George I. Robbie, 92, passed away, Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Friendship Ridge. He and his wife, Margaret, had made their home in Center Township for the past 67 years.
Born April 18, 1921, in Homer City, he was a son of the late Rev. William A. and Bessie L. (Schull) Robbie. Following high school graduation, he enrolled in Houghton College in New York. On June 15, 1945, George was united in marriage to the former Margaret L. Douglass, in Monongahela, before proudly serving in the US Navy during World War II. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he found employment at Talon Slide Fastener Co. in Meadville, before moving on to become a foreman at Curtis Wright in Beaver. From Curtis Wright he went to Richmond Radiator in Monaca and finally to Koppers Co. (Arco Chemical) where he began as a welder before retiring in 1982 as a foreman. George was the originator and owner of Center Air Cooled Engine Service which he started in 1961 and sold in 1999.
George?s passion, however, was scouting. As a young boy he entered scouting at age 11 and received Life Scout status within two years. George went on to receive numerous awards, as well as being honored nationally, during his lifelong membership: Scout Master of the Year, Scouter of the Year, Scouter?s Key, 50-Mile Badge and the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. He was a scout master of Troop 451 in Monaca Heights and Troop 454 in Center Township; the neighborhood commissioner; merit badge counselor; leader to Camp Semiconon; post advisor and was committee man for Troop 423 since 1968. George led the Canoe Trails Explorer group on 23 consecutive years of 50-mile canoe trips at the Kipawa Reserve in the wilderness of Quebec, and completed two 72-mile hikes on the Laurel Highlands Trails. He was a member of the Archeology Society, Beaver County Historical Association, the Audubon Society and American Legion Post 580 in Monaca. He enjoyed bird watching and volunteering at the Maple Syrup Festival for many years. He attended Bunker Hill Community Church.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of almost 68 years, Margaret; a daughter, Gayle M. Robbie of Monaca; three sons, Bill Robbie and his wife, Brenda, of Monaca, Robert Loyd Robbie and his wife, Ka, of Cambridge, Ohio and Mark Robbie and his wife, Sharon, of Huntsville, Alabama; six grandchildren, Jim (Marea) Robbie of Monaca, Donna Robbie of Pittsburgh, Robbie (Denise) Schmidt of Wichita, Kansas, Randy Schmuck in Florida, Sgt. Robert (Rachel) Robbie in Lacey, Washington and L.Cpl. William (Kacy) Robbie of Kailua, Hawaii and seven grandchildren, Ava and Ali Robbie, Sawyer and Dawson Schmidt, Samantha Lipscomb and Brett and Vincent Grave.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, where services will be held on Thursday, April 25th, at 10 a.m. His former pastor, Rev. Paul Zaperach, will officiate.
A Gone Home Service will be conducted by the Boy Scouts on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
Interment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery.
The family has suggested that memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Bunker Hill Community Church, 170 Pleasant Drive, Aliquippa, PA 15001, or Alzheimer?s Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
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