Philip W. Robinson, 72: Highly decorated firefighter

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BATH – Philip Wayne Robinson, 72, passed away Oct. 3, at Massachusetts General Hospital after a short battle with cancer.

He was born in Biddeford Aug. 16, 1943, a son of Philip and Gladys Robinson, and graduated from Morse High School in 1963. A few years after graduation he joined the Army and served in Thailand during the Vietnam War. While stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he married Sherrin Ann Kaelin on Feb. 24, 1968. The couple moved to Bath and were married for 35 years, until her death in 2003.

Robinson worked at Bath Iron Works for four years from 1968 to 1972, while serving as a call man at the Bath Fire Department. He became a full-time driver/EMT in 1972 and, through the years, also served as a union officer. He received numerous certificates of merit and held three medals for life-saving rescues.

After retiring from the Bath Fire Department in 1998 after 26 years of full-time service, Robinson rejoined the call force and was an active member until 2005, for a total of 37 years of service. He then joined Box 19, an organization dedicated to Honoring Bath Firefighters at parades and funeral services, and remained an active member until his death. After he retired, Robinson was a driver for the Bath Bus Service.

Robinson loved hunting, fishing, boating and spending time at his beloved camp, as well as time with his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his brother, Gilbert Robinson, of Phippsburg, who died in January 2015.

Surviving are two sons, Craig Robinson and his wife, Mary-Jean, of Dresden and Scott Robinson and his wife, Ashley, of Alna; a sister, Patricia Mangione and her husband, Rick, of Boxboro, Massachusetts; his longtime companion, Linda Bretton, of Woolwich; five grandchildren, Eben, Savannah, Adam, Pat and Kyle; and many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 and 10 a.m.- noon Friday, Oct. 9 at David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath, where funeral services will be held at noon on Friday.

Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery with Firefighter and Military Honors. Family and friends are encouraged to join a celebration of life at the Bath Area Senior Citizens following services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Caring For A Cure, c/o Mass General Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101 or mghdevelopment@