ELLSWORTH — Alexander Vincent-Herrick Robbins, Goob, 3 years old, of Ellsworth, passed peacefully in his parents’ loving arms on Dec. 12, 2015, at Children’s Hospital in Boston after a courageous lifelong battle with congenital heart disease.
Born Feb. 15, 2012, in Ellsworth, Alexander was an angel from the day he was born. He had a smile that could light up any room and a contagious laugh. He was born with a very rare congenital heart defect and conquered four open heart surgeries. When all the odds pointed against him, he rose to become a real-life superhero. He touched everyone that was blessed to know him and had supporters near and far, many of whom had never met him. #TeamAlexStrong is what connected Alex to the world and what brought the world to love him.
Alexander was loved beyond belief and was so happy despite his illness. He loved watching “Sofia the First,” eating McDonald’s French fries, dancing, being silly and being at home with his family. He enjoyed blowing bubbles, eating noodles with his cats, sitting in his “spot” on the couch and anxiously waiting for his siblings to come home off the bus each day. Alexander was the child who beat the odds. He accomplished many milestones that he was never supposed to meet. We were lucky enough to help him grow and become an amazing young boy. He even started preschool this fall.
Alexander is survived by his mother and father, Evelyn Casanova-Robbins and Thomas Robbins of Ellsworth; siblings and best friends, Cloe, Austen and Talia; grandparents Sherry Smith-Cousins and husband, Frank Cousins, of Deer Isle; Timothy Robbins and partner Valerie Eaton of Mariaville; Sandra Robbins of Ellsworth; great-grandmother Evelyn Long and husband David Long of Florida; aunts and uncles Kelli and Aaron Brown of Bucksport; Richard and Megan Black of Otis; Shawna and Allan Morse Jr. of Surry; Jasmine Stevens of Surry, and great-aunt Debra Smith and partner Bill Walker of Lamoine.
He also had many cousins who he cherished and his four “other” siblings and special friends, Benton Bird of Ellsworth/Trenton; Skylar Colson of Ellsworth; Mariah Rossi of Ellsworth; and Ella Herrick of Ellsworth; his special friend Jessica Rene, and all of the staff and students at YMCA Early Learning Center who took Alex in and made him family; the EEMS staff and students for all their love and support; all the many medical professionals who we were privileged to know and love, especially Sean Hagenbuch, MD, and the staff at Eastern Maine Pediatric Cardiology, Sarah O’Rourke, Alexa Lincoln, Samantha Simmons and all the others who grew to love him.
A sincere thank you to his birth parents Chrystal Laieski of Ellsworth and Malcom Herrick of Ellsworth and extended family for giving us the gift of our precious son.
I love you to the moon and back, forever and ever. See you soon, Sweet Boy!
A service for Alexander will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at Maine Coast Baptist Church, 867 Bangor Road, Ellsworth. Following the service, we will be gathering in the Fellowship Hall to celebrate Alex. In lieu of flowers we ask that people feel free to make a donation towards a Christmas gift fund set up in Alexander’s name at Machias Savings Bank at the Mill Mall in Ellsworth to benefit children in the pediatric cardiac unit at Children’s Hospital Boston. Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth.