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Dennis Paul Roberts

December 7, 1951 ~ March 1, 2019 (age 67)

Dennis Paul Roberts, 67, of Colchester, passed away peacefully in his home on March 1, 2019.  He was born on December 7, 1951 in Putnam, CT to the late David Paul and Helen J. (Fournier) Roberts.  Dennis was a devoted military man, answering the call to enlist even before he graduated high school.  He actively served his country for 20 years, and served in a voluntarily capacity when he retired.  Dennis joined the Navy in 1971 and throughout his military career he was awarded many medals and ribbons for exemplary service.  He retired from the service in 1991 to become more involved in his community.  Dennis was a proud and active member of the American Legion Post #180 in Lebanon, CT, having been elected Commander for a time, as well as the 5th district Commander from 1992-1993.  Dennis was passionate about helping others.  Even when he could no longer do it himself, he enlisted the help of others to accomplish the task he no longer could do.  Those who knew Dennis knew that he was a force to be reckoned with, especially when it came to his family.  He was a warm and loving soul with a huge heart who showed his love for friends and family through his actions.  He is survived by his devoted and loving wife Norma Jean (Tetreault) of 44 years; his two adoring daughters, Rhonda Avery and her husband Conan of Lebanon and Reneé L. Roberts of Moosup; his two loving sisters, Dale Robbins and her husband Cephas of Fayetteville, NC and Louise Bray of Pawcatuck, CT; his grandchildren, whom he adored and cherished, Zachary W. Avery of Lebanon, Casey C. Avery of Iowa, Michael J. Dyer of Lebanon  and Cassidy L. Trudeau of Moosup; as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.  In addition to his parents, Dennis was predeceased by his brother, Brian Roberts.  The family will receive guests from 1 – 3 PM Saturday (March 16th) at the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home, 167 Old Hartford Rd., Colchester.  A Chapel Service with Legion and military honors will be observed at 2:30 PM.  A celebration of life will follow at the American Legion Post #180 in Lebanon.  Private burial to follow in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Wounded Warrior in his honor: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675-8517 or online at  

Donations may be made to:

Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

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