GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Robert “Bobby/The Cap’n” Roles


Robert “Bobby/The Cap’n” Roles

Robert “Bobby/The Cap’n” Roles passed away unexpectedly May 5, 2018, at Swedish Hospital, Seattle, Washington, following a brief illness. He was 66.

Bobby was preceded in passing by his father, Elgar Roles, and mother, Angeline Roles (Tuchscherer), of Kent, Washington.


Robert “Bobby/The Cap’n” Roles

He is survived by his wife and best friend Cricket (Lucia), and his six girls and their families: Christine and Steven, Rachel and Ryann Urquhart, of Champlin, Minnesota; Julie and Brian Beall and David Simpson, Sitka; Kitty and Phil, and Megan, Bobby, Ben and Alora Thomas, of Butte, Alaska; Emy Roles, Sitka; Tiffany Roles, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Jillian, and Robert Sollars, Juneau. 

Bobby was born Jan. 1, 1952, in Towner, North Dakota.  He attended Kentridge High School, Green River College and flight school in Washington, and worked at Albertson’s Grocery in Kent.

He moved to Anchorage in the late 1970s where he worked for Procter’s Grocery and met his wife Cricket (Lucia).  He then worked for Coca Cola of Alaska for many years and was fittingly honorary Santa Claus in commercials and at many events.

Bobby and Cricket made their home in Anchorage and Birchwood, raising their six girls while spending many summers making beautiful memories on the waters of the Talkeetna River and Kachemak Bay.

The family moved to Sitka in 1999 where Bobby worked for K&L Distributors, retiring in the spring of 2018.

 Bobby was a man of faith, honor and integrity.  He loved his wife and family without measure, and was a shining example of what a husband, father and son of God should be.  Bobby loved life and made friends easily.  He was always willing to help anyone and was full of joy and laughter.  His big-hearted, mischievous laugh and the twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes were engaging and endearing.

“Bobby was loved by so many and we will miss him terribly,” his family said.

The family respectfully asks for privacy at this time. In lieu of flowers, etc., the family suggests donations be made in his memory to a local organization of your choosing.


 A memorial service to celebrate his life and share memories will take place at the Elks Lodge from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




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March 23, 2020



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