SALISBURY COVE — On a snowy spring day, Aldene Robbins went to the big fishing hole in the sky.
He was one of a kind with a rigid side, but if you were his friend, he was the best friend you could have. A businessman and a craftsman who took care of his family, and was honest to the point of being offensive at times.
One would never have to guess what was on his mind, and if you did not want an honest answer, it was best not to ask.
Born with a fishing pole in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Not many could outfish or outshoot Aldene in his day.
He is survived by his amazing wife, Sally, of 65 years and a loving father to Lorie, Steve and Craig, along with Sally’s brother Mike and wife, Joan, and family, of New Hampshire. He was predeceased by his Father Howard Robbins, Mother Nora, in-laws Willard and Evelyn Brown of Camden, Brother Bob, and Sister Charlotte, along with many other relatives from the Brown and Robbins family.
Born in Bar Harbor in 1930, he started his working career cutting ice on Eagle Lake with school friend, “Mucker” Smith.
As a teenager in 1947, he escaped the ’47 fire as he watched the flames engulf his family home. When he returned, the whole neighborhood and much of Bar Harbor had been destroyed.
He served in the Korean War as a Sergeant, and later became a Bar Harbor businessman owning many properties and Dreamwood Restaurant in the ’60s. In 1967, he and Sally began building the Bar Harbor Campground for Ronnie and Binky MacQuinn, and ran it very successfully for 20 years before retiring.
He was a skilled pilot who soloed in a mere five hours of training, and flew many years with a perfect safety record.
In later years, he rarely missed the opening day of fishing, and never missed the first day of any hunting season. He also took many trips to Canada, Atlantic salmon fishing with Steve, and favorite Cousin Gary Robbins.
He will be sadly missed by his family, and never forgotten by anyone that knew him.
At his request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, his wish was for people to buy a young person a hunting or fishing license.