Samuel E. Roberts

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NOBLEBORO - Samuel E. Roberts, 87, of Nobleboro, passed away peacefully at LincolnHealth Miles Campus on Nov. 6, 2018, after a lengthy illness. He was born on Nov. 18, 1930 in Damariscotta to Francis and Dorothy Erskine Roberts.He attended Fryeburg Academy, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where he served as a printer aboard the USS Albany, a heavy cruiser, from 1949-1950. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1950-1956.He married his wife of 67 years Abbie Henry in 1951. They had four children, Beverley, Deborah, Christopher and Frances.He was a third generation owner, publisher and CEO of The Lincoln County Publishing Company and The Lincoln County News. He worked on the paper and the print shop starting at an early age and could operate most of the presses in the print shop by the time he was of grammar school age. He took over ownership of the paper from his mother in 1966 and worked until his retirement in 1992. He was one of the founders and a past president of the Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service. He was an ambulance attendant under two funeral homes and under the Fred French Ambulance Service, before organizing the CLCAS in 1972.He was one of 14 local business men who founded the Damariscotta Bank & Trust in 1972. He served as a Director on the Board at DB&T for many years.He was a former trustee and member of the Massasoit Engine Company (Damariscotta Fire Department). He joined the Company in 1951 and responded to calls for 55 years. He was an honorary member at the time of his death. He was the longest living tenured member of the fire company at the time of his death.He served as chairman on the Damariscotta Planning Board for 15 years. He was a member of the Damariscotta-Newcastle Lions Club. He worked on the Miles Memorial Hospital League Rummage Sales for many years.He was a past president of the New England Press Association and was inducted into the NEPA Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a past president of the Maine Press Association, and was a State Chairman for the National Newspaper Association (NNA). He also served as chairman and was a member of various committees with the NNA.He was a member and past vestryman at St. Andrew's Church in Newcastle.He is survived by his wife, Abbie; children: daughter, Beverley Andrews and husband, Tom, of Bucksport; daughter, Deborah Rix and husband, Byron, of Chugiak, Alaska; son, Christopher and wife, Paula, of Damariscotta; and daughter, Frances of Nobleboro; grandchildren, Melissa Andrews and husband, Dennis Morelli, of New Gloucester, Alice Milan and husband, Kyle, of Old Town, John Roberts and wife, Kristen, of Damariscotta, Allan Roberts and wife, Allison, of Damariscotta, Katrina Rix and husband, Evan Hinton, of Seward, Alaska, and Anna Rix of Fairbanks, Alaska; and stepgrandchildren, John Brown and wife, Stephanie, of New Hampshire, and Alexa Harris and husband, Derrick, of Texas; and five (soon to be six) great-grandchildren, Matthew, Thomas, James and Michaela Roberts, and Everett Milan; and three step great-grandchildren, Killian Brown, and Vivienne and Johanna Harris.He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, John Christopher and two sisters, Katharine (Kay) Roberts and Dorothy (Dee) McFadden.Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a time of visitation 5-8 p.m., on Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta. A funeral will be celebrated at 11 a.m., on Thursday morning, Nov. 15, at the funeral home, with Reverend John Ineson officiating. A reception will follow at the Wells-Hussey American Legion Post #42, Damariscotta.Arrangements are under the direction and care of Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St., Damariscotta, Maine. Condolences, and messages may be sent to his family by visiting: friends so desire, donations may be made in Sam's memory to:CLC Ambulance ServiceP.O. Box #373Damariscotta, ME 04543or to, The Ecumenical Food PantryP.O. Box #46Newcastle, ME 04553

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Strong-Hancock Funeral Home
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Damariscotta, ME 04543
(207) 563-3550
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Published in Central Maine on Nov. 7, 2018
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