Chad A. Roberts, age 33, passed suddenly on August 31, 2022, in Chicago, IL.
Chad was born on June 22, 1989, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Jay Roberts and Candice Houghton. Chad graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, and attended both Western Michigan University and Loyola University in Chicago. Chad is survived by his parents, his siblings (Timothy Daniel Lee, Nathaniel Robert Lee, Jay Alan Roberts Jr.), and his grandmother, Eleanor Roberts.
Growing up in Kalamazoo, he had a variety of pets, including English Bulldogs, Labrador Retrievers, Scottish Terriers, and assorted cats and birds. When he moved to Chicago, Chad realized his life-long passion for animals by working at Companion Animal Hospital and eventually transferring to their River North location. He leaves behind his beloved Puggle, Carl, and his cat, Fanta. In his spare time, Chad enjoyed traveling, camping, kayaking, listening to music, spending time with family, playing games with family and friends, and taking walks with his dog, especially to the doggie beach.
As part of a student exchange program, Chad had lived in Paris, France, giving him the opportunity to visit Versailles & Besançon, France, England, Switzerland, and Amsterdam—where he ran into Willie Nelson at a weed shop. He also lived in Mount Airy, North Carolina; Phoenix, Arizona; and San Francisco, California, before settling in Chicago. He was fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
Chad touched many lives with his inner and outer beauty; exuded a very sexy aura; had compassion, wit, humor, and kindness; and was an overall loving and tender soul. He was a strong advocate of equal rights and allowing people to love whomever they wanted to love. Chad was vocal in his stances both against racism and in defense of animal rights. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew or were touched by him. Even in his passing, his depth of compassion for his fellow human is seen in his choice to be an organ donor.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Anti-Cruelty Society or GLADD.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022 from 1-4pm. Location: Hearthside Apartments Club House, 7566 Currier Drive, Portage, Michigan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Candice Houghton at 269-307-5155.
Aftercare entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, IL