BUCKSPORT — Town Councilor Jeff Robinson Sr. has died at the age of 70. Robinson died July 16 following a short fight with lung cancer.
Robinson was diagnosed with the disease in May and had been unable to attend Town Council meetings in recent weeks.
A Bucksport native, Robinson served in the Fire Department for 20 years and with the ambulance service for a decade.
A 21-year veteran of the Town Council, he was re-elected last fall and was serving his eighth three-year term. He also served nine one-year terms as the town’s mayor.
Former Bucksport Town Manager Roger Raymond, now interim town manager in Hermon, said he worked with Robinson in one capacity or another during his own 27-year tenure in Bucksport, either during Robinson’s time on the Town Council or as a member of the Fire Department.
Raymond said what he remembers most about Robinson is that perhaps more than any other councilor he worked with, he always acted in what he believed was the best interest of Bucksport citizens.
“He’s the one I always felt made decisions based on his love for community,” Raymond said. “That’s what made Jeff the type of councilor he was.” Town Clerk Kathy Downes, who began working at the Bucksport town office a year after Robinson was first elected, remembered him as a “super nice guy.”
“He was a very fair, well-rounded guy,” she said. “He was wonderful.”
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center, Bucksport Middle School, 100 Miles Lane.