William J. Robinson Sr., 87
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, using a fake ID, he 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 longtime 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, and Tommy Robinson of Marlborough; one daughter, Patricia Robinson of Marlborough; and three grandchildren, Shandi, Shaine, and Crystal Rose.
His funeral will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11:00 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery of Marlborough. Visiting hours at the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home (www.shortfuneral.com), 95 West Main St., Marlborough, will be held Friday, Aug. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m.
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