Longtime Rumsonite Robert “Poppy” Roberto, currently of Monmouth Beach, passed away peacefully on Aug. 6 with his family by his side.
Poppy grew up in Newark and moved to the Jersey Shore with his family in his early teens. He attended Long Branch High School and excelled in football as an All-State champ and got a scholarship to Gettysburg College.
In college he was nominated as an All American Football player. His love for football would remain with him for the rest of his life. He met and married the love of his life Patricia Goodwin and lived, worked and raised his family in Rumson before moving to Monmouth Beach in 2000.
Poppy had a successful real estate business that allowed him to have the freedom to never miss a Pop Warner, high school or college football game for his sons. In his later years you could find poppy at the practice field five days a week watching his beloved grandchildren practicing every day for their football, basketball or baseball games. The true loves of his life were is 10 grandchildren who adored him as much as he adored them.
Poppy is predeceased by: his parents, Joseph and Rose Roberto; his sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Jerry Makris; and his grandson, Alexander “AJ” Heagney.
He is survived by: his wife, Patricia, of 65 years; his children, Cheryl McCauley, Robby and wife Lisa, JV, and Leigh and her husband Chris Greves; nine grandchildren, Michael (Jess) Roberto, Keri Roberto (Dom) Procopio, Danny Roberto, Shannon Roberto (Rahgav) Mehra, Kailee Heagney, Cody, Chandler, Morgan and Peyton McCauley; and four great grandchildren, Brady, Ella and Rory Roberto, and Meadow Procopio.
Services are private. Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
— Edited obituary prepared by family via Thompson Memorial Home
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