John Anthony Goodman Roberts, Jr.

June 27, 2019 Coatesville, PA "Tony"

John Anthony Goodman Roberts, Jr., or “Tony” as he was affectionately called, passed away at age 50 on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at his home in Coatesville, PA.

He was the husband of Jacqueline I. Roberts, with whom he shared a beautiful 14 year marriage. Tony was the love of Jackie’s life.

Born in Barbados in 1968, he was the son of the late John Anthony Goodman Roberts, Sr. and the late Angela U. Gomes Roberts.

Tony graduated from Unionville High School in 1987 and spent his summers in the Bahamas working as crew on his Uncle John’s fishing charter boat.

Tony continued his education at West Chester University where he graduated with a degree in Marketing in 1992. While in college he worked to get his flight ratings at Chester County Airport. During that time, he also worked at the airport fueling and prepping airplanes and gaining as much experience as he could. He flew many private and corporate jobs before being hired by Delta Air Lines on May 22, 2000. Tony flew the Boeing 727, MD-88, and finally the Boeing 757/767 both domestically and internationally.

Tony was extremely dedicated to his career and worked diligently to become a success.

In his free time, Tony enjoyed hunting with his friends and family in Pennsylvania and on his 42 acre property in Ohio. His hobbies included flying RC model airplanes, collecting diecast model airplanes, fishing, and enjoying the company of his adoring family, his dogs, and close friends.

Tony is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline; his three sisters, Carol Hargroves, Linda Myers and Gail Beare; as well as three brothers, Bruce Roberts, Jerry Roberts and Derek Roberts.

You are invited to visit with Tony’s family on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. A second Visitation will be held the following morning on Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM at the Christian Life Center, 125 Saginaw Road, Lincoln University, PA 19352. Services for Tony will begin at 10:00AM. Interment will follow at Faggs Manor Cemetery, 508 West Street Road, Cochranville, PA 19330.
Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

Message from the Family

We thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please share with us your fond memories of Tony in the Guestbook below.



July 5, 2019 6:00PM to 8:00PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


July 6, 2019 9:00AM to 10:00AM Christian Life Center
125 Saginaw Road
Lincoln University, PA 19352

Funeral Service

July 6, 2019 10:00AM Christian Life Center
125 Saginaw Road
Lincoln University, PA 19352


July 6, 2019 Following Services Faggs Manor Cemetery
Cochranville, PA 19330


  1. I met Tony in 2001 at Delta and we flew together on the MD 88 and we lived close by off rt 82 in Delaware for me and Pennsylvania for him. Tony was hardworking, loyal and honest.
    When I met him he said he knew me from somewhere. Turns out when I was running a Recruiting Command for the Marine Corps he saw me at his High School Graduation giving out an NROTC scholarship in 1987.
    His memory will live on for many of us.

    Mike Protack | July 19, 2019 at 1:35 AM
  2. Tony was a fantastic person to work with. Happy, jovial and had a certain Joie de vivre that made him a pleasant person to be around. HIs sunny demeanor means that he was surrounded by loving friends and family back in Pennsylvania. Thanks Tony, it was great to know you and you shall be remembered fondly.

    Doug Taylor | July 12, 2019 at 11:47 PM
  3. What more can one say. Tony was a great man. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to know and love him. Truly a great guy, Rest In Peace my friend.
    Jon LeMaire

    Jonathan LeMaire | July 7, 2019 at 11:19 AM
  4. To Jackie & the entire family;
    I am truly sorry for your loss; my heart breaks for you all.
    Tony was one of those great guys that you were honored to meet; the first time I met Tony, he had his little dog Mia tucked up in his sweatshirt with just her head sticking up through the neck hole; he loved his dogs. I loved to see Jackie & Tony on the schedule at the Vet clinic I work at; I’d always do my best to get their appointments; both wonderful people.
    I will cherish all the memories of Tony; he will certainly be missed.
    May you rest easy Tony.
    All my love and condolences to the entire family.

    Alison McCoury | July 5, 2019 at 6:42 PM
  5. Tony was my favorite copilot. I never got tired of flying with him. We got into a groove where we bid the same trips and flew together once or twice a month. Every time I saw Tony’s name on my trip, I knew it would be easy, fun and no drama. He met most of my family on one layover or another. We shared countless dinners and many a story over beers. We laughed a lot about politics and life in general. He was a consummate professional and all around good guy. We lost one of the good ones. We will miss him sorely. Our condolences to Jackie and his whole family.

    Mike and Monika McMahon | July 5, 2019 at 12:06 PM
  6. I met Tony in 2000. I’ll never forget seeing his huge smile and feeling his warm welcome to Delta. He immediately put me at ease and showed me the ropes. Right then I knew Tony was someone special. A person cannot just be Tony’s co-worker, anybody who came in contact with Tony wanted to be his friend. Tony is a friend you could count on. He’d do anything you needed.
    Tony’s impeccable work ethic, airplane knowledge and superior Stick and Rudder skills stand out and other pilots saw it. Tony was the type of pilot you’d want flying your family.
    The only greater love Tony had over flying was you, Jackie. He kept your picture close by and didn’t hesitate to proudly talk about you with a big smile.

    I miss him already.

    Walter K.

    Walter Kuen | July 5, 2019 at 8:27 AM
  7. I was honored to fly with Tony internationally at Delta Air Lines out of JFK. We soon realized how much we had in common outside of the airline; hunting , military history, etc. So, as luck would have it, Tony and I flew together several times to Berlin, Germany. We loved Berlin and would sit in cafes or beer gardens drinking wonderful German beer and discuss WWII history and the city of Berlin. We truly bonded as friends and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. I am shocked and saddened at Tony’s passing. A good friend, a good pilot, and a pal that was taken too early. I’ll miss you Tony!

    Jack Wallace - Delta | July 4, 2019 at 6:46 PM
  8. Jackie
    Diane & I are so sorry for your untimely loss. Count on this,the Lord has you in your midnight hour,but he will bring you into the morning with all its glory. Being with family will really help you. We send our thoughts and prayers.
    Anthony & Diane Liquori

    Anthony Liquori | July 4, 2019 at 10:11 AM
  9. I didn’t know Tony but I worked with Gail and she and I are now friends. I’ve heard many stories about Tony and almost feel like I knew him. Tony has his own wings now and can fly without any plane.

    I wish to send my condolences to the family and friends of Tony’s especially Jackie. I am praying for all of you to have strength and hope during this difficult time.

    Judy and Jim | July 3, 2019 at 11:37 PM
  10. We met Tony at the beginning of his flying career. He fueled our airplane when it was based at Chester County Airport where he was working and pursuing his pilot ratings. He had a long and expensive course ahead and I was happy to help him by lending him my airplane for his cross country time. Every accomplished goal was acknowledged with humility, eventually flying charters and then with Delta. Tony possessed the qualities of character that I knew would lead to a lasting friendship. Not many in this world have integrity, honesty, perseverance, humility, intelligence, humor and are actually nice to be around. We will miss him dearly and will cherish our memories that will keep him alive in our hearts (especially the memorable burgers!). His spirit flies and we will one day meet again. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Jackie and the whole family. Our love and prayers are with you. Russ and Mary Pat Mazda

    Russ Mazda | July 3, 2019 at 9:01 PM
  11. Bruce, I am sorry for your loss! I know how close you two were! I pray that you will find comfort in the Memories for Tony and with the passage of time! God Bless you Bruce! You will remain in my thoughts and prayers!

    Brian Roselli | July 3, 2019 at 5:02 PM
  12. Jackie, I do not even know where the begin? There are no Words! Tony and I reconnected, as many do, in Burton’s Barber Shop…
    That was 14 years ago, you two were just getting Married…I still remember the day the two of you came into my office…
    And the many times Tony came in to pay the bills and had puppies popping out of his shirt…Mia was a constant co-pilot with Tony!
    I am smiling and weeping thinking about it…Tony was taken from us too soon! Great Man, Great Person, Great Friend! I will miss him Dearly!
    My heart aches for you, and I pray that you will find comfort with your memories and with the passage of time. God Bless you Jackie…and God Bless Tony! Rest my friend, Rest!

    Brian Roselli | July 3, 2019 at 4:59 PM
  13. I met Tony when we were both first officers on the MD88 based in New York and enjoyed his friendly personality right from the beginning. While we both worked long days in a very challenging airplane, Tony always had a smile every time our paths crossed. Several years later, we both moved on to international flying and I was pleased to see Tony’s name listed one day as the other first officer on my trip to Frankfurt. As we sat together in the cockpit during the ocean crossing, Tony and I mused on life, philosophy, and how far we had come in our journeys. I’m grateful to have spent time with Tony and will miss his positive attitude.

    Andrew Finn | July 3, 2019 at 12:49 PM
  14. Bruce and family, We are so sorry and heartbroken hearing of Tony`s passing. Our prayers are with you and the family and also Beautiful Jackie. Tony had a away about him that once you meant him you fell in love with him and after reading all these posting that are on this page truly shows me and all what an impacted Tony had on people he flew with and came in contact with. His smile would light up the darkest night. He truly loved his family and his dear Jackie. Tony you will be truly missed by all but you will never be forgotten. God`s Speed my friend.

    JOHN MALLOY | July 2, 2019 at 10:07 PM
  15. My condolence to the Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of your loving brother Tony, My prayers are with Jackie and the Family.
    With much love Hugs

    Jan Roberts | July 2, 2019 at 4:06 PM
  16. During our first Delta trip together, I realized how special Tony was. He had a great attitude, a positive happy outlook on life and on his job. He was a brilliantly talented pilot and a delight to be around. Tony and I realized that we had a ton of things in common….ties to Unionville HS, West Chester State and finally Chester County Airport. He was everybody’s favorite to fly with. His smile would light up a room, his personality would brighten a dark day. His entertaining conversation would cause the long hours of an Atlantic Ocean crossing to fly by quickly. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tony’s family and friends. At Delta, we’ve lost a dear friend and an outstanding in peace Tony.

    Paul Higgins | July 2, 2019 at 2:10 PM
  17. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roberts family during this extremely difficult time. We never met Tony and his wife Jackie, but Gail spoke so often and so highly of her brother Tony and the very special person that he was to his family, friends and to anyone that he crossed paths with. Please find comfort in knowing that he will always be with you and always looking over you.

    Kim and Joe Valenti | July 2, 2019 at 1:09 PM
  18. Tony was a man of integrity, who was genuine and had goodness in his heart. He was honest and kind and treated everyone around him with courtesy and respect. I admired his work ethic and his high moral character that he carried into every aspect of his life. He was an exceptional aviator and a professional in the cockpit. He was loved by his colleagues and his friends. He was a steadfast husband to his loving wife Jackie, a caring brother to his siblings, a good uncle, an unbelievable friend, and true gentlemen. I will miss his explosive laugh, his wit in conversation, but most of all his selfless friendship that I was so fortunate to have had for so many years.

    Brian Ciarlone | July 2, 2019 at 10:29 AM
  19. ❤️🛫 Tony’s passion for family, friends, flying and hunting was as strong as his fight to live one more day with Jackie, family and close friends. I will always cherish the visit in March watching Tony and Tom G. share past stories smile and laugh together; boating with the family in the Bahamas 2010 great memories (fat toe mon), and having Tony stay with us as he started his career with Delta In ATL. GA.. 2000. Soar High my friend your SPIRIT is ALIVE in each and everyone of us you touched.

    It was a privilege and honor to be by his side in his final moments with the family and ride his last visual flight… A true gift I will CHERISH for a life time.

    Jackie- I look forward to seeing Tony again someday. Until then; may he FLY HIGH, Hunt when he wants to and know.., YOU the love of HIS life is takening care of and you are surrounded by love. Peace be with you Jackie. Rest in peace Tony! Liz Galazka ❤️🛫💨🛫❤️

    Liz Galazka | July 2, 2019 at 9:41 AM
  20. In Tony’s chosen profession, you fly a three or four day trip with one of hundreds of pilots. You shake hands at the end, and then you may not see each other again for months or maybe years. But during those trips, you sit together for hours over the Atlantic, or visit a foreign city. You talk. Sometimes it’s small talk, sometimes you talk about things that actually matter. The things that are important to you, the things you carry in your heart when you are far away at work, serve to create a picture of your character, of a life. It was very clear that Tony knew and cherished his place in the world. He spoke about his loved ones and friends with reverence, about his passions with great enthusiasm, about himself with humility, and about everything with humor. Tony also debated politics with great conviction, but also with unusual civility and great respect. It was clear that his only intention was to make the world better. That’s exactly what he did, one trip at a time.

    Frédéric Gérard (Delta) | July 2, 2019 at 8:15 AM
  21. My heartfelt condolences to Tony’s family. I was shocked and greatly saddened to hear about Tony’s passing. Tony and I flew several trips together to Europe and we always had a great time chatting and laughing the whole trip. He was truly a great and inspiring human. Rest easy my friend, your legacy will never be forgotten.

    Phil Daniels | July 2, 2019 at 12:41 AM
  22. Praying 🙏 for all who knew & loved Tony.

    Tonya Free | July 1, 2019 at 10:32 PM
  23. Jackie and family, sorry for your loss, that’s the problem with being cousins and living so far apart I only met Tony twice once in PA and the time he and Dave came hunting in Alabama, we had a great time, just wish we could have done it more often.

    T.J. Defee | July 1, 2019 at 10:12 PM
  24. Bruce, so sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Robert’s family.

    Roger Claycomb | July 1, 2019 at 9:36 PM
  25. Jackie. With heart felt condolences Shirley and I pray for you. May all your great memories get you through this difficult time. Knowing that while his time with us was short he touched us all in a magnificent way.

    Dave Blount | July 1, 2019 at 9:12 PM
  26. Jackie, I am so sorry for your loss, I am praying for you and your family for peace and you xoxo

    Christine Gianotti | July 1, 2019 at 8:56 PM
  27. Tony you will be missed.
    Jackie I hope you remember me I used to meet Tony and Dave John and the other guys for breakfast.
    Both my wife Dale and I wish your family the best.

    Greg Burch | July 1, 2019 at 5:19 PM
  28. So sorry for your loss. Tony was a friend and a true Gentleman. I always had the highest level of respect for him and his lovely Bride Jackie. I am at a loss for words to express the meaning of such a passing. With all Respect for both Tony and Jackie.🙏❤️✈️

    Don Bilyew | July 1, 2019 at 5:13 PM
  29. I met Tony briefly before he transitioned. I could tell he was a very nice man.
    I am so sorry for the loss the whole family will experience. My sincere condolences.

    Peggy | July 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  30. Such achievements for a life that was too short here on earth. May you be flying in the heavens now; that was always my mom’s dream. Dad (Derek) probably wants to be fishing and boating in heaven…chatting up his siblings and hoping to catch a salmon bigger than your dad’s..

    Jennifer (Roberts) Makinster | July 1, 2019 at 4:24 PM
  31. I always enjoyed Tony’s company flying trips at Delta. Sharing his stories with my family when I got home would always bring a smile to us all. Being on a medical leave of absence, I was looking forward to seeing Tony when I returned to work. I am truly shocked and saddened.

    Carl Laquidara | July 1, 2019 at 2:54 PM
  32. Words cannot express my deep heartfelt sorrow I have for your family with the loss of such a great man and true friend. Tony will be dearly missed. Rest in peace my friend

    Tom Galazka | July 1, 2019 at 2:15 PM
  33. While we didn’t get to see Tony as much as we would have liked due to the distance, when we saw him, Chuck especially enjoyed talking about flying with him. He had such an enthusiasm and energy when talking about his career. He will be missed, I am sure, by his Delta family as well as everyone else who loved him. We are so sorry, Jackie, for the loss of the love of your life. RIP sweet Tony.

    Fern | July 1, 2019 at 1:50 PM
  34. “Bruce” and family: My heart was sadden when I heard of the passing of your brother, “Tony”, who has transitioned from troubles to triumphant, labor to reward. The greatest comfort we have in the time of loss is in knowing that death does not have the last word – Jesus does! And His Word declares, “I am the Resurrection and the Life… Whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.”

    May the promise of the resurrection bring you comfort even in the midst of your sorrow. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Tim Jones

    Tim Jones | July 1, 2019 at 12:42 PM
  35. Gail Used to tell me all these wonderful stories about Tony, one night while I was traveling and made a stop in New York I called Gail so excited telling her (Gail I saw your brother at the airport, the one that “flew the Target dog“) She said Tony, my lovely Tony…I said yes is him is him I had him on high level of respect, I admire all the stories I heard and they all were wonderful. I pray that God bring healing and peace to all of you who were dearly close to him, I send love and my deepest condolence in this difficult time.

    Elvira Maahs | July 1, 2019 at 11:42 AM
  36. Jackie, I am so sorry to hear of Tony‘s passing. We had so many great conversations @ the Gold‘s gym in Thorndale about Life & politics. He was like a little brother to me. Although I haven’t seen him in many years, I now live in North Carolina I think of him often with a smile. My thoughts & prayers are with you & Tony. God bless, Steve Stanko

    Steve Stanko | July 1, 2019 at 11:20 AM
  37. Sorry for the passing you will be with your mom and dad RIP love to All family will keep in touch
    Love Margaret

    margaret boswell | July 1, 2019 at 10:14 AM
  38. I am so very sorry for your loss. I met Tony in high school thru his closest friend Steven, and Tony was always smiling. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Wendi Miller Chapman | July 1, 2019 at 9:23 AM
  39. I am so sorry for your loss…Tony was a great friend and we always had a great time talking about deer hunting and remote control flying when he came the hobbyshop. He will be dearly missed. My prayers are with your entire family. Rest in peace buddy.

    Eric Musser | July 1, 2019 at 9:22 AM
  40. We are so sorry for your loss. We met Tony through out daughter & son-in-law Diane & Chris Kubilus. Tony was a wonderful man.

    Brenda & Gomer Gealy

    Brenda Gealy | July 1, 2019 at 7:40 AM
  41. Tony was a great friend to us and to our son

    Clark Coulston | June 30, 2019 at 9:03 PM
  42. We are extremely sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Jim and Chris Reagan | June 30, 2019 at 8:31 PM
  43. Our family was blessed a few years ago when Tony came out to Ohio and picked his hunting property. We have never met a more nicer, genuine and caring neighbor. We are grateful for his influence on our children and promotion of enjoying the outdoors. He showed us pictures of his “pretty gal” Jackie and his furry family almost every time he came to Ohio. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are certainly with Jackie, Bruce, the boys and family during this hard loss. Don’t worry Tony, I’ll try to keep an eye on Dave for you. We are going to miss you dearly. Rest peacefully friend.

    Eddie Kirkland | June 30, 2019 at 6:55 PM

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