Roderick “Rod” Robinson died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, after a struggle with cancer at the Lakewood Caring Center, surrounded by his loving and caring family.

Rod was born in Mars Hill July 24, 1931, the only child of Nelson M. and Ida (Hallett) Robinson.

Rod graduated from Besse High School in Albion in 1950, and from the New England Institute of Anatomy and Sciences in Boston in 1952. He married Hatttie Rood in Albion Jan. 18, 1952. They moved to Augusta, where Rod was employed at Plummer’s Funeral home until his enlistment in the Air Force in 1953

He was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., and served as a strategic air command crew chief on a B47 during the Korean War. Rod left the Air Force after eight years of service. He went to work for Exxon Oil Company, and after several years opened his own auto parts store.

Rod and Hattie settled in Lakeland, Fla., where they were active members of St Paul’s Lutheran Church. Rod was the original master of the Sotoma Club in Lakeland. He was an assistant coach for his son Todd’s Dixie Little League team, an assistant Cub Scout leader and later a Boy Scout leader for the scout troops. He and his son spent many enjoyable weekends fishing in many areas of Florida. They were sometimes joined by Rod’s daughter, Tammy, and Hattie for memorable family camping trips together.

In 1971, Rod and his family moved back to Maine, where he worked for Traveler’s Insurance Company, and then became associated with Collar and Kimball Insurance in Oakland. He then began his own financial consulting business, RA Robinson Associates, and remained self-employed until his retirement. Rod was a member of the Waterville Elks Club, a 35-year member of the Masonic Lodge of China, and a member of the Winslow Baptist Church.

He retired in June 1996 and moved from China to Unity Pond, where he and his wife spent their summers. The winter months were spent at their home in Cave Creek, Ariz. They especially enjoyed spending time there with family and friends who came to visit, going to ball games in Peoria, and on trips to Sedona. They left pieces of their hearts with their dear and loving friends from the Black Mountain Baptist Church. They sold their home in Arizona and then spent two winters in Islamorada, Fla.

Rod and Hattie enjoyed traveling and were fortunate to have visited Hawaii, England, Mexico, Italy, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and several African countries. Rod looked forward to trips on his son’s boat in the Bahamas, where they enjoyed deep-sea fishing.

Rod loved to fish and hunt, especially with Harold, Ernest and Arthur Rood, who were like brothers to him. Rod’s greatest joy in later life was spending time with his grandsons, including fishing with them at Unity Pond and Moosehead Lake. He has been a most positive influence in his grandsons’ lives. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who cared deeply for his family.

Rod leaves behind his wife, Hattie, of 57 years; a son, Todd Robinson, and his special companion, Jodie Johnson, of Peterborough, N.H.; a daughter, Tammy Robinson, of Oakland; his grandsons, Joe Giardillo of Glenburn, Jeremy Giardillo of Warwick, R.I., and Tyler Robinson of Stanford, Calif.; and his grand-dog, Indy. He is also survived by his cousins, Richard Hallett and his wife, Carolyn, of Mars Hill, Jean Hall and her husband, Charles, of Vermont, and Greta Bessey of Albion. Other special people in Rod’s life were Will Rood and Randy Dixon.

A private service for the immediate family is planned and a celebration of Rod’s life will be held in the summer at his home on Unity Pond.

The family would like to thank the Lakewood Caring Center, the Skilled Care Unit Staff, HealthReach Hospice, and Dr. James Douglas for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rod’s name to the Winslow Baptist Church Building Fund, Waterville Humane Society, or Trout Unlimited.

Condolences may be expressed at lawrybrothers.com

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 107 Main St., Fairfield.