WILL PLEASANT ROBERTS, JR.
Will Pleasant Roberts, Jr.-- family man, businessman, veteran and bonafide Conch -- passed away peacefully Oct. 18, 2013 in his longtime family home in Key West at the age of 88.
Will was born Dec. 21, 1924 in Key West to Oriette and Will Roberts, Sr. After graduating from Key West High School, he briefly worked at City Electric System before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1941. He served three years during World War II as a seaman first class signalman. Upon discharge, he served in the Civil Service for 30 years overseeing utilities of Key West Naval operations.
He married Mary Mallory Oct. 26, 1950. They made their home in Key West and together raised three children: Debra, Gale, and Richard.
After his retirement from the Civil Service in 1973, Will turned his secondary career and passion as an electrician into a business, establishing Roberts Electric. As a businessman, he built a reputation for his expertise, reliability and generosity. He passed his skills, knowledge and work ethic to his son-in-law, nephew and grandsons -- enabling the business to evolve in in 2000 Roberts and Sons Electric.
The Rotary Club of Key West honored Will for his dedication to his profession and service to the community by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow in 2008.
Will is survived by his wife, Mary; children Debra (Ronald) Leonard, Gale (Steven) Faulkner, Richard (Penny) Roberts; sister Maude Reynolds; nephew Gregory Reynolds; nieces Tammy Gay and Catherine Butler; grandchildren Steven (Martha) Leonard, Christopher (Amber) Leonard, Jason (Danielle) Leonard, Britton (Michael) Haas, Brandon Roberts and Travis Roberts; and great-grandchild Angelina Leonard.
A visitation will be held 4-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 at Dean-Lopez Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Key West United (Old Stone) Methodist Church, followed by a graveside service at the Key West Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Florida Keys Community College Foundation for a career technical education scholarship.