David F. Robbins ’87

David Fletcher Robbins, beloved son of Frederick and Beverly Robbins, began his life on June 19, 1962, in Concord, NH and suddenly passed to a better world on Dec. 15, 2016.

Since 1966 Gardiner was his home and he did not really have the true heart to wander. However, to facilitate his admission to Maine Maritime Academy, he left home for Alaska and enjoyed working in the fishing industry and spending time with his cousins in Seattle. As a 1987 graduate of the Academy, he did travel the world as a First Mate until the “Perfect Storm” confirmed his belief that he preferred land over water and a homebody he became!

Very tolerant of the extremes of outdoor living, he was also a graduate of the summer Outward Bound program and survived the subzero temps of the winter Program.

Loving the simple life, he treasured nature, his family, The Patriots, and the 1950’s Maytag washing machine which survived the outdoors and served many purposes on his land in Mount Vernon.

Larger than life (yes, LL Bean, XXL, XX Long) and with a big heart to match, he could converse with anyone.

He was predeceased by his father (1996) and brother, Ted (1981). He leaves behind his mother, Beverly; companion Diane Arbour and their dog, Bear; sisters, Jessica Robbins, Deborah Heath; nephews Matthew, Chris and Aiden; and many beloved aunts and uncles and cousins.

To conquer the grief over the loss of his brother, Ted, his inseparable pal, Dave had many struggles. Now they are together in peace.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave. Gardiner. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 21 at Christ Episcopal Church in Gardiner.
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