Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Roberts Family,
All of my sympathies are with you, and my thoughts have been as well, for the past few days since I heard the sad news. I live in Wakefield, Quebec now.
He left a wake. I am very glad and lucky to have known him and to have had the pleasure of being one of his many pupils. very sorry for your loss... he was a great man.

Posted by Holly Jarrett - Wakefield, Quebec - Student   July 18, 2016

Larry was my first basketball coach in the 7th grade. It wasn't until I became a coach myself that I realized the positive impact he had on teaching the fundamentals of the game and how they related to life. Through teaching and coaching, he helped countless young people to become responsible citizens. Rest in peace coach, job well done.

Posted by Gary Houghton - Mason, MI - Student   July 18, 2016

Dear Jill and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you all find comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Posted by Tracy Richard - Adrian, MI - Coworker   July 18, 2016

As his service is about to start, I am wishing I did not live so far away. I wish I could be there to honor him. Mr. Roberts was the one teacher I will never forget! Even my children know who Mr. Roberts is and they love the Graduate! I am so happy that we were able to connect through Facebook and become friends all these years later. He never stopped teaching! I am really going to miss his daily post that always had me smiling and the conversations we had. He has touched the lives of more people than you can count. You will be greatly missed Mr. Roberts! My God wrap his arms around your family and give them comfort at this time. Until we meet again

Posted by Debbie hagelberg - Apollo Beach, FL - Student   July 18, 2016

Thoughts from your Australian friends. Sending our condolences on your loss at this sad time. Llew & Kara Jensen

Posted by Llew Jensen - Australia - Friend   July 17, 2016

I have many fond, enduring memories of having "J. Larry" as a teacher for not only English, but Drama and Speech class as well. In retrospect, I realize how many things I learned from his sometimes unconventional, yet always engaging teaching methods. My sympathy to his family and hopes that hearing all the accolades written and spoken about him warms your hearts.

Posted by Polly Horton Krohmer - Annapolis, MD - Student   July 17, 2016

I am very sorry for the loss. He was an excellent teacher and my best memories of middle school were of his class. He will live on through so many of us. I was really lucky to have had him as part of my life. Wishing you all peace at this time. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Anne (Bosio) Appel - Chicago, IL - Student   July 17, 2016


Mr JLarry Roberts was a Fantastic Teacher that brought the best out of his students!! He was creative, thoughtful and a interesting person!! He touched many lives and inspired us to voice our thoughts to the world in the classroom and then on Facebook!! I am saddened with the loss of him and will miss him and his comments that I enjoyed reading everyday!! Prayers to his beautiful family!!

Posted by Cathie Iveson Kroll - Las Vegas, NV - Teacher   July 17, 2016

Dear Jill and Family,
It is my deepest sympathy which I extend to you and your family at this time. I hadn't heard much about Larry until the past few years when we connected on Facebook. He had such a wonderful sense of humor that I knew whenever I saw a post from Larry, it would make me laugh! He was great! It appears that his students really adored him and that is the greatest tribute a teacher cam receive. May God give you strength in the days ahead.

Posted by Audie Laver Jaqua - sylvania, OH - Friend   July 17, 2016

I am so grateful to have known Larry for over 40 years, and, in recent years, to have been his Scrabble buddy and to rejoice together in our common love for the Detroit Tigers and political leanings. You will be missed!

Posted by Allen Borton - Ann Arbor, MI - Friend   July 17, 2016

I am sorry for your loss. As I posted on Facebook upon learning of his passing, I am shocked. I am also saddened that someone who reveled in his former students' lives on social media left this world way too soon. I might not have been the best student in his class, but I always respected him. I respected him more once re-connecting with him. I see others have commented on his music, his classroom assignments, and his movies. I remember the line "Get in the car, Red," from the movie Badlands. I still chuckle at how silly that line seemed to me more than 30 years ago. It will mean even more for me from now on. I will miss you, sir!

Posted by Jeffrey Plum - Haslett, MI - Student   July 17, 2016

Dear Mrs Roberts,
Your husband moved, molded, and shaped me into everything I am today. He was a wonderful man, I share stories of him with my friends and family, including my late son. He was only my teacher for a year, but in that time he taught me to think, dream and believe. Mr. Roberts liberated me from my own personal hell. He got me the help I so desperately needed, by turning in my class journal to the counselor, my father was not a kind man, you see; and that year I never had to see him again, thanks in large, to Mr. Roberts.
My sincerest condolences, to you and yours; the world is missing a great man.

Posted by Ashley Stubli - fostoria, MI - Student   July 16, 2016

I am so saddened by Mr. Roberts' passing. Even though he told me I could call him Larry, to me he will always be Mr. Roberts. I will miss seeing "Blame Ronda Habaj" on the puns that he stole from my wall. He was a wonderful teacher, and later a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this time. I know he will be missed by many, myself included.

Posted by Ronda Dunbar-Habaj    July 16, 2016


Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
J.L., Pamela and Noel Hall

Posted by Pamela Hall - Adrian, MI - Student   July 16, 2016

Mr. Roberts was a wonderful teacher at Addison High School. He was always so patient with us. What a loss! My heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Posted by Candy Taft-Lombard - Glendora, CA - Student   July 16, 2016


Today my heart is broken over the loss of a good man, inspirational person, and dear friend.

I have so many words, but I've just been shot up with morphine, and
it's hard to type. J. Larry Roberts inspired and pushed ME into being a better creative writer, a more critical thinker, and he gave me pride in myself .
He gave me Monday Monday journaling days. He gave me Tommy, and Little Shop of Horrors. He gave the gifts of wonderful poetry, and horrible puns.

As I became an adult, I saw in him as a separate person, a person beyond being just a teacher at the middle school. I began to see him as a real man. A real man with interests like Mark Twain, Democratic Socialism, politics in general,a real humanist type of heart. I began to see Mr. Roberts in a light where he wasn't just my teacher and authoritarian figure, but someone who I could become friends with. Someone who I realized I shared a lot of interests with, and someone who I had the opportunity to have been sort of molded by, so I also held him in great respect and high esteem .

I got the call last night about 1 o'clock in the morning from my husband that Mr. Roberts is no longer with us. I had just had knee surgery and I had just gone through a major process with my doctor trying to figure out the best combination of medicines to give me for pain relief. I was exhausted and I had just laid down and started to get my first 10 minutes sleep, when the phone rang. it was Rex calling to tell me Mr. Roberts had passed.
I guess all I can say about Mr. Roberts, was that in a small town without a lot of opportunities to a girl that didn't have a lot of self-esteem or self-confidence, he stood out to me as a beacon of common sense, and was always there to pass on his knowledge and see kid's minds expand. He showed what new wondrous facts he thought about that day.I got to have him as a teacher, and I'm glad I got to know him as an adult. I'm very glad to have had him as a part of my life.

Posted by Dawn Dubois - Gettysburg, PA - Student   July 16, 2016


Prayers for you and your family. Jackie Fields

Posted by jackie fields - beachwood, OH - Student   July 16, 2016

A great teacher and a wonderful person will be immensely missed. Condolences to the family.

Posted by Kim Thomas - Hudson - Friend   July 16, 2016

Great teacher, gentleman and friend. Larry made learning English fun. By encouraging a very shy teen to audition for a couple of plays in high school lead to a more confident and outgoing adult. His humor and insight will be missed. It was a privilege to have known Larry and call him friend.

Posted by Sally Svoboda Snyder - Adrian, MI - Friend   July 16, 2016

He was a great teacher. He taught my 8th grade English class and I will never forget how to congigate a verb. My condolences to his family.

Posted by LuAnn Hurd    July 16, 2016


Our thoughts and prayers are with You Jill and family

Posted by Jackie and Steve Depew - Adrian - Friend   July 16, 2016

I'm glad that I was able to know you as a teacher, but I feel even more fortunate to have known you as a friend. Your wit, intellect, and observations were a bright part of every day, and I fear I may never meet another person who can so appreciate a bad pun.

Posted by Rex DuBois - Gettysburg, PA - Friend   July 16, 2016


Every time I watch The Graduate or hear a Simon and Garfunkel song I think of Mr. Roberts with great fondness. He was such an amazing teacher. I will never forget our Facebook Scrabble games and his funny puns. A great man will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest in Peace Larry.

Posted by Cindy Punches-Bock - Baltimore, MD - Student   July 16, 2016


I am so sorry for the loss of a great man,he will be sadly missed.

Posted by KAY Ashworth - Addison, MI   July 16, 2016

So sorry for your loss. Jill .. He was one of my favorite teachers in Addison .. He will be missed !! R.I.P. Mr.Roberts

Posted by Martha Burrell - East Grand Rapids, MI - Friend   July 16, 2016

never let any student fall behind he was an amazing teacher now hes up teaching the children in heaven. my heart goes to the family.

Posted by Heather Lee - Addison, MI - Teacher   July 16, 2016


What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us. -Helen Keller

Posted by Patricia Reeder - Hudson, MI - Coworker   July 16, 2016

Awesome teacher right here! You'll be missed greatly Mr. Roberts ❤

Posted by Kristina Bishop - Woodhaven, MI - Student   July 15, 2016

So sorry for your loss Jill. Thoughts are with you.

Posted by Brian Boyse - MI - Friend   July 15, 2016

My love and condolences to the whole family.

Posted by Laura Santoro - Cleveland, OH - Acquaintance   July 15, 2016

Dear Jill and the Roberts family, Our deepest sympathy. We are sorry to lose our dear friend Larry. Our prayer... Eternal Heavenly Father God, we praise You for the great company of all those who have finished their course in faith and now rest from their labor. We praise You for those dear to us whom we name in our hearts before You. Especially we thank and praise You for our dear friend, an' Ai Boy',J. Larry Roberts whom You have graciously received into Your perfect presence. To all of these, grant Your peace and love. Bring us at last with them into the joy of Your heavenly home. The home not made with mere human hands but a eternal home in the heavens; through our Jesus Christ and Lord. Amen

Posted by John & Carla Laver Laver - Swanton, OH - Friend   July 15, 2016

I'm so sorry for your loss Jill. You & your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tammy Schumacher-DiOrio - Kankakee, IL - Friend   July 15, 2016