1924 – 2014
DIXFIELD — Ernest Robbins, 90, of Dixfield, passed away at home on Friday, Dec. 12.
He was born on Aug. 4, 1924, at the Robbins family farm in East Dixfield. Ernest was a Marine veteran of World War II, having served in the South Pacific at age 19. He worked for the state highway department after the war, then at Oxford Paper Company for 35 years, retiring at age 62. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Ernie was a humble, honest, hard-working, caring man. He defined “richness” through his appreciation and enjoyment of the simple things in life. He never wanted to “bother” anyone, yet was first to help others unconditionally. During his retirement years, he enjoyed daily coffee and visits with his brother, Sherwood.
He was a nature lover, avid gardener, outdoorsman and sports enthusiast. Among his many interests were hunting, fishing, family and watching his son and nephews race at Oxford Plains Speedway.
He was a huge fan of Dirigo basketball, attending all home games until unable to do so, due to poor health. He knew the names of every player. He especially enjoyed attending sporting events and other activities of his great-grandchildren, Sophie and Spencer.
Ernie had a great love of family, his friends, his community and his Canadian ancestry. He had a great zest for life and a great sense of humor, playing many pranks on his nephews, who live nearby. His favorite night of the year was Christmas Eve, when he and Theresa always hosted a terrific open house for family and friends.
Ernest is survived by his wife of 67 years, Theresa LaPointe-Robbins; son, Jim Robbins and his fiancé, Lori Chase, of Rumford; daughters, Sharon George and her husband, Tony, of Huntsville, Ala., and Worthley Pond, Patty Brown and her husband, John, of Hartford and Judy Robbins of Old Orchard Beach and Dixfield; grandchildren, Anthony Stanley, Cameron Stanley, Joel George, Christopher George, Jennifer George and Stephanie and Corey Jacques; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Spencer Jacques; sisters, Barbie Buzzell of Dixfield and Muriel McAuley of Farmington; brothers, Walter of Norfolk, Va., and David of Farmington; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Ernest was predeceased by his mother and father, John and Evelyn Robbins; and siblings, Alston, Oscar, Richard, Sherwood, Vernon and Vivian.
From the bottom of our hearts, Ernest’s family would like to thank Dr. Lee and Dr. Sinclair and his nurses, Julie and Laura, for wonderful care. Also family, friends and neighbors for gifts of food and get-well cards and visits, including grandchildren and great-grandchildren, which he enjoyed. Thank you all. Thanks to Rumford Community Hospital during the great care during the many times he was there, and to S.G. Thibault Funeral Home for their compassion and support.
You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Robbins family by visiting their guestbook at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com.