William Harrison Roberts, 70, died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.
He was born Oct. 3, 1949, in San Bernardino where he spent much of his early years.
During his teens he lived in El Centro where he met and married the love of his life. Together they spent over 40 years in Yucaipa where he coached soccer and gained many extra kids. He was Dad No. 2 to so many of his children’s friends.
Bill spent 30 years as a painting contractor, well known in his field for his professional, diligent and hard-working ethic. He painted many of the homes in Redlands, Yucaipa and San Bernardino areas. After retirement, on any given day you would find Bill relaxing in his garage with his dogs ready to shoot the breeze with the many friends, family, and extended family that might stop by. He also enjoyed video gaming while taking a break from working around the house or gardening. On Friday nights he and his best friends could be heard a block over as they “jammed” in the garage. These lifelong friendships were cultivated early in his life and have endured between their children.
Bill always accepted people for who they were, and where they were at in their life, and had a way of making everyone feel welcomed and important. To try to end the list of people carrying on his legacy would be a shortfall; for anyone who met Bill loved him and they will all keep his memory going. Bill was a giant among men. The many people whose lives he touched are forever changed from having known him.
Bills is survived by his wife of 49 years, Alice, their two children and their spouses, Annette and Eddie of Beaumont, and Bob and Courtney Roberts of Calimesa. Bill was also blessed with seven grandchildren, Rylee, Iann, Blaize, Julia, Corey, Drake and Ruby. Two brothers, Ron and Kathy Roberts of Arroyo Grande, and Larry and Jaci Roberts of Yucaipa, and his sister, Barbara “Heather” Crist of Aguanga.
No services are planned at this time.