In Memory of George Roberts, 1937 - 2005 On Sunday, June 12, 2005, St. Ann’s Drum Major George Roberts lost his long battle and passed away. A retired detective, George came to St. Ann’s through Cliff Roberts, his son. He picked up the mace and marched with the band whenever possible…his love of the band and pipe and drum was boundless. Prior to retiring from the NYPD, he was a member of the Son of Sam Task Force, receiving numerous police and community commendations, and finishing his police career as a member of the 'Jade Squad'; an elite group of detectives formed to break up organized crime in New York's Chinatown. In retirement, he worked as body guard and security for the Billy Joel/Christy Brinkley wedding as well as for Michael Jackson at the Motown Records celebration. He worked until the day he went into the hospital, finishing at McGraw-Hill Corp as a corporate security investigator. He was also responsible for working with foreign government agencies for the international McGraw-Hill corporate officers meetings. His last international assignment was traveling to Russia and working with FBI and former KGB agents for a Moscow conference. His illness kept him from his post as drum major longer than he would have ever wanted, but he never, ever lost his love for our band and the members that made up its ranks. While ill, he kept his mace nearby, as motivation to get back on the field and march us into our sets. George always knew we had the people it took to make this band something we could bring our families into, and make a part of our lives. He appreciated every opportunity to be in the band. To him it was a privilege. And for us, it was an honor.
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