Jim Roberts remembered on Frost Parkway

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Scott Roberts, Jim Roberts' son, crouches with his daughters, Carli (from left), Coraline and Cayla, near a plaque honoring Roberts on Frost Parkway on Sunday afternoon. To view more photos from this event, visit cu.advertiser-tribune.com.

A veteran who was instrumental in honoring the fallen is remembered on a plaque on Frost Parkway, at the same location of Tiffin’s Memorial Day ceremonies.

A ceremony to dedicate a plaque in memory of Jim Roberts, who served the United States in the U.S. Army, Seneca County as its sheriff and the city of Tiffin as a councilman, took place Sunday afternoon.

Roberts, an 83-year-old Tiffin resident who was serving as First Ward councilman on Tiffin City Council, died Sept. 13 at St. Francis Home.

Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas said it was a special day to honor Roberts. He reflected on the question: “What is your legacy?”

“Jim was genuine. He was always genuine,” Thomas said.

Thomas said Roberts was the same in the kitchen, on council and as sheriff and never forgot from where he came. Roberts left a legacy of fostering and developing others around him, he said.

“Jim Roberts always, always advocated civic pride,” he said.

During the ceremony, Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz presented Roberts wife, Barb, a City Hall flag.

Roberts was Seneca County’s sheriff from 1970-1978, had served on Tiffin City Council since 2012 and previously had been chairman of Seneca County Republican Central Committee, according to a release from Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership.

Roberts was named Veteran of the Year by Seneca County Veterans Service Commission in 2014 and was named Citizen of the Year by Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services the following year, it states.

The United States is observing Veterans Day today.

Jody O’Millian, representing Seneca County United Veterans Council, said Roberts had been a long-time member of the council, serving as its adjutant. Roberts provided vocal commands when colors were presented.

It was an honor serving with him, said Jim Rochester, a fellow veterans council member.