SEARSPORT - Carl Burton Robbins, 85, lifelong resident of Searsport, passed away peacefully March 25, 2013, at the hospice center of Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, after several years of declining health. Carl was born April 13, 1927, in Searsport, to Vivian (Vincent) and Arthur E. Robbins.
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Carl graduated from Searsport High School in 1944. During World War II, Carl worked at the docks in Searsport loading munitions onto ships. After joining the Navy in January 1945, he went to McAlester, Okla., where, as he told it, he unloaded that same ammunition at the naval ordnance depot there. After his discharge, Carl attended the University of Maine. In 1948 he married Evelyn Young of Searsport. The couple moved to Cincinnati, where Carl attended Cincinnati School of Embalming. He returned to Searsport to operate Young's Funeral Home on West Main Street with his father-in-law, Fred Young. Upon Fred's death in 1952, Carl became the sole proprietor and successfully ran the business for nearly 40 years. He also operated a monument business, Robbins and Swift, with Myron Swift of Searsport. Carl was a very sociable individual and loved to talk. He seldom let a good joke or story go untold. He was also a man of many wide-ranging interests and hobbies. The latest gadgets always fascinated him. In middle age he took up flying, a longtime ambition. He enjoyed many hours in the air whether traveling for business or pleasure. He continued to build and fly model airplanes until fairly recently. He loved boating on Penobscot Bay, particularly trips to such destinations as Castine and Warren Island with family and friends. He especially liked spending time at his camp at Swan Lake, where many good times have taken place. In retirement Carl took art lessons and produced numerous watercolors of coastal subjects. He was also a devoted follower of the Boston Celtics. A civic-minded man, Carl devoted many hours to public service. He helped initiate the position of town manager in Searsport and was chairman of the board of selectmen for a number of years. He was very proud of his role in the construction of the new elementary school and gymnasium on Mortland Road in the 1960s. In the days before emergency medical services, Carl ran the ambulance service for the town. He was a charter and lifetime member of Searsport Lions Club and served as king lion. Carl also was a past master of Mariners Lodge AF & AM 68. A history buff, Carl belonged to Richardson Civil War Round Table and helped to edit several of the group's publications. He was a fan of local sports teams and attended many basketball, softball, and soccer games throughout his life.
Carl is survived by his three daughters and their families, Rebecca and her husband, Edgar F. Raines Jr., and son, Edgar J., of Alexandria, Va.; Deborah and her husband, Charles Plourde, of Searsport, and their daughters, Katherine and husband, Andrew Bailey, and their son, Benjamin, of Searsport, and Jessica Plourde of Dillon, Colo.; and Cynthia and her husband, Peter Dalton, of Northport, and their daughters, Laura and husband, Corey Benner, and son, Greyson, of Arlington, Va., and Andrea and husband, David Coulon, and daughter, Abigail, of Manchester, N.H. He also leaves behind special friends, Pete and Barbara Pearson, with whom he and Evelyn enjoyed many special traveling excursions, and Helene Whitehouse, all of Searsport. Carl was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn, in 2009; his parents; and his brother, Ellery. The Robbins family thanks Dr. Matthew Molison and the staff of Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, for the excellent care they gave to Carl during his final days. The doctors, nurses, and volunteers of the hospice unit provided much needed and greatly appreciated support to the family during this difficult period.
Visiting hours will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St., Searsport. A Masonic service will be held during the last portion of the visiting hours. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl's memory to Searsport District High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 444, Searsport, ME 04974. Burial will be in the spring in Gordon Cemetery, Searsport.
Young Funeral Home
31 West Main Street
Searsport, ME 04974
Published in BDN Maine on Mar. 27, 2013