William A. Roberts, 72, Catonsville business owner


William A. Roberts, a retired Catonsville business owner, died of a stroke Sunday at Sinai Hospital. The Woodlawn resident was 72.

He retired five years ago as a fleet manager for what became American Eagle Courier. He had earlier owned a Snap-On Tools franchise for Washington and Baltimore. In the 1960s and 1970s, he owned the Rosehill Shell station on U.S. 40 West.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Howard Park, he was a 1948 graduate of Forest Park High School and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

A past president of the Forest Park Golf Club, he was an officer of the Baltimore Golf Association. Each year he ran the hole-in-one tournament at Carroll Park. He was also a duckpin bowler and treasurer of Immanuel Men's Bowling League at Westview Lanes.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 122.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at St Mary's Episcopal Church, 5610 Dogwood Road, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Margaret E. Hoffman; two sons, William V. Roberts of Catonsville and Matthew D. Roberts of Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Elizabeth A. Doyle and Cathryn C. Munck, both of Catonsville; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson..

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