Memorial Service for
Pamela Jane Roberts Trivette
The Roberts and Trivette Family would like to thank
you for attending the Memorial Service in Florida,
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 at Pam's favorite
spot on the beach, the
North Turn Restaurant in
Ponce Inlet. Thank you to the restaurant for the
hospitality and supporting the racing community.
Celebration of Life for Pamela Roberts
Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at 12 Noon
The Sharon Memorial Park
Passes away at the age of 58
It is with profound sadness to report that the
last of the immediate Robert's family, Pamela Roberts, has
passed away on Sunday, April 26th due to unknown circumstances. A
Rockledge, Florida resident for the past several years, she was
found by a neighbor at her front door while preparing to leave for a
trip to nearby Daytona Beach, her selected home town.
Born March 11, 1951 to Glenn and Doris Roberts
in Charlotte, NC, Pamela had recently made plans to move back to the
Daytona area. She was passionately involved in preparing a book
about her famous race car driver Father, who was always "Daddy" to
her. Just 10 days removed from the 5th anniversary of her Mother's
death, Pam was valiantly carrying on the legacy of her Father,
Mother and family name.
The picture above was taken in Daytona
Beach this past April 10th, 2009 by her good friend Steve Leake at
the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach where NASCAR was born.
Pam has authored a great site for her Dad at
www.Fireball22.com . Check
Pamela Roberts Trivette Tribute Page
Email me with Pamela Updates. Click Here.
This was the ad for the one and only Tribute
Pam managed to put together for her Father.
Thank God we got to share this with her.
daughter wants to document 'Daddy's' life
Rockledge resident plans to write book
BY MARK DeCOTIS FLORIDA
ROCKLEDGE - There is a reality to Pam Roberts Trivette's life
that she'll never be able to leave behind: She is the daughter of
NASCAR royalty. For that reason, her late and beloved father,
Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, will never simply be just her Daddy.
was, is -- 43 years after his death -- and will forever be linked in
name and spirit to stock-car racing's formative, rough-and-tumble
years, and is one of the giants to whom the sports and marketing
monster that is NASCAR will forever be indebted. But it goes further
Because Roberts, a son of Central Florida, was synonymous with
NASCAR, the public will always believe his memory belongs as much to
them as it does to this daughter of the South. She lives with her
husband, Rick, in a Rockledge home full of memories -- literal in
the trophies and the mementos, and figurative in that they'll always
be as fresh as the dawning day.
as the 49th running of NASCAR's biggest race -- the Feb. 18 Daytona
500 -- approaches, fans will once again climb the stairs of the
Roberts Tower. They'll enjoy the view from the Roberts Grandstand,
and perhaps wonder just what it takes to have sections of stock
car's equivalent to Yankee Stadium named in one's honor.
Roberts Trivette knows what it takes and now wants to write a book
to share her side of the story about the man whose friends knew as
Glenn, his family knew as "Bubbie" and Daddy and the millions of
old-time NASCAR fans knew as "Fireball."
title is 'Fireball Roberts, his Daughter's Story of his Career,'
" Roberts Trivette said.
"This is letting everyone know this is coming from me who lived it,
who is living to tell it. Mother (Doris) told it in any interview
she was ever asked to do, whether it be newspaper or television, and
she did an awesome job with it because my mother dedicated her life
to preserve his memory."
those new to the sport and for those whose memory might not go any
deeper than Richard Petty or Darrell Waltrip, Roberts,
born in Tavares and raised in Apopka, earned his nickname not from
racing but from his prowess as a pitcher on a local American Legion
went on to become one of the sport's premier drivers, winning 33
races -- including the 1962 Daytona 500 -- before being fatally
injured in a fiery wreck at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1964 when
Pam was 13 years old.
accumulated a deep and loyal following throughout the sport, but
especially in Daytona Beach where Pam was surfing the afternoon of
May 24 when she received the news of her father's accident. Being
the daughter of racer, she didn't give it a second thought. That
changed as soon as she realized the gravity of her father's
injuries. He died 37 days after the wreck, and to this day Pam can
recall the scene at the Daytona Beach airport as she and her mother
returned from the funeral in Charlotte. It was but a prelude of
things to come.
always knew my daddy was extra special in racing, and I don't think
I really got the gist of it until we flew back," she said. "I had
flown into that airport 100, 200, 300 times in Dad's plane and in
Eastern Airlines," she said. "Coming home from Charlotte in the
NASCAR plane and flying over and I saw thousands of people. And I
said 'Mommy, why are all these people here?' And she said 'honey,
they're here to welcome your father home and welcome his family
home.' And you know that was right at the 4th of July race (at
then, when the plane landed, we were met by police and put in a limo
and taken and they just kind of took care of us for the next four or
five days. That's when I realized it was big. It was hard; it was
hard. I just lost my daddy. I didn't know I was going to share
Through the years, that's what Roberts Trivette did. It took words
from a high school friend, who was much in the public eye and also
was forced to grieve in public.
"(Rock star) Greg Allman was the one who really helped me
realize: He said it in the words I understood: 'The public will not
allow you to bury your daddy,' " Roberts Trivette said.
Roberts Trivette wants to tell his story and perhaps her own as
well. "I guess after he was gone I realized the impact he had had on
other people's lives," she said.
"When I moved to North Carolina in the middle 1970s and people found
out who I was . . . it was overwhelming to me. I always discussed
this with my mother and she just, through the years, just let me
know through each and every incident that he was who he was and this
is just something we live with. It was hard to share my daddy with
Through the years, she has become more comfortable. A mother and a
grandmother, Roberts Trivette lives quietly. Some of her neighbors
know who she is and are respectful of her privacy. There are no
lines at her front door, no autograph seekers, no souvenir hunters.
being said, Roberts Trivette is well known in the NASCAR community
and active and comfortable in a group of pioneer racers who gather
along the sands of Daytona Beach that spawned stock car racing and
provided the grist for the foundation of a sport that stretches from
sea to sea. She follows racing, and has her favorite and
not-so-favorite drivers. But she will forever be loyal to one in
particular, who could, in his prime, leave any modern-day hotshot in
father drove with his brain," she said. "My father was one of the
first of a different breed. I am very proud of that. "Daddy was very
educated. He was like one semester short from getting an engineering
degree from the University of Florida."
That's where the divergence lies. To many NASCAR fans, Roberts will
always be "Fireball" the dashing hero, and to some, the best driver
to never win a championship.
to Pam he will always be "Daddy," and she hopes the book she
eventual wants to publish will tell that story.