Steven R. Roberts, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, surrounded by his wife and children at Sussman House in Rockport following a very brief illness. Steve came to the Midcoast just over 10 years ago, planning to only stay a short while, but quickly fell in love with the area and its people and made it his permanent home. He and his wife, Vera Rand, were married Nov. 24, 2012.

Steve was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, Dec. 1, 1949, to Vaughn and Sharon Lee Roberts. He grew up all over the South as his family followed his dad’s career as a pilot, both commercially and in the Air Force. Following high school, Steve also joined the Air Force, which took him to California and Alaska.

Steve was an immensely talented man. He was a self-taught contractor and engineer, an inventor with several patents to his credit, and at one time a master electrician. But mostly, Steve considered himself a fine artist. He was happiest in his studio surrounded by his easels and his paintings. His last project, which gave him great joy, was working with his oldest son, Steven, to create a narrative genealogy of his family. They completed it just before Christmas and Steve shared it with his family on Christmas Day.

Steve was an avid golfer and a member at Goose River Country Club, as well as a member of the club’s Twilight League. Steve was also very active in the community. He was a member of the Rockland Economic Development Advisory Committee and was in his fifth year as a member of the RSU 13 School Board. For most of his time on the School Board, he held the position of chairman. He was extremely proud of the work the School Board had accomplished, and the Schools of Our Future project was a passion for him. Life for Steve was all about making a difference. Regardless of the project or the person, he sought to make a difference in everything he did. To Steve, it was not the length of his life that mattered, but the quality of the life that he lived.

Steve is survived by his wife, Vera, of Rockland; his father, Vaughn, of Texas; his five children, Steven and his wife, Jennifer, of West Virginia, Anna and her husband, Cathal, of Ireland, Mandy and her husband, Benji, Joel and his wife, Katy, and Randy, all of Texas; his 13 beautiful grandchildren, Nathanial, Garrett, Isabel, Savannah, Alesia, Gabriel, Irish, Caleb, Rory, Joseph, Levi, Lilly and Lucas; his brothers, David of Arizona, Robin of Mexico, Wesley of Tennessee; and sisters, Donna of Nebraska and Sherry of Oklahoma. He was predeceased by his mother, Sharon Lee.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28 (not to be confused with Jan. 27, as previously announced), at Oceanside High School auditorium, 400 Broadway, Rockland.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Sussman House, c/o Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841; or a charity of choice. Condolences may be shared with the family at

Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.