ROLLINS's Story

JONESPORT - Rollins, 96, passed away May 24, 2014. He was born Jan. 12, 1918 to Willard and Sophie Dobbin.

He graduated from Jonesport High School in 1934. During his high school years, he was an outstanding trumpet player for the high school and town bands. After high school, Rollins attended Northeastern University where he graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He then went on to accept a job with Cabot Corporation located in Boston, MA, as a research chemist. He married Barbara Bridgham of Jonesboro. They had two children, Stephen and Priscilla Dobbin. During his career with Cabot, he transferred to Pampa, Texas to the company's division of Research & Development. Soon after, he took on the position of General Superintendent of the Western Region. His title was later changed to Manager of the US Carbon Black Plants. While working in this position, he traveled back to Boston to attend the program for Sr. executives at the Sloan School of Management at MIT in 1957. Soon after, he was transferred to Ontario, Canada where Rollins was promoted to President of Cabot Corporation of Canada, LTD. Rollins assumed world wide responsibilities for the production of Carbon Black which took him to many different countries for business. He remained in that position until retirement in July of 1975.

After retirement, Rollins and his wife Barbara relocated back to his hometown of Jonesport. There he had a big hand in helping to build his home which he lived in until his death. Rollins also enjoyed working as a part time lobster fisherman. He became the president of the Peabody Memorial Library and also served for a short time on the board of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. He was also a lifetime member of the Community of Christ Church. Some of his favorite hobbies included woodworking, taking care of his home and yard, and playing golf at the Great Cove Golf Course with a great group of friends. He and his wife also enjoyed spending time on their islands, Knight and Mistake, where Rollins spent a good part of his childhood. These islands were later sold to the Nature Conservancy.

Rollins is survived by his wife of 73 years, Barbara Dobbin; his daughter, Priscilla Hoeft and her husband, Jerrold; his grandchildren, Stephanie Childs and husband, Sam and Deborah Ross. He is also survived by his brother, Willard Dobbin, Jr; two nephews, Merton DiBiaso and Owen Dobbin; niece, Cathy Dobbin Beal and several cousins. Rollins was predeceased by his mother and father, Willard and Sophie Kelley Dobbin and beloved son, Stephen Dobbin.

The family wishes to thank the Moosabec Ambulance Service, the Jonesport Fire Department, and a special thank you to the medical staff at Downeast Community Hospital for the care and compassion given during his stay at the hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jonesport Community of Christ Church, Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport, or a memorial of your choice. Arrangements provided by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias.
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