William Roberts

March 12, 2021


William Roberts 
Burlington, VT 

William (Willy) Roberts, 84, formerly of Williston, VT, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Friday, March 12, 2021 following a brief illness and dementia.   
Willy learned carpentry from his father and worked for several years for Pizzagalli Construction.  Upon retirement from construction work, he became a school bus driver for the Williston School District; a job he truly loved.  He was a member of the Vermont Army National Guard and the Williston Fire Department in his youth. 
Willy loved spending time with his family, camping and playing his guitar; he was a huge Johnny Cash fan.  He played for many years at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in their ministry group. 
He was married to the love of his life, Patti (Bates), and went on to help raise 7 children; along with several neighborhood children who all frequented his house.   
Willy is survived by six of his children, Mona (Boutin), Kenny, Chipper, Danny, Hank and Jani (Wilson); seventeen grandchildren and several great grandchildren; sisters-inlaw, Nancy St. Amour, Janice Roberts, Joan Bates and Sandy Bates; brother-in-law, Reverend James Bates. 
He was predeceased by his wife (Patti), his son (Billy), sisters (Lucille Tromblay and Jean Goodrich), brothers (Henry, Jerry, Emile, Leo, Paul, Eddie, Moe and Andre), parents (Henry and Ida Roberts), parents-in-law (Ed and Jane Bates), daughter-in-law (Pattie Lynn) and brothers-in-law (Eddie and George Bates).  Willy was the lone survivor of his immediate family. 

Spring services are being planned.  
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Angelo Pizzagalli

March 30, 2021 9:22 AM

Sorry to hear of Willy's recent passing.  Thinking about him brings back pleasant memories.    

Larry Larrow

March 18, 2021 6:57 AM

Kenny , Hank and the Roberts family , Your Dad was a great guy I had the pleasure of working with at Pizzagalli .  I saw him one time when he was driving bus and he told me how he enjoyed it .  My condolences to you all .

Diana & Calvin Blow

March 17, 2021 4:19 PM

Mona, Kenny, Chipper, Danny, Hank, Jani and family I am so sorry for your loss, Uncle Willy was a very special man...  I truly enjoyed our times we spent together...  You are all in our thoughts & prayers

John & Carol Davis & Family

March 17, 2021 9:07 AM


We will miss you, you were the last one of the Roberts boys. We have wonderful memories of getting together with you guys at Paul’s or Jan & Moe’s and your place. We remember many fun times camping and family get togethers never a lack of food or fun.
You sure have left a legacy behind in your children, grand children and great grands.

See ya on the other side one day

John & Carol Davis

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March 16, 2021 6:58 PM
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