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David Cullen Roberts August 31, 1938 ~ June 03, 2019


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David Cullen Roberts born August 31, 1938 in White Plains, New York passed away on June 3, 2019 surrounded by loved ones at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge, FL. Dave spent most of his early years running the streets of the Bronx, NY. In 1955 he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served on the USS Iowa. After the Navy, he returned to NYC where he worked on the Long Island Railroad for 17 years. Dave moved his family to Palm Bay, FL in 1977 where he became a general contractor. He founded Palm Bay Aluminum Corporation and Key Home Builders, which served thousands of customers over the next 40 years.

Dave loved to experience as much as possible in life. In his final days he often rhetorically said, “who had a better life than me?” “I have the world’s greatest family, and at some point, had every toy they ever came up with”. He was a pilot logging nearly 1500 hours at the controls, enjoyed boating, motorcycles and old cars. He travelled extensively throughout the world including to Costa Rica more than 250 times where he had a second home. He was an avid poker player and loved spending time with family and friends. He was a regular at Rooney’s Pub in Palm Bay for nearly 40 years where he made many friends and socialized with countless patrons.

Dave was an enthusiastic fan of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and scolded those who called him during those sacred show times. His family was glad Dave missed seeing fellow gambler James Holzhauer lose on the final day of his life.

Dave’s commentary on everything, including politics and religion will be missed. If you spoke to Dave in the morning and asked how he was doing, he often replied, “well, I read the obituaries and I was not in them, so I guess I am better than others”. Well Dave, you finally made it in, and you will be sorely missed by many.

Dave was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley and father George. He is survived by his wife Christy of 37 years and children, Janet Hoffman, Janie (Richie) Hall, Sean (Karine) Roberts, Scott (Kyla) Shaffer, his brother Richard (Marcia) Roberts, sister Cinny (Carmen) Giordano, his first wife, mother of his children and friend Betty Darney and her husband Wally, and numerous grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or donations please join Dave’s family and friends in raising a glass to celebrate a life well lived, the way he would want us to, on Saturday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. at Rooney’s (2641 NE Palm Bay Road).

Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Rockledge, 321-632-1350.


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Susan Witmer

June 12, 2019, 10:02 pm

Dave is a person who will be surely missed by many people. Butch and I loved the trips we took with him and Christy to Costa Rica. Especially the one he talked us into going to Nicaragua. Our thoughts are with his family

Jason Mercurio

June 12, 2019, 10:37 pm

A true American with a big heart! You will always be missed and we will celebrate your memory every time we are all together.
God Speed.
Love & Respect,
Jason & Natasha Mercurio

Cheryl & George Miller

June 13, 2019, 8:42 am

We are sure you will be making your mark in Heaven as you did so well while on this earth. There will NEVER be another DAVE! So many good times with you & Christy..
We will miss you dearly! Love, Cheryl & George

Fredy Delacruz

June 13, 2019, 10:46 am

David was a great friend and patient to me.He was very grateful after his operation and we enjoyed family and friends gathering at his home in Palm Bay and trips to CR. Always willing to lend a helping hand or advice, he had a great heart. We will miss him and celebrate his life, rest in piece in heaven!

Joe & Jane Mercurio

June 13, 2019, 12:35 pm

We enjoyed spending time with Dave during the holidays & family celebrations. We will miss him. Rest In Peace Dave until we meet again.
Love, Jane & Joe

Daniel Welton

June 13, 2019, 4:17 pm

Rest easy my friend. I’ll meet up with you on the other side.

Fred and judy witt

June 13, 2019, 5:34 pm

So so sorry to hear this sad news. We go way back with Dave sharing Marker 21 on the INDIAN river with him and family. Our children basically grew up together as they were all small then. I will miss his on going phone calls saying “ where are you guys now?”😪 We will miss you DAVE, we sure had some good times for many years!
Our sympathy to the whole family and friends! RIP Dave, we loved you❤️

Julie Swanson

June 13, 2019, 9:34 pm

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of the Robert’s patriarch.

Matthew 5:4
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

My sincerest condolences to your family.

Mike & Zlatka Malek

June 13, 2019, 9:59 pm

Holding the memories is not the hurt. It’s the loneliness of it. As the memory of certain beloved friends lives in our hearts, we shall say that life is good. It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it evade us and remain forever a harmonious origin of memory. It’s great to reminisce about good memories of our past. We will miss you Dave, rest in peace.

Laura Heiss

June 14, 2019, 7:17 am

The New York relatives send their loving thoughts to all of our woderful, wild and crazy cousins in Florida. You are all like Dave in one way or another…free spirits…seekers of fun and ready to party on a moment’s notice. It’s times like these that I wish we lived closer so we could have been there for you….and you for us, especially when life gets rough.
The memories we have of Dave are all as you describe…from him pulling up on his very cool motorcycle and giving us rides…to my little brother’s disappearance from the yard one day. Later when asked where he was… he said, ” oh, I went in a plane, kinda like a volkswagon inside to a town called Montauk and Dave bought me a hot dog……%$#@*!! Of course we wouldn’t have believed him…except that it was Dave ….and with Dave, ANYTHING was possible!
Here’s to you Dave…. to a life of adventure, to a life without boundaries…to a life well lived!!
We love you guys. Xoxoxoxo

Neil Bianco

June 23, 2019, 10:40 pm

Dave was a class act. Much love and respect for him.

Frank Gentile

June 26, 2019, 4:46 pm

Dave was are neighbor for 24 years
He was a lot of fun to hang out with! Took me up on his plane several times , went out on his boat for several joy rides. My family loved him and Christy like they were are family!
I will miss him for sure !

Cindy McKee

June 28, 2019, 12:02 pm

Rest in Peace my friend you will surely be missed by many!! Cheers my friend until we meet again and God Bless the family

Lincoln Brown

June 28, 2019, 1:51 pm

I’ll miss you till we meet again my friend. I’m sure we’ll be able to keep practicing our Spanish then. I’ll think of you enjoying The Blue Skies, Fair Winds and Following Seas above us in Heaven with your slightly tilted Halo worn proudly! God keep you and give you Peace DaveO!

martha reno

June 28, 2019, 5:36 pm

Trying to overcome the shock and such sad news. Dave Roberts was meant to live for ever. One thing for sure….your ledgen will continue as you soar thru the clouds with an entire new type of wings. Thanks for the memories and great conversations dear friend. Martha Reno

Harold and Carol

June 29, 2019, 10:50 am

Really sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. He was such a character, who had a big heart. I remember riding with him looking for lots to build my house, and hour after hour listening to his spanish tapes. Of course I always joked about a lifetime guarantee on the house, guess it’s up now my friend. He officiated Harold and my wedding, (not sure if that was a good thing just kidding) I waited on Dave for years, he definitely had his opinions, but it made for a lively conversation.You will truly be missed. You and Christy were a great couple who were loved by all. Your Friends Harold and Carol

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