ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jerome Terrence Roberts 24 years old , born on March 20, 1986 and passed away on July 28, 2010. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Nat Bean on March 22, 2018
Uncle Jerry and Aunt Marvie,
Thinking of JT today. We love you and miss him being here but thankful he added a bit of joy to those who crossed his path.
Natalie
Posted by Jerome Roberts on March 20, 2017
Today would be birthday number 31. So many thoughts I would share with you. Always with me my Son.
Posted by Kathy Cohn on March 20, 2015
JT, here I am again to say how much I miss you. Meryl and I speak of your often and think of you even more often. It's a beautiful first day of spring, a great time to post this note. Love Always, Kathy
Posted by Kathy Cohn on March 20, 2014
JT, today is your birthday and the first day of Spring. How fitting.
I am having fond memories of you today and continue to miss you always.
Posted by Meryl Cohn on March 20, 2012
Happy Birthday my love, not a day that goes by that I don't think about you, but especially today, as we spent many birthday celebrations together...I'm with you on this one too...I love you!
Posted by Kathy Cohn on March 20, 2012
JT, on your birthday and nearly every day I think of you. I look at your photo beside my computer as I work. And sometimes I read the last text exchange we had in July, 2010. And of course Meryl and I speak of you fondly and often. I miss you. Blessings and hugs. Luv, Kathy. AKA Mrs. Cohn
Posted by Nat Bean on July 28, 2011
We lived far apart but I am thankful for the few times I had to talk with or email my cousin, J.T. When I think of him I think of a promise to all, "A new heart also will I give you..." Ezekiel 36:26 KJVBible
Posted by Dorothy Thomas on August 7, 2010
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one. I did not know Jerome, but I am praying for your family. I pray that God's love will sustain you during this difficult.
Posted by Beverly Rhodes on August 7, 2010
JT's life is a testimony of the love and care given to him by two wonderful parents. I am truly saddened by the loss of my beloved nephew. He will be forever missed.
Posted by LaShell Diggs on August 6, 2010
I am so saddened to hear of JT's passing. Roberts Family, may God comfort you during this painful time. JT was such a smart and kind young man. He will be remembered. God Bless You.
Posted by Nancy Nakagawa on August 6, 2010
I am totally shocked with the news of J.T.’s passing. I remember him as a smart, happy, well-liked individual who was loved by staff and students.  During his short time here, he spread a lot of joy to a lot of people. He will be missed. 
Posted by Claudia Kreis on August 6, 2010
Jerome, my heart is heavy knowing that your son is no longer with you to share the joy. May your faith comfort you, may his spirit give you strength and peace.
Posted by Karen Parker on August 5, 2010
It was an honor and joy to have been J.T.'s teacher. His inquisitive mind, quick wit, and infectious smile endeared him to all who worked with him. His strength of spirit is a lesson to us all.
Posted by Marvie Roberts on August 3, 2010
He is "free at last, free at last". Everyone who had the good fortune to come across his path, peace and blessings.
Posted by Mike Tinsley on August 3, 2010
Rest in peace my friend.  We went to high school together so sad to learn of Jerome's passing...great guy. Stand up man......Was Jerome ill or injured?
My blessings to the family
Posted by Aubrey Chevalier on August 3, 2010
Here's a link that one of JT's former roommate created as a everlasting gift to us all.

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120280068019611&ref=mf

The Long Beach Press Telegram today,8/3/10,Orbit
Posted by Tracy Simmons on August 3, 2010
I didn't know Jerome, but I know that he must have been an individual of great strength, courage, and compassion. Peace, Tracy Simmons
Posted by Donna McKeehan on August 3, 2010
My heart aches for your lose of this amazing man and son. May the memories and knowledge of what he gave the world bring smiles to your faces. Peace and love to you all.

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Nat Bean on March 22, 2018
Uncle Jerry and Aunt Marvie,
Thinking of JT today. We love you and miss him being here but thankful he added a bit of joy to those who crossed his path.
Natalie
Posted by Jerome Roberts on March 20, 2017
Today would be birthday number 31. So many thoughts I would share with you. Always with me my Son.
Posted by Kathy Cohn on March 20, 2015
JT, here I am again to say how much I miss you. Meryl and I speak of your often and think of you even more often. It's a beautiful first day of spring, a great time to post this note. Love Always, Kathy
Recent stories
Shared by Jerome Roberts on August 1, 2016

While waiting for the doctor J.T. went to the cafeteria to get one of the free meals they provided for patients who were waiting to see their doctors.  Because he had to fast the meal was not for him but for me as we had left the house early and did not have time for me to get breakfast.  He said,  "I know how you get when you have not had any food. " He was always looking out for others. 

A Storied Poem

Shared by Aubrey Chevalier on August 10, 2010

 A storied poem I came across a while back, I thought fitting for JT and all. ...

Added by Paul Banchieri on : 08/09/2010

The Little Ship

 

I stood watching as his little ship sailed out to sea. 

The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light.

 

And as he slowly disappeared from sight, 

a voice at my side whispered, "... He is gone".

 

But,  the sea was a narrow one. ...

 

On the farther shore, a little band of friends and family,

had gathered to watch and wait, in happy anticipation -for him. 

 

Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail. 

 

And at the very moment when that voice 

had whispered to me, "... he is gone" 

 

A glad shout went up in joyous welcomeon the far shore,

~yelling "Here he comes! ...Here he comes!"

 

 

*Sleep well, JT.

JT'S MEMORIAL SERVICE

Shared by Aubrey Chevalier on August 9, 2010

Spoken by JT's Uncle Terrence J Roberts August 7, 2010:

 We bear witness today that our lives were enriched by JT's presence among us.  Through his measured responses to life's surprises, by his ever ready smile that could light the darkest corners, in the way in which he allowed us to be our imperfect selves in our relationships with him, he showed us glimpses of life at its best.  Managing the painful grief we feel in the wake of his departure is made easier as we remember how he would have instructed us.  A lesson plan writ large is there as we consider how he faced his own life-threatening dilemma.  JT's model was one of calm, easy acceptance of unwelcome reality.  He confronted the issues head on; without a visible display of fear (most surely for our benefit, not his).  He talked freely and openly about the valley of the shadow of death he trod.  Not one to shy away from the critical issues he faced, his choice was to dive in and learn how to cope.  In so doing,  he demonstrate for us possible ways to play the hands we are dealt.  In the manner in which he offered detailed analyses of his varied and sundry medical procedures, he showed us the power of words in the service of taming an unruly adversary.  His facility with words allowed him to give expression to thoughts and feelings that for most of us, go unspoken,unreported, absent from the discourse.  His willingness to speak, to write, to engage us in dialogue means that we have a treasure trove of memories to draw upon.  I was especially delighted to read one of JT's blog entries as he described a conversation with one of his physicians who had awakened him one morning at 1am to report that a heart had been located.  His use of humor was on display as he captured his thoughts for us to read.  As he pondered the doctor's message, he realized that he didn't know the protocol for such an encounter; what does one say?  After all, he said, this was the first time anybody had ever offered him a body part.  In truth, a gentle, caring spirit has been transported beyond our reach.  The light of his presence has dimmed but the glorious aura remains to guide our pathways and highways and byways as we traverse the roads we have left to explore.  JT was loaned to us for a season, but his impact will last a lifetime.  Cry, we must, for in so doing , we pay tribute to one who meant so much to so many.  But as the tears diminish, we realize that not all is lost.  Though the clouds of grief will linger, the healing sunshine of joy waits for those moments of readiness when we can allow the rays to dispel the clouds.  And as JT himself might counsel, don't rush the process; don't push the river, let it flow.    Jerome Terrence, you walked among us and left a bold footprint.  May we walk taller henceforth, better able to face life on its own terms, willing to seek higher ground.  May God grant you rest and peace in His Eternal kingdom.