Ernest J.B. “Ernie” Robbin

March 2, 2008

Ernest J.B. “Ernie” Robbin
U.S. Veteran

US Coast Guard

Korean War Veteran, Vietnam War Veteran

ERNEST J.B. “ERNIE” ROBBIN – in Woburn, March 2nd. Beloved father of Nancy Robbin LaBonte and her husband Robert of Hampton, NH, John Robbin of Woburn, James Robbin of Lowell, and the late Barbara Terri Mangan. Dear brother of Susie Schneider of Kansas. Loving grandfather of Christopher LaBonte, Jennifer, Katie, Kristin, and Jonathan Robbin, T.J., Michael and Kimberly Mangan, Rob LaBonte and his wife Gail, and Teri Minichiello. Also survived by his former wife, Barbara X. Robbin of Hampton, NH, his sister-in-law, Joanne Crowe and her family of Tewksbury, and several step-great-grandchildren. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, March 5th at 8:15 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Calling hours Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Ernie’s memory to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108. Late retired Lieutenant Commander, US Coast Guard.

OBITUARY:

Ernest J.B. Robbin, affectionately known as “Ernie” to family and his many friends, passed away at Winchester Hospital on Sunday, March 2nd, at the age of seventy-five.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of the late Bernard and Fern (Angell) Robbin. He grew up in Missouri and attended schools in St. Louis. He came to the Boston area to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he received his Associate’s Degree. He then met and married his former wife, Barbara Hurley. Together they settled on Cape Cod and then lived in Medford before settling in Woburn forty-five years ago.

He served in the US Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Reserve for thirty-six years, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1992. He had the distinction of having marched in President Eisenhower’s inaugural parade when he was a young man. Known in the military as a “mustang,” he advanced through the ranks from seaman apprentice to his eventual rank of Lieutenant Commander while remaining on active duty.

Mr. Robbin worked for over twenty years for Delta F Corporation in Woburn as an electronic technician. He was also a familiar figure at Stop and Shop in North Woburn, previously Purity Supreme, where everyone knew him from the fish market there. Ernie loved the social aspect of the job and enjoyed talking with his many customers over the years. He worked at Stop and Shop until just six months ago.

Ernie was a family man who enjoyed working, and he especially delighted in the time spent with his grandchildren in recent years.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Terri Mangan, who died in 2002.

Surviving are a daughter, Nancy Robbin LaBonte and her husband Robert of Hampton, New Hampshire, two sons, John Robbin of Woburn and James Robbin of Lowell, a sister, Susie Schneider of Kansas, and ten grandchildren: Christopher LaBonte, Jennifer, Katie, Kristin, and Jonathan Robbin, T.J., Michael and Kimberly Mangan, Rob LaBonte and his wife Gail, and Teri Minichiello.

Also surviving are his former wife, Barbara X. Robbin of Hampton, NH, his sister-in-law, Joanne Crowe and her family of Tewksbury, and several step-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, March 5th at 8:15 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 9. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Ernie’s memory to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

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  1. barbra and family we are so sad about ernies death he was such a great person we are going to miss him so verry much. i will especialy miss his visits with us for his sauceges and corn on the cob. god bless all of you and espcially my speical friend nancy. love jackie.

  2. To Nancy and family,
    I was shocked to hear of your dad’s passing. Please call us if there is anything we can do for you. I will see you soon. Treasure your memories; they will bring you through the cloudy days.

    Love,
    Robin & Ron Orcutt

  3. Jim and family,
    I am so saddened to hear about Ernie. He was a nice man and a true gentleman. His loss will be felt for a long time.
    My condolences to you and your family, I’ll keep you all in my prayers.
    Ellen Brown

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