William J. "Bill" Robinson Sr., 87, died Wednesday morning after a short period of failing health. He was born in Medford, the son of the late William and Josephine (MacDonald)Robinson and moved to Marlborough in 1966 after living in Malden and Allston.
At 16 Mr. Robinson, using a fake ID, joined the United States Navy and served on a destroyer in WWII. Upon his discharge from the Navy he went on to join and serve in the Merchant Marines. Bill was a self taught electrician who got his diploma and worked for many years for the IBEW Local #103, retiring 22 years ago as a master electrician.
He was a long time member of many local organizations including the Marlborough Moose Lodge, the Amvets post 1980, the American Legion Post #132 of Marlborough, the Marlborough Eagles, the Marlborough Fish and Game and the Italian American Veterans Post #45 of Marlborough.
He is survived by four sons; Billy Robinson and his wife Ellen of Marlborough, Dan Robinson and his wife Denise of Marlborough, Bobby Robinson of Marlborough, Tommy Robinson of Marlborough, one daughter Patricia Robinson of Marlborough, three grandchildren; Shandi, Shaine and Crystal Rose.
His funeral will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery Marlborough. Visiting hours at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home(www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St. will be held on Friday from 4-7 p.m.