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David Roberts, 79, Stamford Firefighter

David Roberts
David Roberts Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – David L. Roberts, a former Stamford firefighter, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 79.

He was born to the late Leonard (Bert) and Alice Oestmann Roberts in Stamford. He married Nancy Giancola in July 1960 in Stamford.

He was a graduate of Stamford High School, class of 1954. After graduation, he entered the Navy, where he began his career as a naval photographer. He was honorably discharged in 1957 and continued his career as a photographer with the Stamford Advocate. During this time, he became a Stamford firefighter and served many years. His career with the fire department was his passion. He retired with the department after 33 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Elizabeth A. Metcalf and her husband, John; his grandson, Jonathan DiBenedetto; one nephew, Richard Wesson and his wife, Barbara; great-nephews Brian Wesson (Kellen) and Derek Wesson of Grafton, Wis., Austin King of Washington, D.C., and Travis King of Melbourne, Australia; and great-nieces Ashley Wesson and Megan Wesson of Grafton, Wis.

He was predeceased by his parents, Bert and Alice Roberts; his only sister, Doris Roberts Wesson; a brother-in-law, George Wesson of Brown Deer, Wis.; and a niece, Professor Caren Wesson-King.

Family and friends may call Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Lacerenza Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Scofieldtown Road, Stamford. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to The Stamford Firefighters Local 786 Burn Foundation, 629 Main St., Stamford, CT 06901; or the Alzheimer's Chapter, South West Region Office, 607 Main Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851.

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