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AMHERST - Wilfred "Robbie" Ames Robinson passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 93 after a brief stay at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.
Born in 1920 in Amherst, to Harold and Fanny Blanche (Ames), Wilfred attended the Amherst High School.
Before Robbie was drafted into the war, he was a very good baseball player. He started at the age of five or six and played with 20-30 year-olds at times, just for fun. He played for the high school team when he was old enough, as well as playing for multiple area teams, such as Pelham, Sunderland, Haydenville, and South Hadley. "His senior year record was 500 hits."
Robbie was a sergeant in the Army during WWII. When the war was over and he was back in America, he thought he should pursue a baseball career.
He tried out for the Washington Senators "but they only offered $25 which wasn't much." Because he had a wife at home, he decided not to take the job.
He was a true Red Sox fan and loved to play golf, fish and play cards. Wilfred is remembered for his expertise as the produce manager at the former Louis Foods Supermarket, which was the local grocery store in downtown Amherst for many years.
Robbie married the love of his life; Molly May (Kenzie), whom he met during his assignment in the Army as a military police officer in England during the war. Besides his wife, Molly, of 69 years, he leaves his two daughters, Pamela (White) and her husband Thomas of Pelham, Lynn Watson and her husband Gary of Mashpee, his two granddaughters, Kristin White and Megan White, a step grandson, Cliff Watson, his sister in-law, Barbara Robinson and several beloved nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Wilfred was pre-deceased by his brothers Everett, Earl, Sanford, Larry, Sterling and his sister Dorothy.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst, with burial following in North Amherst Cemetery. A calling hour will precede the service from 10 to 11 a.m.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Arbors of Amherst, the staff from Life Choice Hospice and the staff at The Center for Extended Care for all of their love and care during this very difficult time.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Life Choice Hospice, 15 Midstate Drive, Suite 215, Auburn, MA 01501. Obituary and memorial service at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 3, 2014
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