 2016