Clarence D. Robbins 80, of 668 Poland Center Road/Clarks Corners, Kennedy, NY, passed away Wednesday (August 2, 2017) in his home.
He was born on April 6, 1937 in the Falconer Maternity Home, the son of the late Geneva and Harold Robbins Sr.
He was a member of the class of 1954 at Falconer Central School where he was very active in helping to organize his class reunions.
He started 1st grade (no kindergarten) in Gerry High School #7, where he walked from his home on Route 60 1 mile north of the village, along with his older brother. In April of his 1st year of school the family purchased a farm on Seager Hill in the town of Conewango, where he then went to a one room school through grade 6. The school is presently being used by the Amish community as a school.
In those years there were many community activities, including square-dances, where he was asked from time to time to call a set. 7th and 8th grade was at Randolph High School. In the summer of 1950 the family built a new home between Falconer and Levant, sold the farm and he finished his last 4 years at Falconer High School. During those years he was a Pinsetter at the former Bowl-o-Drome and the second bowling season after high school (1955-1956) worked as an assistant running the bowling alley, under his mentor and good friend (Jim Barone).
He had worked for over a year at Dahlstrom Metallic Door and then over 15 years at Art Metal. When working at Art Metal in Production Control, it was his design system of ordering factory parts, which was used to input into their first computer system. He had also been a department union steward and an internal auditor in the credit union.
In January 1971 he started at Agway Petroleum Corp, as a heating technician, eventually covering all of Chautauqua, parts of Cattaraugus and Erie counties. He won many service/sales awards and was also the facilities safety rep where he was the guest speaker at one of the annual safety awards dinners. He also participated in a promotional video about the benefit of Agway.
He retired at the end of September 1999 from SKF/MRC Falconer facility where he was instrumental, with engineer John Willsie, in helping to design a machine in the White Room area that helped to eliminate a production bottleneck.
He had coached and managed Farm Team, Little League, Babe Ruth and big league baseball and had been Vice President of East Lake Babe Ruth League for several years which at the time, was the 3rd largest in the United States. He had helped run the French's Mustard Skills Competition in District 5. He had helped run many All Star and league play-off tournaments in Little League and Babe Ruth.
He had served on the town of Poland recreation committee, zoning board of appeals, and as an election inspector.
He had been the committee chairman for the Kennedy Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts where he was also Awards & Promotion Chairman.
A long time member of the Jamestown Audubon Society he had formerly been on the membership committee and presently on the mailing committee, and had worked many of the public events over the years where he received the Volunteer Recognition Award in 2010.
He was a former member of the Little Theatre of Jamestown where he helped as an usher and with intermission coffee break time.
He had served as co-president of Kennedy PTA for 2 years and was membership chairman for one year. During his time as president he held the 1st Father-Son banquet through the PTA. He also held a bicycle safety program, with the help of his friend, State Police Sergeant, David Snyder. He also held a youth talent night under the direction of Donna Dort. In 1977 he was presented the "Service to Youth" award from the PTA.
In years past he had won several league bowling trophies and played softball for Art Metal in the former Industrial Softball League.
He served in the National Guard and Army from 1954-1964, and in 1957 took his basic training in Fort Dix, NJ and his advanced training in Fort Knox, KY. He had taught many classes on weaponry and military tactics. He is a member of the Falconer American Legion Post 638.
He was a charter member of Kennedy Pride, and was co-chairman of "Senior Chats" at the 2005 Bi-Centennial event. He was also a member and former trustee of the Kennedy Free Library and a charter member of the "Friends of the Library" group.
In 2008 he was presented the Community Citizen Award from the Kennedy Grange #496 for his outstanding volunteer service in the area. In 2009 he was an honored guest at the town of Poland Memorial Day event. He was a former member of Clarks Corners Community Church where he had served for six years on the trustee board and had been the head usher.
He became a born again Christian at mid-life when a former co-worker and long time baseball associate, Lyle (Lefty) Parkhurst, led him to Jesus Christ to be his Lord and Savior.
On August 20, 1960, he married Janice Marie Hahn and they raised four sons. She pre-deceased him on March 10, 1995. After her death he married his high school classmate, a widow, Charlene Mead Peck. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harold Robbins Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Charlene, sons David (Barbara) of Sinclairville, Donald (Natalie) of Kennedy, Bruce (Nova) of Loretto, KY and Brian (Sharon) of Kennedy, step-children, Randy (Josette) Peck of Cassadaga, Dana (Marcy) Peck of High Point, NC and Darla (Daniel) Davison of Kennedy, 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Gordon (Jean) Robbins, of Jamestown.
He wanted everyone who was involved in the honors and recognition he received in his life to know that they were appreciated. The reward that he was most looking forward to was to hear the words of his Heavenly Father, saying, "Well done my good and faithful servant."
A celebration of his life will be observed at 11a.m. Monday in the Falconer Funeral Home. Pastor Lee O'Brien will officiate. Military honors will be conducted by the Henry Mosher Post 638, American Legion. Burial will be in Myrtle Cemetery, Clarks Coroners, Kennedy, NY.
Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the memorial service Monday in the Falconer Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Kennedy Free Library, 649 Second St., Kennedy, NY 14747.