ROBERGE – Calling hours will be held in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Sunday, October 28, from 1-4pm.
He was born in Leominster on March 21, 1962, a son of Barbara (DiPasquale) and the late Francis “Frank” Roberge. He graduated from the Leominster Trade School and spent his career in Carpentry, owning the Roberge Construction Company for 36 years.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Pauline (Richard) Roberge; children, Andrew, Sarah, and Meghan Roberge, all of Leominster. He is also survived by his mother, Barbara Roberge of Leominster; brother, David Roberge and wife Debra of NH, two sisters, Carol Piermarini and husband Paul of GA, Lisa Clevenger and husband Ret. Lt. Col. David Clevenger of VA; mother and father-in-law, Claire and Arcade Richard of Leominster; brothers and sisters-in-law, Laurie Richard of Westminster, Louise and Bill Redfield of Chatham, Denis Richard of Worcester, Joseph and Patti Richard of Leominster, Diane and Edward Kelliher of Ashby, Terri Risotti of Bellingham, Rita Sheridan of Leominster, Francis and Rachel Richard of Westminster, many nieces and nephews, and a very close and special friend Mark E. Matley of Leominster.
John was predeceased by his son PFC Jonathan Roberge in 2009, as well as two brothers-in-law, Angelo Risotti and Mark Sheridan.
John was a very generous and caring man who loved his adoring wife, Pauline, and four wonderful children, Jonathan, Meghan, Sarah, and Andrew. He knew how to make everyone happy and was always smiling or making jokes. John was a man who was always willing to give a helping hand and went above and beyond with everything he did. His gifted talents and vast knowledge of his lifelong trade benefitted not only the people that he worked for, but also many in his community. Being such an active member of his community, John always made sure there was time for his family and enjoying taking his family on vacations. His imagination was endless, building an indoor sandbox, bowling alley, and miniature golf course for his kids in the basement and an ice rink every year during the winter. John was a Cub Scout leader for both Jonathan and Andrew, creating many things including the Pine Wood Derby track and plaques for awards. Even though he despised baseball and did not know which end of the bat to hold, John was also a T-Ball coach for Andrew and his team. He supported the Leominster High School (LHS) band and became the president for the Band Boosters. He continued to support the education of his children all through college, as well as the other students at the LHS Center for Technical Education (CTE) by being an active member of the Carpentry Advisory Board.
After the passing of his son, Jonathan, he built a beautiful memorial park with a team of volunteers in memory of his son and the other soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan War. John will be tremendously missed and loved by all who knew him.