The greater Glen Ridge community is mourning the loss of Officer Charles ‘Rob’ Roberts, who passed away from COVID-19 complications this week at the age of 45. A life-long New Jersey resident, Officer Roberts was an integral and beloved member of the Glen Ridge community. To properly commemorate his passing, the town that he served and loved so much is showing their love in return with a memorial service and tribute to the dedicated officer, husband, and father.
Tomorrow, Thursday, May 14th, a memorial service will be held, honoring Officer Roberts. At 11:45 AM, a procession escort will be traveling from a Bloomfield funeral home to the Glen Ridge Municipal Complex, via Bay Avenue and Ridgewood Avenue. At 12 o’clock noon, a memorial service will be held outside of the Municipal Building, facing Bloomfield Avenue, with the complex and surrounding lawn being closed to the public. While Glen Ridge municipal leaders understand that the town residents wish to honor Officer Roberts, in order to prevent a large public gathering, they encourage the community to pay their respects virtually and safely, through a livestream that can be accessed on the Glen Ridge Borough Facebook page, or here.
Following the service, at around 12:50 PM, a funeral procession will travel throughout Glen Ridge on its way to bring Officer Roberts to his final resting place. The procession will include Roberts’ family and members of the public safety community. The procession route can be found below.
Glen Ridge officials are asking the members of their community to stand outside of their homes at 12:50 PM, with their hands over their hearts in order to honor the fallen officer. His wife, Alice Roberts, has also asked residents to wear the colors of the New York Mets in order to further show their support.
Glen Ridge town officials are thanking the public for their constant support and prayers at this time.