Bill served the Department as a State Building Inspector for the Department of Public Safety, for the past 10 years. He had previously been employed as a carpenter for Local #107 in Worcester from 1972-1997. Bill was the Building Inspector for Millville and in later years for the town of Uxbridge. Bill was born March 6, 1948 in Woonsocket, RI the son of the late George A. and Ida M. (Ranslow) Robbins. He had been a resident of Millville before moving to Uxbridge 39 years ago. He was a graduate of Blackstone High School and a graduate of the Night School/Carpentry Program at Blackstone Valley Technical School in Upton.
Bill was also a U.S. Navy Veteran during the Vietnam Conflict. He served as a member of the Under Water Demolition Team.
Bill and his wife observed their 39th wedding anniversary on Feb. 24, 2007.
Bill was a member and present Commander of VFW Post # 1385 in Uxbridge, a member of the American Legion Post # 411 in Millville and the Carpenter's Local # 107 in Worcester. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Millville.
In addition to his wife, he was the loving father of William E. and his wife Cindy Robbins II and Rebecca A. and her husband Russell Wise III all of Uxbridge, loving grandfather of William E. Robbins III, Jacob J. Robbins, Samantha M. Wise and Russell S. Wise IV, all of Uxbridge. He is also survived by three brothers; John J. "Butch" Robbins and Neal C. Robbins, both of Millville, Richard D. Robbins of Woonsocket, RI and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one sister, Joyce C. Libby and one brother, George A. Robbins.
Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held Sat. Sept. 8, 2007 at 9 AM from the BUMA FUNERAL HOME, 101 No. Main St. (Rt. 122), Uxbridge, MA 01569 followed by a Requiem Eucharistic Mass at 10 AM in St. John's Episcopal Church, 49 Central St., Millville.
Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Granite St., Uxbridge.
Calling hours will be Fri., Sept. 7, 2007 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM in the Buma Funeral Home, 101 No. Main St., (Rt. 122) Uxbridge.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lydia Taft House, C/O Rehab. Center, 60 Quaker Hwy., Uxbridge, MA 01569 or to Wilson Cemetery, C/O Memorial Support Fund, 16 West St., Millville, MA 01529.
Bill was a great friend and mentor to many of his peers. He will be sorely missed by all at the Department of Public Safety.