On Nov. 28, 2017, Leon “Scootie” Roberts, 81, was reunited with his beloved wife, Joan. Scootie lived his entire life in Malletts Bay where he and Joan raised their family and owned Lakeshore Hardware and Marine.

Scootie’s early years were filled with adventure and mischief. He served in the Army as an MP and later with the Vermont State Police’s marine division. After marrying Joan in 1960, Scootie settled down working the next 22 years at S.T. Griswold. In 1982, he and Joan purchased Lakeshore Hardware, which they owned and operated for 18 years. Selling the store in 2000, Joan and Scootie retired splitting their time between Malletts Bay and Six Lakes Country Club in North Fort Myers, Fla. Unfortunately their retirement was cut short with Joan’s passing in 2001, and Scootie missed her dearly.

Scootie loved Malletts Bay and being on Lake Champlain where he spent many years boating and living on the lake, including entertaining his many friends and family on his deck overlooking the water. Scootie was a member of the Burlington Elks and the American Legion, and he had a passion for golf.

Family was very important to Scootie, and he enjoyed family gatherings. He is survived by his three children Kim Suchsland, Melanie Engstrom and Lee Roberts, as well as his two grandsons Karl Suchsland and Leon Roberts IV. Scootie also leaves behind countless friends in both Vermont and Florida.

The family would like to acknowledge the devotion and friendship of Rick Martelli who has spent the last few years looking after and caring for our father. Words cannot express how truly grateful we are for the time you have spent with our family.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, Dec. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ready Funeral Home on Pinecrest Road, Essex. A celebration of Scootie’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at The American Legion in Colchester at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp-Ta-Kum-Ta or the Colchester Historical Society.

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