KINSTON, N.C. — Robert “Robi”L. Robitaille, 77, a resident of Lewiston, died Sunday, Jan. 6, in North Carolina, following a long illness.

He was born in Lewiston, July 12, 1935, the son of Willie and Rose (Champagne) Robitaille. Robert was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and was employed most of his life as a machinist and completed his career as a tin smith at Bath Iron Works for more than 25 years.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, summer outings and camping with family and friends. He especially loved baseball and his favorite team was the Yankees. He loved to tease family and friends about the the New York/Boston rivalry. He was hard working and instilled this value upon his children.

Survivors include two daughters, Debra Goodwin and husband, Mark, of Kirkland, Wash., and Vicky Batchelder and husband, Kevin, of Shrewsbury, Mass.; three sons, Michael and wife, Alecia, of Waldoboro, Marc and wife, Ann, of Kinston, N.C., and Daniel and wife, Suzanne, of New Gloucester; one sister, Priscilla; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by an infant brother, Roger.

Special thanks to his son, Marc and wife, Ann, for their care of Dad during his illness.

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