PENOBSCOT, ME — Dennis Brian Robertson passed peacefully at home on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was the fourth beloved child of Ralph Dodge and Marcia I. Leach Robertson. Dennis courageously battled pancreatic cancer for 10.5 years but did not allow it to keep him from using his gifts to help others. Throughout his life, Dennis grew up with faith. In 2012, when he started his journey with cancer, he said that he was at peace with the Good Lord and His plan. Near the end of his life, Dennis realized that he was much more prepared for God’s plan and hoped that his life’s work pleased the Lord. Dennis’ loving family, wife Patricia (Trisha) Robertson and daughters Dawn and Debra, took very special care of him. Dennis did not let cancer hold him back. He was often seen around town in his recliner still enjoying and supporting his family and friends.
Dennis graduated from George Stevens Academy in 1971, and received an associate degree in Electronics Technology in 1973 from Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Bangor, and a degree in Business Management in 1978 from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA. Dennis worked for Raytheon Defense Systems in Andover and Burlington, MA, GTE Sylvania in Needham, MA and AVCO/Textron Defense Systems in Wilmington, MA as an engineer.
In 1973, Dennis married Patricia McKay, the woman he loved, his friend and partner for life. They moved to Salem, N.H. and started their family before returning home in 1990 when they purchased Eggemoggin Country Store (ECS) in Sedgwick. In the 30 years, 6 months and 4 days of owning the store, it was more than just a job for Dennis; it was an opportunity to serve the people of the community that he loved. A treasured memory was the fun Holiday Celebration each year when Santa arrived for a visit by horse and buggy! Also, summer Car Cruizins were a fun social evening for the community. Dennis was very proud to bring his red 1969 Shelby Mustang and blue 1986 Jeep Pickup! They formed wonderful friendships during their years at ECS.
Dennis was a member of the Penobscot Fire Dept for 31 years, serving as Chief for 11 of those years from 2007-2018. He also was a member of the Sedgwick Fire Dept while the owner of ECS. Dennis LOVED both, serving the community in this capacity and the camaraderie and bond he formed with his fellow chiefs and firefighters.
Dennis was a problem solver and loved boating with his family in Penobscot Bay, spending time with his beloved siblings Shan, Bonnie and Dale, coaching girls’ softball, music (especially Gospel, bluegrass and Frankie Valli), audio/video work, electrical work, spending July 4 at the Webb’s camp, helping others and taking care of his family, neighbors and community.
Dennis is survived by his wife Tricia; two daughters, Dawn Robertson and boyfriend Remington Nucum of Honolulu, HI and Debra Robertson of Gorham; siblings Shannon Maresca and her husband, Louis Johnson, of Honolulu, HI, Bonnie Grindle of Dracut, MA, and Dale Robertson and his wife, Stephanie, of Colchester, CT; 16 special nieces and nephews; 24 great nieces and nephews, and several great great nieces and nephews; and a special Aunt Patricia (Pat) Leach of Hollowell. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Marcia; brothers-in-law Jerry Grindle and Bob McKay; and sister-in-law Linelle Whitney McKay.
Services are as follows: Calling hours on Friday, Sept. 23 from 5-7 p.m. at the Penobscot Fire Dept, 46 North Penobscot Rd (Rt 199). Sat., Sept. 24, 2 p.m. service at the Penobscot United Methodist Church, 14 Southern Bay Rd. The service will also be shown at the fire station meeting room if more seating is needed. Parking will be available at the nursing home or the school. The fire dept will be running van shuttles during Saturday’s service. For those unable to attend in person, the service will be live-streamed on Facebook. The link will be available on the Jordan Fernald website obituary. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dennis’ memory can be sent to the Penobscot Fire Company, PO Box 20, Penobscot, ME 04476 or Penobscot United Methodist Church, PO Box 30, Penobscot, ME 04476.
Arrangements by Jordan Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth
Condolences may be expressed at jordanfernald.com.
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