Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Long Delay Explained

I started blogging a few months ago in an effort to stay in touch with my friends better as my travel schedule was getting rather crazy. The blog really helped me keep in touch with one friend in particular, Wes Roberts. Wes was by far the most frequent reader of and commentator on my site. Many times, my postings would lead to a long e-mail chain back and forth. For those of you who don't know Wes, we were friends in college and worked together for 5 years. Much of our time at work was spent talking about the sort of things I write about. Sadly, Wes passed away a few weeks ago. Here's his obituary.

Wesley David Roberts passed away on March 23, 2007. He was born on January 12, 1977, beloved son of Renae and David Roberts. He attended Palos Verdes schools, beginning with Mira Catalina where his mother was and is a teacher. He was in the first class to go through four years at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, where he was active with Mock Trial, a member of the cross country team and Spanish Honor Society, and captain of the golf team. He belonged to Palos Verdes Assembly and was presented in 1995, the year he graduated. He received a BA from the University of California Berkeley in 1999, majoring in Economics, and was president of Chi Psi Fraternity. While attending Berkeley and after graduation he was an executive at Virco Manufacturing in Torrance. He received an MBA from the Marshall School at the University of Southern California in 2005 and was a law student at UC Hastings at the time of his passing. He had a heart of gold and was a pet lover, avid reader, hiker, traveler and Cal football fan.

Wesley is survived by his parents, Renae and David Roberts of Rancho Palos Verdes, his English bulldog, Bentley, his grandmothers Peggy Johnson and Delia Roberts, his grandfather Dale Johnson, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in the South Bay. He will be remembered with love by Katie Dye Roberts and her family in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Donations in his memory can be made to The Beacon House (1003 S. Beacon Street, San Pedro 90731) or the Peninsula Education Foundation (PO Box 2632, PVP 90274).

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