Frederick Robie Jr.

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Frederick Robie Jr.

February 22, 1924 - January 18, 2019

Orono - Frederick Robie Jr. of Orono passed away after a brief illness on Friday, January 18, 2019. He was born February 22, 1924, in Westbrook Maine, the son of Frederick and Alice Genthner Robie. He married Thelma Crossland Robie on Flag Day, June 14, 1949.

During World War II, at the age of 17, Fred served three years in Battery C 110th Coast Artillery Battalion as an observer of aircraft in the European Theater. He was awarded five battle stars for Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

After the war in 1946, Frederick graduated from Gorham High School and went on to graduate from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1951 and a bachelor's degree in Forestry from University of Maine in 1953.

Frederick was ordained as a pastor in Madison, Maine in 1953 and served also in Lincoln, Maine 1957-1965 and Sanford, Maine 1965-1989. He was very involved in the Maine Conference of UCC and served on many committees throughout his years in ministry. In 1989, he retired to Orono with his wife,Thelma, returning to her childhood home by the Stillwater River. They joined the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono where they were married and All Soul's UCC in Bangor. He was Abbott of the Brothers and Sisters of the Way; serving five years as Prior.

After his retirement, Frederick was made Minister Emeritus by the North Parish Congregational Church in Sanford where he had served as minister for 25 years. He also received the Bangor Theological Seminary's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004 which was given to him for Lifetime Achievement in Parish Ministry.

Frederick was predeceased by his wife, Thelma, who died in 2015. He is survived by four sons and their families-- Charles Frederick Robie and wife Catherine Stewart Robie of Freeport and their children Nicholas Stewart Robie and Becca Crossland Robie, Paul Robie and his partner Karen Young of Northport, Bruce Robie and wife Katherine Hanson Robie of Holden and their children Benjamin Hanson Robie and Grace Aparna Hanson Robie, and Glenn Robie and wife Beth Simpson-Robie of Kennebunk and their children, Carlton Frederick Robie and Forrest Benjamin Robie.

Frederick will always be remembered for his genuine love for people and the natural world. He had a keen eye for seeing the remarkable in the ordinary, as well as appreciating the beauty of life, trees, and creation. His love of life was as infectious as the animated stories he liked to tell from the pulpit to the dinner table. In his later years, he found joy in hiking the paths of Public Land Trusts and parks all over Maine. Armed with his iPhone camera, he captured beauty in nature and shared his love in daily emails of his adventures. Our thanks to all the individuals in the Maine communities who made his life richer throughout the years. He was loved and will be sorely missed by all.

A celebration service will be held Saturday, January 26th at 1pm at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, P.O. Box 33, Gorham, Maine 04038.
Published on January 19, 2019
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Jan 26, 2019
Mr. Robie was a most generous person. We live on the same street as his house and he would always let the kids run around on the riverfront side of his property. He planted many of the pine trees 🌲 on the street and would tell us stories about how the place was in the 1940’s and how it was built. Very saddened to learn of his passing away. * Attaching an excerpt from one of his favorite poems, and his Photo from Mr. Robie’s 2018.Christmas card.
Johanna DeCourcy
Jan 24, 2019
Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
Laurie Carpenter Rowan
Jan 23, 2019
Rev. Robbie was pastor at the Lincoln Congo Church when we lived there. We were blessed to have him as our minister. I’m sure he will be missed by many. My condolences to his family.
Jan 22, 2019
Judy Kuhns-Hastings
Jan 21, 2019
I knew Fred from the Church of Universal Felliwship. He was a kind, loving, positive man. He consistently called me Katherine. We both used to laugh about that. I’m so glad he is now with Thelma and that his life journey is over. I will miss you Fred.
Colleen Hewey Bradbury
Jan 20, 2019
Our family attended his church in Lincoln when I was very young! I loved his sermons so much! I always left there feeling such positivity! I never forgot him....sorry for your loss
Doreen McAllister
Jan 20, 2019
Heaven certainly gained another angel, I will miss spending time him deeply. RIP....
Cora Roberge
Jan 19, 2019
Such a special man. We were all better people for knowing him. 💙
Michael Martin
Jan 19, 2019
My condolences to Fred's family. Fred was a unique individual who found the positive in people and did not dwell on the negative. He appreciated the Earth and our lives on it. He wrote and preached very passionate sermons from the pulpit. Fred was, quite simply, so kind.
Kelly Ann Krawczyk Martinez Wilson
Jan 19, 2019
Mary Troop Stair
Jan 19, 2019
Rest In Peace Reverend Robie. Your kindness to my family , many years ago has never been forgotten.
Rest In Peace
Charles Worster
Jan 19, 2019
My greatest sympathy for your loss. He was my pastor in Lincoln and helped me get the second God and Country award in my boy scout troop.
Leslie Vaccaro
Jan 19, 2019
God rest this tremendous man’s soul. True salt of the earth. So glad I got to hang with him on occasions. He is in the good hands of the Lord and reunited with his bride. God Bless the entire family. All my love and prayers