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Obituary: Laurence J. Roberts

Laurence “Tex or Larry” Jesse Roberts, (age 80), passed away peacefully at Queens Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.


Born April 9, 1933 in Ellsworth, Maine, he was the son of Lorin Eugene and Persis Helen Roberts and served in the United States Army during the Korean War in the early 1950s.


While in the Army, he attained the rank of Sergeant and held many jobs, to include training instructor and heavy equipment operator. 


Larry settled in Glen Cove in the early 1960s and lived on Hillside Avenue behind the projects on the hill, which no longer exists, moving eventually to Donahue Street in 1965 with his family, where he lived for many years. He worked at several smaller jobs around Glen Cove, as well as Photocircuits and then subsequently working for himself as a certified Locksmith.


His former wife, Rosina Roberts, survives, along with five children: Lorin, Wendy, Glenn, Sheila and Dale; many grandchildren and great-grand children, along with two sisters, Katherine and Delores. His parents preceded him in death (Lorin in 1981 and Persis in 1980), along with his brother, Donald, in 2005. His funeral service was held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home in Glen Cove, and he was buried at Calverton National Cemetery on Jan. 31, 2014.