Lincoln E. Roberts, 93, devoted birdwatcher and member of Cape Fear Camera Club

Lincoln E. Roberts

WILMNGTON — Lincoln E. Roberts, 93, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Lincoln was born in Washington, D.C., as one of eight children. Upon turning 18, he joined the U.S. Navy to serve his country in World War II before attending George Washington University (GWU). He graduated from the GWU School of Engineering in 1953 and began his lifelong career as a mechanical engineer. Lincoln was a very accomplished in his work and received recognition for holding over 25 U.S. patents, most of which are still commonly used today.

Outside of his work, he was an avid woodworker, led trips for the Sierra Club, was a devoted birdwatcher and enjoyed taking his family on vacations throughout the Western United States. He loved being behind the lens of the camera to capture beautiful pictures of scenery and wildlife everywhere he went. One of his favorite trips was a long vacation in New Zealand with his wife Elizabeth — which provided stunning pictures as well as countless stories that he shared often.

Lincoln’s devotion to birdwatching and photography continued upon his move to Wilmington in 2007. He frequently participated in local birdwatching trips and was a member of the Cape Fear Camera Club. In his final years, he could often be found watching birds at the feeders and completing backyard bird counts for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Lincoln was a dedicated husband, father and provider. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth. He is survived by his three children, Susan (Dario), Anita (Alan), and Larry (Traci). He also was a proud grandfather of seven grandchildren, Mck, Mercedes, Stephen, Sarah, Adele, Grayson and Savannah; and three great-grandchildren, Kyleigh, Lyla and Davis.

Lincoln was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington (UUCWNC) and will be remembered by family and friends at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 7. The Rev. Cheryl Walker and the UUCWNC congregation will host Lincoln’s celebration of life service via Zoom. You may join the service from their website at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lincoln’s memory to the National Audubon Society or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Wilmington.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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