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David Roebuck brought much laughter, kindness, and love during his 25 years of life. He lived a short, but a full life before he unexpectedly passed at MGH on Nov. 14, 2017, from a rare and relentless form of bone cancer called Chordoma. David nicknamed himself "The Beast" as he perservered with determination and with positive thinking through many surgeries, complications, and speciaized radiation.
David was always proud of being unique. He viewed the world differently than most, he had a creative mind, and thought outside the box. He srongly felt everyone should embrace their own unique qualities. David loved to laugh, be silly, and was fascinated with the smallest things in life that others would often take for granted. His smile was infectious -- one couldn't help but smile and laugh with him.
He would sing Christmas carols every month of the year because they made him happy. He loved the Christmas season. He cherished times when his family was all gathered together. Friends and family meant the world to him.
It was difficult for David to think about continuing his journey after life on earth. He did not want to leave his family and friends; he didn't want people to feel sad. He requested that we remember the good times and the fun we shared with him. In doing this, we can be happy that he will remain with each of us: his parents, William and Laurel Roebuck of Methuen, his brothers and their wives, Chistopher Roebuck and Danyelle LaVancha of Watertown, N.Y.; Jason and Stacy Roebuck, and David's niece and nephews, whom he adored, Nathaniel, Madyson, Wyatt Roebuck of Salem, N.H.; his other "brother," Cory Roebuck of Portland, Maine, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. His grandparents, who predeceased him, held a very special place in David's heart: Ruth and Ralph Jones of Peabody and Catherine and John Roebuck of Everett.
It was important for David to share lessons he learned in life after he adjusted to the difficult challenges with Chordoma, but he learned life was precious. He expressed his wishes that people be helpful to one another, provide support to others in need, to show acts of kindness, "as simple as opening doors for another." He noted that it was as important to accept another's help in return. He was a firm believer that bullying should end.
In the spirit of David's Legacy, we kindly ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 360 S. Main St., Andover, MA 01810 (where David was an acolylote and was confirmed); or The Chordoma Foundation, in Memory of David Roebuck, P.O. Box 2127, Durham, NC 27702 or at https://impact.chordom afoundation.org/In-Memoryof-David-Roebuck.
During this joyous holy season, and in remembrance of David, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Published on  December 2, 2017
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