Peter Henry Roberts, NH State Police Retired, 85 of Chickwolnepy Road Milan passed away peacefully Saturday August 14, 2021 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin after bravely and persistently battling a terminal illness. He was born in Hollis NH, July 3, 1936, the only son to Henry C. (Chick) and Mary C (Szlosek) Roberts. Peter grew up hunting, fishing, and working around his aunt’s farm with his cousins. He graduated from high school and also from the University of New Hampshire in the late 1950s. While in college he dabbled in tennis, played collegiate basketball, and spent a summer in the Northern Pacific Oregon Forest exploring and working in the fire towers. He joined the Army and while stationed in Washington DC where he met his wife Donna F. McDowell and they moved to Germany where he served as an MP in the US Army. Peter was honorably discharged and lived with his family in Nashua NH where he was employed by the Nashua Police Department. In 1964 he and his family moved to Milan. Peter was employed with the NH State Police from 1962 until his retirement in 1985. During his employment he not only was a trooper in his cruiser but he also piloted an airplane in the Air Wing Division.
He was a member of St. Kieran’s Catholic Church where he served in many lay-person roles. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed every season in the Northern woods. He enjoyed camping, hunting, snowmobiling, riding ATV/UTVs, but his greatest hobbies were hiking and fishing. Peter also enjoyed many years of working his land on the Chickwolnepy by cutting wood, working his gravel pit, growing the most luscious vegetables in his bountiful summer gardens and operating Roberts Greenhouse. Peter also enjoyed cooking his bounty and was known locally and in the AMC huts for his delicious fish chowders and soups.
After Peter’s retirement he enjoyed many second careers by driving trucks for the US Postal Service, operating the infamous Snow Cat on Mt. Washington, speaking as a Naturalist as well as clearing the trails & working the huts of the Appalachian Mountain Club. He also worked as an EMT as well as organizational roles for the Milan Volunteer Ambulance as well as the Berlin Ambulance Service. He groomed winter snowmobile trails for the Milan All Weather Riders. He continued to work until his passing. For many years he and his long-time companion Maryann selflessly helped many people and causes in the Berlin-Milan area. He piloted his plane all over the United States and Canada to go fishing and visit family and friends. In recent years he and Maryann enjoyed semiannual fishing trips to Oswego NY to fish with Captain Andy.
Members of his family include: daughters Carol Bruce and husband Joe, Lynda Roberts and husband David Marois, son Mark Roberts and long-time companion Marixsa Cantey, and daughter Susan Corbett and husband Alan, 12 grandchildren: Kirsten Dugger and husband John, Jackie Marks-Beede and husband Chris, James (JP) Stranger and wife Chelsea, Alex Marks and companion Emilie Bonhomme, Dahlia Roberts & fiancée Ben Creem, Erin Roberts, Natasha Roberts, Ariana Roberts, Zachary Marois and wife Ellie, Aly Marois & wife Irene, Spencer Corbett, and Kendralee Corbett; 4 greatgrandchildren: Alice Dugger, Illia Dugger, Olive Stranger; Owen Stranger; His loving and devoted companion of 25 years Maryann Baillargeon with her 4 children Kathy Frenette, Tammy Hanson and husband Doug, Donna Chaloux and husband Glenn; Anne Klein and husband Galen, 7 grandchildren: Jessica Frenette & companion Dan Letendre, Brooks Payette & companion Cindy Hartman, Jules Payette & companion Crystal Taber, Koury Chaloux, Dawn Chaloux, Olivia (Libby) Chaloux & companion Bronson Parides, Phoebe Klein; Henry Klein; 2 great grandchildren Ava Chaloux and Liliah Payette as well as many cousins and friends who have been family in Peter’s life.
Peter was predeceased by his wife Donna F (McDowell), both parents as well as grandparents & most of his aunts and uncles, many friends and especially his canine companion’s “Flyer” and “Chooch”.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated August 19, 2021 at 10 am @ St. Anne Good of Shepherd Parish. Interment will be at St. Kieran’s Cemetery. Friends and Relatives may call the Bryant Funeral Home 180 Hillside Ave Berlin Wednesday August 18th from 5-7PM. Anyone who wishes to can contribute to 2nd Chances @ Bethel Animal Hospital 179 Walker’s Mill Road Bethel ME 04217 (207-824-2212) in Peter Roberts name. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.