On Friday, October 7, 2022, William “Bill” Robinson Jr., 82, of Nobleboro passed away peacefully at Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta after a period of declining health.
Born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Ethel Stuart Robinson and William John Robinson, Bill received a BA from Williams College in Massachusetts. He was a Vietnam War veteran and received a Purple Heart for his service. He served honorably in the Marines, achieving the rank of captain.
Bill worked at Bath Iron Works for almost 20 years, most recently with the drafting department. On June 16, 2001, he married social worker Joyce Vianey-Liaud, and the couple moved to Nobleboro in a Shelter Institute house that Bill had built himself. Bill had two children from a previous marriage, Nick and Hannah.
Bill was a quiet man with a wry sense of humor. Friends and family joked that he could say more with a raised eyebrow than most people could say with words. He loved being on the water and had a passion for the Red Sox and New England Patriots. He was an artist and created beautiful paintings and pastels of Maine coastal scenes.
He also had a soft spot for people and animals that needed a helping hand. He and his wife Joyce have always had a rescue dog and cat at home. Upon retirement, he found great satisfaction in serving as a substitute teacher at Medomak Valley High School and as a volunteer with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Great Salt Bay Community School.
Bill was predeceased by his brother, Charles; and his sister, Pamela Nichols.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; his sister, Susan Meade; his son, Nick Robinson and Nick’s partner, Kirk Trabant, of Brooklyn; his daughter, Hannah McGhee and her husband, Jamie McGhee, of Newcastle; many nieces and nephews; grandchildren, Will Seaman and Ashlee McGhee; and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Kolby McGhee-Thompson.
A mass will be held in the spring. Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, 66 Elm St., Suite 100 Camden, ME 04843; or at Midcoast Humane, 5 Industrial Parkway, Brunswick, ME 04011.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main Street, Damariscotta, ME 04543. Condolences and messages for his family may be expressed by visiting stronghancock.com.