William "Bill" Robinson
- March 10, 1926 - December 19, 2011
- Melrose, Massachusetts
of William's Passing
- The Robinson family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
American Heart Assoc.
P.O. Box 417005
Boston, MA 02241
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“My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. You were so blessed to have such a wonderful father. You must be so very proud of all he did...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Deb MacvMartin - Melrose, MA
“I will always remember Bill for his many kindnesses to my late husband, Gordon, who worked for Bill in Maplewood Square for many years. I also...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Beverly Savioli and Virginia Perrin - MA
“Eleanor and family
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I worked with Bill in the State House for many years. He was a wonderful man and a great...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Charles Martel - Melrose, MA
“May he always be held in your heart so that his memory will on
4 of 20 | Posted by: Jo-Ann Libby - Melrose, MA
“Dear Eleanor and family.
I was saddened to read in today's paper of Bill's passing. Hen will be missed.
In our time in the house together he was...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: John McNeil - Malden, MA
“Cris you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Take heart in all the wonderful times you shared with your Dad and...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Lauren Ryan-Rico - Billerica, MA
“Kathleene and I send our prayers of sympathy on the passing of Bill. We celebrate his life of tremdous service to the people of Melrose and the...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Andy Card - College Station, TX
I was so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I am thinking of you at this sad time.
8 of 20 | Posted by: Robin Forsey Glossner - PA
“Eleanor and family,
I am so sorry for your loss.
My memory of Bill is how kind he was to me at a troubled time in my life. He took the time to...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Tom Savage - Lowell, MA
“Dear Eleanor and Family,
I was saddened to hear that Bill had passed away. I will always remember and appreciate all the support, assistance...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Richard Tisei - Wakefield, MA
“Eleanor and Family, Wewere saddened to hear of bill's passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and family.
11 of 20 | Posted by: Jacqueline and Joseph Picardo - TX
“Chris and Family,
I was saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. I remember him fondly growing up as children. Peace be with you all through...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Andrea Crescenzi DeLuca - Atlanta, GA
“Eleanor and family,
I was very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. He was a true gentleman, who was never too busy to help someone, to pass along...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Tim O'Leary - Wakefield, MA
“To my good friend Matthew & Family ... My family and I send our heartfelt sympathy at the great loss you all share at this time. Peace, prayers and...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Kemp - Marlborough, MA
“Our condolences to your family on the sad passing. Your family carries a lovely childhood memory and I wish you all the best. Ina Forman
15 of 20 | Posted by: Ina Forman - Windsor, CT
“Juli and family, your Papa was a very handsome man. Very sorry for your loss.
16 of 20 | Posted by: Marie Hilson - Holbrook, MA
“Dear Eleanor and family, I am saddened to hear of Bill's passing..I always remember how kind he was to me upon arriving in Melrose in 1968. Bill...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Phyllis Saia - Lynnfield, MA
“My deepest sympathy for you and your family.
18 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Belmonte - Melrose, MA
“We are all sddened by the loss of Bill. My mental image of Bill is that he was always smiling and happy - from when I met him in high school through...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Bill Huntress - melrose, MA
“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: John W. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew - MA
William G. "Bill" Robinson passed away at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Monday, December 19, 2011. He was 85 years of age. Bill was born in Malden on March 10, 1926 to the late George & Muriel (Bumstead) Robinson. He was raised in Malden and attended Malden Schools. Mr. Robinson owned the Middlesex Furnace Company in Malden for 12 years and then Robinson Real Estate Company in Malden & Melrose for several years before going into politics. A resident of Melrose for 48 years Bill was the State Representative for the City of Melrose from 1962 to 1984 and continued to get elected even after the Republicans were no longer the majority in the city. He was the Republican Leader in The House of Representatives for eight years and had been elected legislator of the year at one point during his career. Bill was proud to be the driving force behind the passing of the Lemon Law and the Measles Vaccine Law for Children in the State of Massachusetts. He and his wife Eleanor love traveling and they attended 3 Inaugural Balls and 3 National Conventions in Washington DC. He was a talented woodworker & carpenter and loved working with his hands building his own pool and working on numerous projects throughout his home. Bill enjoyed painting on canvas, gardening, golfing, skiing, was a Boston sports fan and a voracious reader. Mr. Robinson was the beloved husband of 65 years to Eleanor (Vittorini) Robinson. Devoted father of Christina Marie Robinson Davis and her husband Gregory J. Davis of East Walpole and Matthew William Robinson & his wife Hollyn of Castle Creek, NY. Loving grandfather of Kara, Evan, Taylor, Brayden & Gavyn Robinson, Alexander William Davis and Juliann DeForest & her husband Samuel DeForest V. Great grandfather of Samuel DeForest VI. Brother of Marie Corey of FL and the late Edward D. Robinson. Brother-in-law of Sylvia Cranfill of Malden, William J. Cavalieri of Medford, Paul E. Cavalieri of Wakefield and the late Frances Picardo. Also survived by several nieces & nephews. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Thursday, December 22nd at 8AM. A Mass of Christian Burial in Bill's honor will be held at St. Mary's Church, Herbert St. Melrose at 9AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Wednesday from 4:00-8:00PM. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241