MILLINOCKET -- Wilmot "Wiggie" Robinson, 85, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2007, at his cherished camp on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. He was born May 18, 1922, in Millinocket, the son of Ralph and Carrie (Sturgeon) Robinson.
Wiggie was a graduate of Stearns High School, Class of 1939. He served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps in Iran, during World War II. After three years of active duty, he returned to Millinocket and married his sweetheart, Joyce Morgan, March 14, 1946. Wiggie was a longtime employee of Great Northern Paper Co., Millinocket, retiring in 1980, after 34 years. He was a member of Millinocket Baptist Church, BPOE No. 1521, Millinocket; Francis Elliott Post No. 4154 VFW, Millinocket; Maine Snow-mobile Association, Northern Timber Cruisers and many other organizations too numerous to list. Wiggie loved the outdoors and spent much of his life in the outdoors, and writing and talking about Maine outdoor recreation. He was a Maine master guide since 1950 and was a life member of the National Rifle Association and Maine Trappers Association. Wiggie started the Maine Bird Dog Club, was instrumental in founding the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine and served as its executive director for many years. He was also a founding and life member of the Millinocket Fin and Feather Club. Wiggie served the state of Maine for many years as chairman of the Maine Guide's Board of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council for 20 years and the White Water Advisory Council. He was a member of Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. Wiggie was a long time outdoor photographer and writer, and was, at the time of his death, an outdoor columnist for the Northwoods Sporting Journal, the Maine Sportsman magazine, the Katahdin Times, the Community Press and the Katahdin Press, and was also co-host of the radio program, The Maine Outdoors, with V. Paul Reynolds on WVOM radio.
Since 1979, he was a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, OWAA, which bestowed on him the Jackie Pfeifler Award, a very prestigious award given in recognition of the recipient's generosity and kindness toward others. This award was only bestowed five other times in the history of the OWAA. Wiggie was also a member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association of America.
Wiggie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce (Morgan) Robinson of Millinocket; three children, Judy Robinson and her companion, Dusty Cramp, of Woodville, Patsy Huston and her husband, Sam, of Millinocket and Jay Robinson of Woodville; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Robinson of Millinocket; siblings: Preston Robinson of Colorado, Ralph Robinson of New Hampshire, Carrie Farquhar and her husband, Doug, of Millinocket, Earl Robinson and his wife, Janet, of East Holden and Paul Robinson and his wife, Claudia, of Florida; three grandchildren: Alyssa Huston, Lea Ann Robinson and Michael Robinson, all of Millinocket; a great-grandson, Billy Lee Bernier of Millinocket; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his oldest son, Michael S. Robinson; his oldest grandson, Matthew Huston; brothers: James, Eldon, Donald, Leo and Charles Robinson; and a sister, Corinne Cotton.
Friends are invited to visit with the family between the hours of 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Monday at Bouchard - Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack Street, Millinocket. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Millinocket Baptist Church, 297 Penobscot Avenue, Millinocket, with the Rev. Rudy Homchuck, pastor, officiating. Graveside committal services with military honors will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Millinocket Cemetery.
Gifts in memory of Wiggie may be sent to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or Katahdin Area Support Group, 10 Field Street, Millinocket, ME 04462. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.lamsonfh.com.