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Michael Robbins, 52, loved his family, town

Published 9:32 pm, Wednesday, May 2, 2012
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Michael James Robbins, 52, of Sherman, died suddenly on April 23.

Mr. Robbins was born July 2, 1959, in White Plains, N.Y. He moved with his family to Sherman in 1964, attending the Sherman School from kindergarten through eighth grade, then graduating from New Milford High School in 1977.

He was a high school athlete who played football, tennis, basketball and baseball.

Mr. Robbins attended Western Connecticut State University while working on his construction business. He was the owner of Robbins Construction, LCC.

He grew up on Candlewood Lake in Sherman, spending summers boating, waterskiing and swimming, and was an avid fisherman.

Mr. Robbins was a member of the early Sherman Little League with the Beatty children.

He was a devoted and loving father to his children, Dustin and Katie, and an active participant in all their activities.

Mr. Robbins was a coach for the Sherman Little League, a baseball umpire, Cub Scout leader and New Fairfield Falcon Pop Warner football coach.

He attended football, baseball, and basketball games, cheerleading and horse shows with enthusiasm and joy for not only his own children, but all their teammates and friends.

Mr. Robbins was involved in school activities. He was a parent chaperone on the fourth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., and volunteered as an assistant football coach at Immaculate High School.

Growing up in a town he loved, he wanted nothing more than to raise his family in Sherman. He was generous and always put others before himself.

He was known to have a great sense of humor and always made time to help a friend in need. The most important things to him were his family, friends and neighbors.

Mr. Robbins is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jean; two children, Dustin and Katie; a brother, Alan Robbins, and his wife, Kim, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Gerry Jenny, of Southbury; a brother-in-law, Dennis Jenny, and his wife, Joan, of Monroe, N.Y.; a brother-in-law, Peter Jenny, of Brookfield; a brother-in-law, Tom Jenny, and his wife, Terry, of Starksboro, Vt.; a brother-in-law, Robert Jenny, of Woodbury; a sister-in-law, Joan Barrett, and her husband, Patrick, of Hingham, Mass.; nieces and nephews, Christopher, Patrick, Stephanie, Daryl, Gabriella, Victoria, John, David, Rebecca, Alyssa, Patrick and Nicolaas; close friends, Mark, and Lisa Antonioli, of Sherman; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Alan and Helen Robbins, of Sherman.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immaculate High School Athletics, 73 Southern Boulevard, Danbury CT 06810.