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Stuart B. "Stu" Robbins

June 12, 1950 ~ March 31, 2018 (age 67)

Stuart (“Stu”) Bradley Robbins of Laurel, Maryland, died suddenly only one week into diagnosis and treatment of acute leukemia. 

Stu was born in Laurel, June 12, 1950, son of Chandler S. and Eleanor C. Robbins. 

He graduated from Laurel High School in 1968 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Western Maryland College.  His second marriage was to Kathleen DeGraff in Dec., 1996.  During and after college, Stu was employed by Maryland Department of Corrections, YMCA (King’s Landing Camp), and a Shell Service Station.  He worked for C&P Telephone (later known as Bell Atlantic, then Verizon) for the next 32 years, as an operator, a lineman, and finally as a troubleshooting technician. 

            Stuart was a 50-plus-year member of the Maryland Ornithological Society and a ‘life’ member of the Brooks Bird Club where he served as a past president.  He was also a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.  Stu enjoyed traveling with his family on world birding adventures, visiting Trinidad, Panama, Spain, Equador, Australia, South Africa and more. 

            Stu’s passion was working on and driving cars.  He was a member of the National Corvette Museum.  He founded the Corvette Pace Car Club and also participated in the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America.  As you can tell, his favorite cars were Corvettes and other Chevrolets.  He owned many over his lifetime.

            As a youth at the First United Methodist Church of Laurel, and later with his wife Kathy at the First Alliance Church, Stu added his bass voice to the choir. 

            Stuart is survived by siblings Jane and Nancy of Maryland, and George of New Hampshire, and nieces Melissa and Michelle.  Survivors also include step-children Debbie, Stephen, and Jennie as well as step-grandchildren Koby, Mason and Victoria, Austin, Erin and Sydney, Connor, McKenzie and Meadow.

            Stuart could always be seen working on some project or assisting others with their projects.  He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1968.                   

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Stuart’s memory to the Brooks Bird Club, Wheeling, WV, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA), Irving, TX, the First United Methodist Church of Laurel, Maryland, or to a charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Laurel (424 Main Street) on April 14, 2018 at 2:00PM.

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