Craig Roberts

September 16, 1954 ‒ September 08, 2018

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE:  Some people say family is defined as a group of people who are related to each other, but Craig Roberts knew that family is more than that.  Craig’s family were those who were bonded to him through meaningful connection, his nuclear family, his fire family, his fair family, and his community family all were linked to Craig through shared experiences.

Victor Craig Roberts passed away from his earthly families in his home Saturday morning, September 8, 2018 following a brave battle with ALS.  He was 63.

Born in Mansfield, September 16, 1954 to Rupert “Vic” and Della Jane (Smith) Roberts, Craig was a lifelong resident and constant in the Clear Fork Valley.

A 1973 graduate of Clear Fork High School, Craig wore #43 for the varsity football team and was also very active with choir and the Artisans.  In fact, music is what drew Craig to Pamela Norris.  As a senior with the male lead in the musical Oklahoma, he convinced the director to audition Pam for the female lead so he could make his move.  Apparently Craig’s scheme worked, because the two were never apart from that day forward, they married a year later on August 11, 1974, just after Pam graduated high school.  Together they shared a love of music, singing duets at weddings and church events.  Their bond of love, friendship and playfulness has been a model marriage for their family.

Craig attended Ohio University and West Virginia University.  He returned to Bellville running his family furniture shop in Butler during the early 80s as well as Lifer Excavation.  Most notably Craig served his Bellville family in the sewer department, having ran the department as Superintendent.  Craig loved helping his community family and forged a deep bond with the village officials and customers alike.  He retired in 2013 from the Lexington Sewer Department as Superintendent.

As the son of a firefighter, Craig loved his department family.  Since February of 1976 Craig was a staple of the Bellville-Jefferson Fire Department.  He dedicated countless hours as a first responder in the Bellville community, assuring those in crisis he was there to help.  He was responsible for the construction of the office in the old station and was often the man to lead his brothers in honoring their own at funerals and organizing parades and always giving his time for fundraisers and boot campaigns to help Bellville families.  Craig was instrumental in the planning of the current Bellville Station and served the department as Chief from 2006-2017.

Craig Roberts has never missed a street fair until 2018.   A member of the Bellville Street Fair Board family, Craig served from 1989 to present.  His responsibility as Entertainment Director was quite a task but a duty he did with pride.  He loved the fair and everything it stands for in the hearts of everyone in Bellville.

Together, Pam and Craig spent nearly a decade supporting the Clear Fork Music Boosters.  From hauling the equipment trailer and organizing the concession stand, he volunteered even the few years when Lindsay and Emily were not participating.

A resourceful carpenter, plumber and handy man, Craig and Pam refurbished their historic Bellville home where they raised their family the past 40 years.  He took great pride in the property as one of the most beautiful in the village.  An outdoorsman, Craig loved fishing with his dad and annual trips to Canada at North Wind Lake.  A little tender hearted for hunting, he did get one deer, but hiking and backpacking were more Craig’s style.  Making the bottom of the Grand Canyon three times was plenty, and he fondly remembered hiking parts of the Appalachian Trail through West Virginia, Tennessee and the Smokies.

Craig was a relentless WVU fan sharing many trips to Morgantown to games singing to the tune of John Denver’s Country Roads.  Crafty and creative he designed a greenhouse for Pam, and made many projects like fire extinguisher windchimes, wine bottle trees and stained glass.

A devoted father, Craig passed to both of his girls, the love of music, resourcefulness, confidence, acceptance and the biggest life lesson of all:  that nothing comes before family and to never wait to do the things you love or to tell dear ones how much you love them.

All of Craig’s many families will remember his bright smile and contagious laughter.

In addition to his love and soul mate Pam, Craig is survived by two daughters Lindsay and Laura Roberts of Bellville, Emily and Jeff McDonald of Medina; three precious grandsons who called him “Opa” Blaze Victor Roberts, Ledger Cruz Roberts, and Owen Shepard McDonald; a brother Ronald and Jeanie Roberts of Bellville; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Roger and Joyce Norris, Laurie and Russ Barr, and Melodie and Jeff Rhea; numerous nieces and nephews, and a community of family.

Craig was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 2 pm to 7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service honoring the life of Victor Craig Roberts will be held at 11 am Wednesday.  Craig’s cousin, Pastor Kevin Rush will officiate.  Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Craig may be made to the Bellville-Jefferson Township Fire Department through the funeral home.

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  • Pam, Lindsay, Emily and the Roberts family,
    I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve you as we walk through this week together. Craig has always held my heart and I will miss him deeply. His legacy runs deep in the community of Bellville and his absence will be felt daily.
    My prayers are with you.
    I love you as my own,
    Susan Dill

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time. Take time to talk about old memories. You will cry and smile but it will help so much.(I’ve been through it) hugs for all

  • Our hearts and tears are with you . Craig was more than just a friend, but family . We will miss him terribly. But together we will remember him always !
    Mike , Rhonda and Allison McDonald

  • My Condolences to all the family I know how much you will all miss him he was such a Pillar in our Community Thank You Craig for all you did for the Valley

  • Chris and I cannot express how sad we are for your loss, we will be there for you in the coming days for what ever you need. Craig, and all of you have been great neighbors for our family, and we hope we can do the same for you. Prayers.

  • Dear Pam and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. His obituary was such a touching reflection of your loved one. Our community lost a very special man. You all have my deepest sympathy.

  • Think of Lion’s Head, Spence Field, Phantom Ranch, the New River, washing streets after the Fair, and those sweet days we lived together then. Think that so long as we endure to remember those days, the echo of those we love, remain there still. My heart shares your hurt; bittersweet sympathies to all who suffer this loss. RIP Craig

  • My deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your family Pam. We never know when our loved ones are taken in death. I see he is leaving behind a great legacy. May God give you the comfort you need in your time of grief.

  • First, I want to give my condolences to you and your family. When I think of Craig, I think of his smile and his laugh. It was undeniable. I know that he will be greatly missed in the Belleville community.

  • My deepest sympathy to Craig’s family, and all who loved him. I’m praying, for God to bring comfort to you all.

  • So very sorry for your loss the community lost a valuable member. May the lord be with all of you during this difficult time

  • So very sorry for your loss The community lost a valuable member. May the lord be with all of you during this difficult time

  • It is so sad to hear about Craig’s passing. He was such a warm, caring person. Nice to everyone. We had so many fun times on Fitting Avenue as kids. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

    Debbie Weikle

  • Our hearts and prayers are with you all. His service to our community and school were very much appreciated. He was an awesome husband, father and grandfather. You could tell in his eyes how much he loved you all. May his memories be a comfort to you.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Nick & Ginger Kunz

  • Craig was one of those rare people who had the ability to make anyone he came into contact with feel like they were special to him. I spent so many hours in your home growing up, you all have felt like my second family for most of my life. I have many special memories of feeling like an extra daughter in your home, and your dad’s deep well of love was special to me as well. He will be deeply missed. My prayers are for God’s comfort and peace to you, for the blessing of such a wonderful man, the knowledge that he touched so many lives, and the joy that he will never be forgotten.