Joseph J. Roberts, a 46-year veteran of the municipal bond industry, died on May 14. He was 72.

Mr. Roberts of Kingsville, Md., was a 1964 graduate of Calvert Hall College, a 1969 graduate of University of Baltimore and received his Master's Degree in 1974 from Morgan State College.

Mr. Roberts retired in 2013 as a director of institutional sales at M&T Securities Inc. after a 48-year career in the financial markets, most of which was spent in the municipal bond industry.

Joseph J. Roberts
Joseph J. Roberts

“During my time in our industry, I have been very fortunate to have participated in many areas of municipal finance,” Roberts wrote in a 2013 retirement letter to his friends and colleagues. “This diversified exposure has given me the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and nicest people one would ever want to meet. I believe that the bond business has a very rewarding future, and I wish you only the best in your careers.”

Mr. Roberts worked most of his career for Baker, Watts & Co. — and later Ferris, Baker, Watts, Inc. — as well as Folger Nolan Fleming Douglas. He spent the last five years of his career with M&T in its capital markets division.

Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pamela, and his children Marci and Michael Hare, Michelle and Eric Wentworth, Meredith and Kevin Mowry, his grandchildren Brooke and Paige Hare, Makayla and Luke Wentworth, Olivia Cole and Dominic and Mason Mowry, his brother and wife Dennis and Sandi Roberts, and many brother and sister in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather at Schimunek Funeral Home, 610 W. MacPhail Road, Bel Air, on Monday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. The family will hold a Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life on Tuesday. The Memorial Mass will be held at Saint Margaret's Church at 4:00pm with the celebration of Roberts' life immediately following at Maryland Golf & Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University of Maryland Division of Transplantation www.ummsfoundation.org

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