James C. Robbins
February 16, 1928 – October 22, 2019
James Cobb Robbins, of Airmont, N.Y., died peacefully at home on October 22, 2019. He was 91.
He was born on February 16, 1928 to the late Horace and Sylvia (Cobb) Robbins in Hyannis, Mass. Upon his graduation from Barnstable High School, he served in the United States Navy. In 1962, he married Cynthia Berean.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bridgewater State Teachers College and masters degrees from the State University of New York at New Paltz and Seton Hall University. Pursuing his passion in education, he taught in Poughkeepsie, Nanuet, and for more than three decades at Spring Valley High School. Upon his retirement, he was a substitute teacher for Suffern Central Schools for many years.
He was as equally passionate about serving others. He was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus Joyce Kilmer Council 1177, where he was a past Grand Knight and co-founder of the Rev-Tom Letchworth Village Program. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 1447 and a faithful parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Suffern.
Jim was an avid Mets and Red Sox fan, golf enthusiast, voracious reader, and Broadway musical buff. He enjoyed summers on Cape Cod, swimming and clamming. But above all, his favorite hobby was spending time with his family.
In addition to his devoted wife of 57 years, he is survived by his loving children, James H. Robbins and his wife Maureen, of Verona, N.J., Daniel and his wife, Sueann, of Coatesville, Pa., Mary Therese and her husband, John, of Baltimore, Md., and Kevin, of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Dani, Cameron and James; his sister, Mollie Albrezzi, of Walnut Creek, Calif., and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home, 177 Route 59, Suffern, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Sacred Heart Church, 129 Lafayette Ave., Suffern. Burial services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956 or online at www.hospiceofrockland.org or the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.
- Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Monday, October 28, 2019
- Private Cremation Monday, October 28, 2019
James C. Robbins
October 30, 2019
October 29, 2019
Uncle Jim, you were a great man great father, and above all a great uncle when the kids were small you always come to the cape u would always call for me to meet u all to the beach. As we got older whenever you came to the cape u always made a point to call us to visit. I will never forget you. You are at peace now . R.I.P. you were the best. Sincerely your cousin from the Cape,Ed Robbins
October 26, 2019
I first met Jim my first year of teaching at Nanuet H.S. In 1967. Although we were colleagues at Nanuet for just one year, we remained friends through the years. When I retired, Jim steered me to my second career. A substitute teacher for theSuffern school district, and we were once more united as colleagues.
Jim can simply be defined. He loved his family first and foremost and of his friends he would ask,” Hey what’s the latest feedback!” Anything for a good conversation! And I might add a lively political “discussion .” Vicki and I will miss him dearly! I am so fortunate our paths crossed twice as friends and colleagues once at Nanuet and then again at Suffern!
October 25, 2019
The first time I met Mr Robbins was when Mary held a party at her apartment near Hopkins before John and Mary got married. I told Mr Robbins he looked like he just left Ireland.
He lived a great life and gave back to his community. He will be sorely missed but we have all benefited for having to have known him.
Prayers go out to the whole Robbins family. Know that he is with God now.