Millard J. (Buzz) Dobbins
Claim this Obituary
Machiasport - Millard J. (Buzz) Dobbins, 88, passed peacefully on January 4, 2020 at home in Machiasport, Maine surrounded by loving family members. He was born August 1, 1931 in Jonesport, Maine to Frank and Cecelia Dobbins.
During childhood, he developed his hard work ethic and business entrepreneurial skills delivering the Portland Press Herald, lobster fishing, and working at a local sardine factory while attending school. He graduated from Jonesport High School in 1949.
In 1948, he met the love of his life, Donna L. Berry of Machiasport. They married in 1950 and moved to Massachusetts where they enjoyed a full and rewarding life. In May of 2018 they moved back to their Maine roots. Buzz and Donna recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
Buzz enjoyed a successful early career at General Electric for 9 years before leaving to open his own auto repair shop. Together, he and Donna operated Dobbins Auto Repair in Burlington, Massachusetts providing auto repair service and used car sales for 33 years.
Buzz was a man of many talents. He always enjoyed music and played both harmonica and guitar. He loved the ocean even though it made him seasick. He spent many hours boating and fishing with his family in the outer islands of Boston harbor.
Buzz's biggest passion was flying. He became an instrument rated pilot, enjoying many a Sunday flying into Machias to have dinner with his folks. He also used this passion as a means to give back to the community, performing Angel Flights to transport patients from as far north as Maine and as far south as Georgia to Boston area hospitals for life saving medical treatments.
Buzz leaves his wife, Donna; daughters, Darlene R. Bailey of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and Cheryl A. Thomas of Machiasport, Maine; son, Wayne M. Dobbins and wife, Debbie of Spotsylvania, Virginia; grandchildren, Travis J. Falabella and wife, Jennifer, of Moneta, Virginia, Brandi L. Horton and husband, Tommy of Arlington, Virginia, Christopher J. Thomas, wife, Chao and stepdaughter, Zhu of Honolulu, Hawaii, Ashley E. Dobbins, fiancé Jeff Mayo and family of Lincoln, Vermont, three great-grandchildren, Wayne, Jay and Rex Horton of Arlington, Virginia; sister-in-law, Hildred McLean of Nashua, NH; brother-like cousin, Roland (Sammy) Kelley and wife, Ann of Northwood, NH, and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Charlotte and her husband Alan Beal, all of Jonesport, Maine.
No memorial services are scheduled at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias, where condolences and memories may be shared with the family at:
Published on January 7, 2020


Plant a tree in memory
of Millard
Plant a tree

Obituary published in


Print Guestbook

A place to share condolences and memories.
The guestbook expires on April 06, 2020.

Showing 10 of 20 posts

Hildred McLean and family
Feb 28, 2020
A memorial tree was planted in memory of Millard J. (Buzz) Dobbins.  Plant a tree
Ed Thompson
Jan 25, 2020
Buzz was a dear friend and flying buddy. He was proud of his Cessna Skylane and we flew together many times. He was also a dedicated family man. He was always upbeat and fun to be with. It will take a long time to get over his loss. Rest in peace dear friend. I have enclosed 2 pictures of Buzz at the airport.
Jarod and Valerie Wright
Jan 19, 2020
Buzz always had a story or two to share... ok usually more than this and he was Always smiling and a pleasure to spend time with.
He is missed.
Thoughts and prayers to all family members. 💕
Jan 14, 2020
Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum was purchased for the family of Millard J. (Buzz) Dobbins.  Send flowers
Joy and Harry Stevens
Jan 12, 2020
So Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this difficult time, with our Deepest Sympathy
sue baldauf
Jan 10, 2020
As a neighbor of Buzz & Donna since we moved to Bedford in 1990 & until they returned to Maine, I just wanted to pass along condolences to Donna & the family from husband John & myself. Your smiles & joy & the truck with the lobster traps will be forever missed... I used to go to Dobbins Auto Repair & had occasion to visit that business recently & even they reponded to the name "Dobbins!" Sue Baldauf
Paula Ballesteros
Jan 10, 2020
So sorry to learn of Buzz passing. I always enjoyed seeing him and Donna at family gatherings. How fortunate to have 69 years together. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family at this time of loss
Janice Weichman
Jan 10, 2020
Peter and I would like to offer Donna, Darlene, Cheryl, Wayne and the rest of your amazing, loving family our deepest condolences on your tremendous loss. It was our greatest privilege to be the Dobbin’s next-door neighbors on Ledgewood Drive for 17 years. Can you imagine our good fortune? Buzz and Donna embodied the very word “neighbor.” New to Massachusetts and New England, I can’t even count the times Buzz helped us navigate our new life. But I will tell you a few stories. Our neighborhood, back in the day, was called “Whispering Pines.” All our houses are still surrounded by towering pine trees…which drop many, many pine cones. Every fall, I would go out and collect... bags of them. One day, quietly, Buzz came over and handed my a “pine cone picker-upper”… a wooden rake with many nails on the end that he had invented. It was a gift that captured the essence of Buzz … because it was kind and thoughtful, but also SO useful!

Living next door to the Dobbins, as you can imagine, you were witness to Buzz’s amazing home maintenance schedule. You knew spring was on the way when he sat tending a fire to burn the season’s fallen limbs. When summer came, it was time to mow the lower forty by the pond. But the hard winter is where Buzz’s skills really shone. He was an expert raking snow off the roof edge and the first out to clear their driveway. And, if we weren’t up and out early, he would be clearing our driveway as well! One especially snowy winter, Peter had to travel for business. (We were a family of “hand snow shovelers” which I think always baffled machine-loving Buzz. That winter I decided to become a renegade and buy a small Toro snowblower so I could take care of the long driveway on my own. The winter was so snowy that Massachusetts had no more of the size blower I wanted. I had to order one from Iowa that was having a balmier winter than us. When the big box arrived, Peter was away, and I didn’t know the first thing about setting up a machine with a gasoline powered motor. Guess who I called? Guess who taught me about Sta-bil and pulling out the choke…just enough.

As neighbors, we also had shared an absolute passionate love of the pond in our backyard and all the birds and wildlife that visited. Our phone would often ring with Buzz or Donna telling me to quickly “look out back” to spot a new born fawn or an otter or beaver or the antics of our annual pond heron. Buzz constructed the tallest bird feeder I’ve ever seen! It was designed so that he and Donna could enjoy coffee on the second floor of their house while watching all the bird life.

You were truly blessed to have had Buzz in your life as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle--and above all--friend. And, we were blessed, as well, to have Buzz as a beloved neighbor.
Read more
Alyce and Alan Mclaughlin
Jan 09, 2020
Our Bedford neighbors for many years, always enjoyed our chats when we would see Buzz and Donna. Thinking of the family in their time of sorrow . Sending our thoughts and prayers and Peace.
Ginni and David Spencer
Jan 08, 2020
We have so many memories of going to "Dobbins Auto Repair" with our cars over the years. Buzz and Donna were a great team. Buzz was direct and honest and we trusted him completely. To me, they always looked like sweethearts who were lucky enough to work together. A good man.
Don & Midge Naugler
Jan 08, 2020
You will be missed
Fly high following Rt 128 to the Cape
Your Lido Lane Bedford MA neighbors.
Don & Midge