LISBON FALLS — Robert E. Robitaille (Tilly) of Lisbon Road, Lisbon Falls, died Monday, May 18, at his home, after a battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 1, 1933, in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., a son of the late James K. Robitaille and Mary Emma Fling. He moved to Waterford, N.Y., and attended Waterford HighSchool.
He worked for Freihofer’s Bakery in Troy, N.Y., before enlisting in the Navy on Feb. 4, 1952. He married his wife of 50 years, Loretta (Ostiguy) Robitaille on March 17, 1960, in Waterford, N.Y.
During his service in the U.S. Navy, he served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. Prior to retiring from the U.S. Navy, he was stationed in Texas, Hawaii, Japan, Maryland and Brunswick to name a few locations. He retired from the Navy after 21 years on June 26, 1972, and settled in Lisbon Falls.
After retirement from the Navy, he worked as a master electrician for Keene Electric, Favreau’s Electric and T.A. Electric. He belonged to American Legion Post 202 in Topsham for more than 37 years, where he served as vice commander at one time. He also was a member of VFW Post 2197 in Topsham and Fleet Reserve Association.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta; sons, Robert (wife, Arlette) of Lisbon Falls, Richard (wife, Nikki) of Galway, N.Y., and Michael (wife, Lolita) of Lisbon Falls; daughters, Kathy McLean (husband, Mike) of Westbrook and Cheryl Robitaille of Lisbon Falls; his brother, Thomas of Mechanicville, N.Y.; sisters, Nancy Ellison and Janet Robitaille of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; grandchildren, Joseph, Alyson, Kyliegh and Ryan Robitaille of Lisbon Falls, Haven and Madyson Ramsey of Lisbon Fall, Joshua Drescher and Timothy Robitaille of Galway, N.Y., and Sean and Alexander McLean of Westbrook; stepgrandchildren, Katie and Dean Pitts of Galway, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by both parents; brother, Kenneth Robitaille; and grandson, Nicholas Robitaille-Ramsey.