Robert Francis Dorrington

October 21, 1946December 20, 2018

Robert F. Dorrington, or known as “Bob” to many, age 72 of Durham, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 20, 2018 lovingly surrounded by his family.

Robert was truly an amazing man who shared his time with so many people. He continuously spread joy and laughter to everyone around him. His sense of humor, his smile, and his ability to make anyone laugh will be greatly missed. Robert has a loving heart and was always ready to help wherever he was needed. Robert was very proud of his family and of his lifelong friendships he created throughout his life. Robert was very fond of his sidekick and little buddy Denver (the family’s Boston Terrier). He enjoyed attending car shows and cruise nights with his family and all of his car show buddies or “the gang” as he referred to them. Robert’s list of accomplishments is too great and too long to list.

He was born in Freeport on October 21, 1946. He is the son of Harold and Ethel (Renfrew) Dorrington. He was fondly known as one of “the Dorrington Boys.” He attended Freeport Schools and upon his graduation he served four years in the US Navy.

Robert married the love of his life, Diane (Arris) Dorrington on October 10, 1970 and together they created a beautiful home raising their two daughters in Durham. He was a long time employee for L.L. Bean and recipient of the Bean’s Best Award in 2008. In the fall of 2008, after dedicating 47 years to the company, Robert retired.

Robert is lovingly survived by his wife Diane of 48 Years, a daughter Nikki Dorrington, of Gray, daughter Betty (Dorrington) Keith, and son in law and best friend Jason Keith of Durham. Robert has 3 beautiful grandchildren: Jenna Tayman of Gray, Alexander Keith and fiancé Destiny Kenney of Durham, Kathryn Keith of Durham; a brother James Dorrington of Freeport, brother Allen Dorrington and wife Rita of Auburn; his mother in law whom he loved dearly Betty Arris of Freeport; brother and sister in laws Leland Arris of Freeport, Gary Arris and wife Sandy of Bridgton, Leo Arris and wife Arlene of Freeport, Delbert Arris and companion Leanne Dech of Freeport, Granville Arris and wife Diane of Westbrook, Mary Ellen (Arris) Burnham of Freeport, Leatrice (Arris) DiConzo and husband Stephen of Freeport, and Joyce Dorrington; he had numerous nieces, nephews, great nephews and nieces, and a few great great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents Robert is predeceased by two brothers Harold and John Dorrington, nephew Nicolas Dorrington, sister in law Josie Dorrington, and father in law Leland Arris Sr.

Graveside services and a celebration of Robert’s Life will be announced at a later date in the spring.


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Lili Hall

January 28, 2019

He was a great man, I worked with him for many years at LL Bean, so sorry for Diane

Brent Slipp

January 26, 2019

So sorry to hear of Robert's passing. Sorry to say I never met him, I am sad to hear of your loss. I wish for health and happiness in your future.

Susan and Nathan Landon

January 7, 2019

Diane and family, we are so sad to hear of your loss. You and your family have always been like family to ours.

Please know we are thinking of you and sending prayers.

Love, Sue (Cates) and family

Joleen Cavanaugh

January 6, 2019

Diane, I remember when you and Bob set me up on a double date and, at the end of the evening, we went to a place to "make out" ... at the end of my Grandfather's driveway!!! I worried he'd come down to check out the car and find me. Have laughed at this memory many, many times. We are so sorry for your loss, Diane. Bob made me laugh and I adored you both.

Anita Campbell

January 6, 2019

Bob was one of the good guys and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. His quiet, gentle manner was evident in all he did and all he said. He was a true gentleman who lived his life with dignity, humor, and a sharp wit if you listened carefully. Rest in peace, Bob.

George Bailey

January 5, 2019

I was his friend in high school but I remember when he got his first car. It was a black 1956 Ford crown vic conv. It was a beauty and he was proud of it.

Brenda Morrill Hawkes

January 5, 2019

Diane, so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Arthur and I are keeping you and all of your family in our prayers. May your years of memories comfort you at this time.

Deborah Dean

January 5, 2019

So sorry for your loss Diane...prayers and thoughts to you and the family.


January 5, 2019

Diane I really don't know what to say. To you and the family. I have so many amazing memories of Bob and you guys..My heart is hurts for everyone who loved Bob. Xoxo Xoxo Xoxo. LOVE and Big Hugs to you all.Linda

Marla Corcoran

January 5, 2019

I remember Bob as a kind, gentle man. So sorry for the loss❤️