Obituaries

Donald L. Robbins

October 25th, 2021

Donald L. Robbins, “Laury”, age 87, of Methuen, formerly of Wilmington and Gloucester, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2021, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Donald was born in Somerville, MA, on May 31, 1934; he was the dear son of the late Donald and Mabel Robbins. Donald, along with his sisters were raised and educated in Somerville. Donald always watched over his sisters; he was a very devoted brother to Carol, Nancy and Brenda throughout their lives.

Donald always had a “head” for business and great people skills; he started Woburn Truck Parts which specialized in new and used parts as well as truck salvage. Donald worked hard to build his business; he was great to his employees as well as his customers and treated everyone fairly. He was a man of integrity, honesty and would always go out of his way to help others; all attributes that made him successful for more than fifty years.

Donald raised his daughters, Karyn and Russy in Wilmington before moving back to Somerville. Donald was very involved in his new Wilmington Community and was an active member of the Friendship Lodge of Masons. Donald went out of his way to help with community fundraisers and was very instrumental in the building of the Gazebo that is on the Town Common. In the late 1980’s he moved his family to Gloucester where he welcomed his youngest daughter Yvonne and thoroughly enjoyed his new home, new friends and his “boating life”; he was always such a happy guy. In the last few years, Donald, moved to Methuen with his daughter Russy to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

Donald will be fondly remembered as a “great guy” a “true gentleman” who was very devoted to his family, friends and community. Donald loved to take care of everyone he met; his kindness and care toward others was evident in everything he did. He was truly one of a kind and will forever be loved and missed by all who knew him.

Donald was the devoted father of Karyn Robbins of Somerville, Russellyne “Russy” Welch of Methuen and Yvonne Tiernan & her husband Rory of Gloucester. Loving “Bampy” of Tyler Welch & his wife Jennie, Lauren Bacheller, Brianna Welch & her wife Elayna, Killian Tiernan, and great-grandchildren Robert, Shayne, Gavyn, Landon and Ashton. Cherished son of the late Donald and Mabel (Alexander) Robbins, dear brother of Brenda Bugden of North Reading, Carol Davis of Canton and Nancy Zengo of Connecticut. Donald is also survived by his nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 27th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. A Service will take place at the Funeral Home on Thursday, October 28th at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

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5 Entries in Guest Book for “Donald L. Robbins”

  1. Russy Welch says:

    I will miss you forever my Dad

  2. Russy Welch says:

    Hugs and kisses xoxo

  3. Mary Downe says:

    Ruddy we are so sad to hear. Your father was an AWESOME father and friend. I am so happy Jim spoke with him last week. May he R.I.P.

  4. Mary Downs says:

    Sorry about how your name printed Russy

  5. Anthony Tiernan says:

    Our condolences to the Robbins family on your sad loss. We hope you find comfort in your memories of Donald.
    Tony & Ruzica Tiernan

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