YELDON, Roberta Joan 1960-2021

Peacefully on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at the age of 60. Daughter of the late Patricia Kealey and Gerald King. Beloved wife of Gregory Yeldon. Cherished mother of Allison (Oliver Platzen) of Hudson, Christopher (Madeline Bongers) of Ottawa, Ontario, Sean (Allison Milne) of Ottawa, Ontario, Erin of Wallace, Nova Scotia, Kelsey of Fernie, British Columbia, and Liam of Hudson. Loving grandmother of Josephine, Elias, Freya, Beatrice, Caspar, and William. Dear sister of Kathy McSheffrey (Jim), Caroline Casey (Bill), Geraldine Low (Philip), David King (Heather Riopelle), Michael King (Paula), and Maryanne King (Paul Conlin).

Roberta was an adoring wife, a devoted mother, a loving grandmother (Mango), a soul mate to many, a dear friend to everyone she met. The breadth and scope of her caring and generosity were enormous, from her beloved town of Hudson, to her hometown of Ottawa, to her special Cape Breton Island and beyond. She was a saint walking amongst us. Her faith was her foundation, so we will gather and collectively celebrate her life with a Memorial Mass at a later date this year.

Family and friends may pay respects below. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish on Monday, March 29th at 4 pm. A live-stream broadcast of the mass will be available on the Parish’s website.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Pure Art Foundation, a cause ‎dedicated to children and families in Peru that was very dear to Roberta’s heart.


  • Francine Legault, Eddy DeSousa, Tristan, Sarah & Philip Posted 24/03/2021 12:24 am

    En mon nom personnel et celui des anciens bénévoles de l’Ecole St-Thomas, je tiens à offrir nos plus sincères condoléances à Greg et toute la famille. Nous garderons de merveilleux souvenirs de cette si belle personne, de nos belles rencontres, nos fous rires, nos milliers de hot-dogs, muffins, melons d’eau, fêtes familiales et plus. RIP ma belle Roberta, ta bonté, ta générosité, ta disponibilité, ton accueil et ton sourire resteront à jamais gravés dans nos cœurs!

  • Allan Ryan Posted 24/03/2021 4:21 am

    Greg, it is truly difficult to express to you and your family the deep sense of grief we feel for your loss. Roberta, was one of the warmest and caring people that both Bonnie and I have ever met. Her compassion for everyone and everything around her was so evident every time she was in our presence. She was one of those people who would come across the room to say hello and share her endearing smile. She was the essence of motherhood and her children were truly blessed to call her Mom. We are deeply sorry for your loss and offer you and your children our thoughts and prayers. She was a lovely lady who will never be forgotten. God has a new angel by his side, but one who was taken far to early in life. Please accept our prayers and sympathy.

  • Danielle and David Steele Posted 24/03/2021 1:07 pm

    Greg and family,
    Roberta touched our lives in so many wonderful ways. I could list stories about this but so could everyone she knew. She was the kindest and pure of heart person I can think of. I feel that the planet has lost one of its brightest lights but heaven has gained an angel. Praying for you all as you find your way through this unthinkable loss. Danielle Dave and Clarissa Steele

  • Kathy Conway Posted 24/03/2021 2:06 pm

    My sympathies to the entire Yeldon family. Roberta was my fellow anglo on the comité d’ecole at St. Thomas many years ago. Even years later when I would meet Roberta in the village, she was always smiling,and bringing me up to date on her children and grandchildren. We were all fortunate to know her

  • Lynne Stanton Ostrow Posted 24/03/2021 3:34 pm

    Dear Greg, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your Roberta. Please share my condolences with your children as well.

  • Diane, Alexandre and Sara Storelli Posted 24/03/2021 7:47 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Yeldon family,
    I had the privilege to share many unforgettable moments with Roberta during our volunteering years at St-Thomas school. She was an extraordinary human being and her generosity was above and beyond. She was a blessing to us all!

  • Bruce O’Callaghan Posted 25/03/2021 9:59 am

    Condolences to the King and Yeldon families. We were very sorry to learn about Roberta’s passing. Many years ago Roberta and her sisters worked summer jobs at Graves Roofing. We have fond memories of those times. We extend our sincere sympathy.

  • Mike and Liset Stanton Posted 25/03/2021 11:26 am

    Dear Greg and family,
    Our deepest condolences to you, the Yeldon and the King families. Roberta was a beautiful person, taken far too soon, and you are all our thoughts and prayers,

  • Eric Leduc Posted 25/03/2021 12:35 pm

    Hi Greg.
    Please accept all my condoleances. I am sorry for your loss.
    I am a CMC technician, we had the opportunity to talk once or twice. (The magician under the influence)

  • Nathalie Goyer Posted 25/03/2021 1:49 pm

    Dear Greg and family,
    Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of Roberta. She was one of the nicest and caring person I’ve had the chance to know. Always there to help in any way she could. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in these hard times.

  • Salim Ramji Posted 25/03/2021 2:13 pm

    Dear Greg
    My condolences for Roberta’s sad demise. My her soul rest in eternal peace and may your family have the strength and courage to deal with the loss. What an achievement Roberta and you have had with your family. May her amazing achievement always enlighten you and your children & grandchildren.

  • Owen and Marilyn Colton Posted 25/03/2021 2:24 pm

    Dear Greg and family. Owen and I extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of a very special wife, mother, grandmother and friend of everyone. Roberta has left us with the hope that we will appreciate others by showing warmth, kindness, compassion and empathy with a focus on behavior that is morally and ethically right. She has left an indelible mark of positivism on her family, her friends and all who came in contact with her. May God support you through your grief knowing that Roberta is in Heaven with Gary, Joan, Theresa and other family.

  • France Naud Posted 25/03/2021 2:34 pm

    Dear Greg and family,
    I’m so sad. Roberta was such a beautiful person who will leave a great emptiness.
    You and your family are in our thoughts.
    Bon courage

    France, Benoit, Alex and Oksana

  • Mike Baine Posted 25/03/2021 4:10 pm

    Dear Greg and family. Please accept my sincere condolences. How terribly sad. The Yeldon and King families were some of my most favourite memories of my years at St Pius in the 1970’s.: .your and Roberta’s basketball coach, Roberta babysitting my little ones, attending your wedding etc. And the awesome siblings you both have. Words don’t suffice Greg. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mike Baine ( “Coach”)

  • Angelo Segall Posted 25/03/2021 5:13 pm

    Dear Greg and family, the loss that you your family experiencing
    I can only imagine how difficult this must have been for you!
    I am always at a loss for words in case like this…
    Our Sincere Condolences
    Lia & Angelo Segall

  • Bobbi Hamilton Posted 25/03/2021 8:05 pm

    Dear Allison and Family,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. Your mom was a bright light who clearly touched the lives and hearts of so many people, myself included. I have no doubt that her amazing spirit will continue to live on through her children and grandchildren. Wishing you all love, strength and healing during this time.

  • Leslie Perry Posted 26/03/2021 8:46 am

    Dear Greg and Family,
    Please accept our sincerest sympathy on behalf of myself and all of the Bartolomucci Family. For those of us who were lucky enough to have Roberta, even a small part in our lives, she always inspired us to be a better person through her kindness and care for others. Roberta had a beautiful soul which was visible to all of us who spent any time with her and we will cherish that time in our memories. We pray that in time the pain in your hearts may lessen.

  • Laura Pfeiffer – Part 1 Posted 26/03/2021 12:42 pm

    My heart is broken for you Greg, Allison, Christopher, Sean, Erin, Kelsey, and Liam. I have so many cherished memories of Roberta, an angel walking among us. She was tireless; constantly volunteering in the kids’ schools (I still use the pasta spoon that she sent me home with after a spaghetti dinner), organizing dinners for friends who were sick, and anything else that was needed. She was the foundation of our coffee group of about a dozen young moms and many more children! She offered us a wealth of advice, support and always a sweet treat! She was the first to soothe a crying baby at the same time as telling us a hilarious story!

  • Laura Pfeiffer – Part 2 Posted 26/03/2021 12:43 pm

    She was the most selfless person I have ever met. I once asked her how I should go about decorating a birthday cake in the famous Roberta style and she told me to come over with my cake and a pound of butter and she would guide me through it. Not only did she decorate the whole cake beautifully, she sent me home with a loaf of banana bread! And as I was leaving she reminded me that two of her kids had birthdays in the same week! Of course Berta put the need of a friend before her own.
    The loss that the community feels is nothing compared to your own, but please know how treasured she was and how fortunate so many of us feel having the privilege of occupying a place in her heart.

  • Francois Major Posted 26/03/2021 3:02 pm

    Deepest condolences to the family. Roberta was an amazing lady. She brought happiness and smiles everywhere she went. Laurence, Catherine and Francois Major

  • Liz (Jeffrey) Murphy Posted 26/03/2021 3:05 pm

    Dear Greg, and the rest of the Yeldon and King Families,
    I was shocked and saddened to learn today of Roberta’s sudden passing from a former colleague at Pius. I coached Roberta on the Junior Basketball Team at Pius back in the 70’s but remember her vividly and that beautiful smile which is so evident in the lovely photos you shared. She was such a positive, upbeat young lady. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to you, your children, and grandchildren who have lost such a treasure too soon.

  • Jennifer and Dale Solf Posted 26/03/2021 3:22 pm

    Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories.

    Dear Yeldon family,
    We are so heartbroken and deeply sorry to hear of Roberta’s passing. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    We are wishing you strength and peace during this unimaginable time. We will never forget her grace, kind heart and warm smile. She was radiant, humble, and one of the loveliest people.

    Love and hugs.
    Jennifer and Dale Solf

  • The Hiscox family Posted 26/03/2021 4:34 pm

    The Hiscox family would like to extend their deepest condolences for the loss of Roberta. May your memories keep you strong.

  • Bob Hoare Posted 26/03/2021 9:12 pm

    Kelsey and Monica went to school together and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Roberta on several occasions. To thd entire family, Bob and I send our deepest condolences. May God continue to give you the strength during this difficult journey. Rose Marie and Bob.

  • Dan Colterman and Carolyn Roberts Posted 27/03/2021 9:07 am

    Greg and family, I am shocked to hear of Roberta’s passing. Much loved by anyone who had the opportunity to know her. She was an example to all, living on a solid foundation of faith by her selfless and kindness to all who had the privilege to know her. Her legacy will live on in her children and grandchildren. Much love and prayers as you navigate through this most difficult time.

  • Sean, Sandy and Cynda McAdoo Posted 27/03/2021 9:33 am

    Dear Greg and family, our sincere condolences to you and family on the passing of Roberta. We hope you find comfort in your memories.

  • Greg and Patricia McEvoy Posted 27/03/2021 10:08 am

    Our deepest condolences to the Yeldon and King families. Roberta was such a sweet and caring person. She always made us feel welcome and like part of the family. She was such an integral part of the family that we know her kindness and spirit will live on with the children and grandchildren. We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you often.

  • Brenda and Bryan Amyot Posted 27/03/2021 11:02 am

    Both Bryan and I were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden loss of one of the brightest lights in Hudson. Roberta’s presence in our little town was such a gift, she will be truly missed by many. We extend our heart felt condolences to you Greg and all of your family.

  • Robert Carroll and Carole Rentschler Posted 28/03/2021 11:26 am

    Dear Greg and the kids. We are very sorry for your unexpected loss of Roberta. I was so happy to have seen both of you the week prior and so devastated to hear of the sudden event. I forever have to be thankfull for all that Roberta did for Diane and my kids over the years. That is only one example of the “walking saint” she was, always out to help someone and will be missed by many.

  • Daniel White Posted 28/03/2021 11:40 am

    Greg, Caroline and Family
    So sad to hear of your tremendous loss. Unimaginable is the only word that comes….. Please know that our family holds you all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  • Holly, Paul, Leo and Emmi von Huene Posted 28/03/2021 12:39 pm

    Dear Allison and family, please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending our love.

  • Brigitte, François, Patrick Hudon and family Posted 28/03/2021 4:00 pm

    To the Yeldon family, You are all in our thoughts today after hearing with great sadness your loss of Roberta who left us much too soon. I feel so privileged to have crossed paths with her and to have had her in my life during our days at St Thomas school and then Bourget. I had hoped to reconnect with her these last few years but now her memory will live on and she will continue to be a wonderful inspiration to me. François, Patrick and our family join me in offering all of you our most sincere condolences. Brigitte

  • Sheila Starkie and Betty Leayman Posted 28/03/2021 4:36 pm

    My sincere condolences Greg, and all the family for the loss of dear Roberta. From your neighbour across the street, Betty.

  • Andrea LeClair-Esteves Posted 29/03/2021 12:25 am

    My sincere condolences to everyone in the family. Roberta taught me kindness and to love unconditionally. I will always keep good memories of her and I still can’t believe she has left us. This woman had a huge heart and has touched many of us in so many ways. She was a big part of my childhood and I am thankful that I got to meet her and learn from her. I am sending the Yeldon family lots of love, positive energy, and hugs. Thinking about all of you during this difficult time xx

  • Minh and Hung LA Posted 29/03/2021 9:19 am

    Dear Kelsey,
    We are truly saddened by your loss. We know that Y-Lan will cherish all of the beautiful memories of your mother in her heart. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Sending you all our love.
    Minh and Hung La, Y-Lan’s parents

  • Bonk Family Posted 29/03/2021 9:38 am

    Yeldon and King families we are sadden for your loss…Berta was a great lady. She was one of those people you meet and 10 minutes later it was like you knew her your whole life. She was always helping or giving to others. Whenever she went she seemed loaded down with goodies for others (Martha Stewart could of picked up a few tips from BERTA). Her children all have her kind and giving way about them. It has been our pleasure to meet her and her family..

  • Anick Joanisse et Éric Léger Posted 29/03/2021 11:51 am

    C’est avec tristesse que nous avons appris le décès de Mme Yeldon. Votre belle et grande famille nous touche énormément et c’est sans doute en grande partie dû à Roberta. Nos plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille.
    Anick et Éric, Verger de Hudson

  • Line, Germain et Rachel Lord Posted 29/03/2021 2:15 pm

    À la famille Yeldon, nous sommes à court de mots pendant cette période douloureuse. Sachez que nous pensons à vous et prions pour la paix et le confort. Cette nouvelle nous apporte beaucoup de tristesse.

  • Debbie Kastner Posted 29/03/2021 5:04 pm

    It is with such a heavy heart that I send my deepest condolences to the Yeldon family. Roberta was such an inspiration to all who knew her. We met when our kids were little and we volunteered together for kid related events over the years. When I think of Roberta I think of her smile, her generosity, her energy, her willingness to always be the first to volunteer, to give her time to anyone in need of it. She made you want to be a better person. I am so happy to see that her children have adopted her spirit and kindness. She has left a little sparkle in everyone that she has touched and I am so grateful to have had the chance to spend some time in her presence.

  • Allie, Adam, Jack, Sophie and Tessa Posted 30/03/2021 9:41 am

    Dear Allison and family, our deepest sympathies for your loss. Roberta was a shining light to all of those whose paths she crossed. Her legacy will live on and she will continue to inspire people to do good, be kind and generous, and serve God. May you find comfort and strength in the community that your mother held high for so many years. Sending you love

  • Mario Ricci Posted 30/03/2021 11:22 am

    Dear Greg, We would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beloved Roberta. May your memories give you peace and comfort.
    Sincerely Mario and Sera Ricci

  • Claude Chidiac, Anita and Maeva Posted 01/04/2021 6:50 pm

    Dear Greg and children, Anita and I are still in shock and deeply saddened by the news of Roberta’s passing. While we had only been around her a few times, she left us with the memory of someone greater than life, someone who relentlessly sought to support and care for others. We cannot begin to imagine what you are all going through and wish you strength through this unbelievably rough passage. We hope that her memory will continue to live in your hearts and those of her grandkids. We pray that her soul is in peace with God.

  • Mary Vitou Posted 11/04/2021 12:04 pm

    It was with great sadness that I read of Roberta’s passing. Her ready and glowing smile, her warmth and kindness, her generosity and loving presence were a constant source of comfort and happiness when I spent time with her as our children were schooled at St-Thomas.
    With deepest sympathy on her passing and prayers that you will all find comfort in the beloved memories she has woven into all of your lives.
    Mary Vitou, Alexandre, William and Caroline Dessureault

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