Donald Robbins, 81


MASHPEE, MASS. – Donald M. Robbins died March 13.  He was the husband of Esther (Sharp) Robbins.  He was born in Woonsocket, a son of the late Robert and Nancy (Medoff) Robbins, and younger brother to Arthur Robbins.


Donald was devoted to his family, enjoying a beautiful 57-year marriage to his beloved Esther. In addition to raising his two sons, Jeff and Ben, he was a loving “Big Brother” to two boys, who remained in his life until the end. He doted on his grandchildren.

A man of tremendous vitality, Donald pursued a successful career as vice president and  corporate counsel at Hasbro. He also devoted his time to many community organizations including Big Brothers of Rhode Island, Temple Emanu-El, Jewish Federation of RI, Israel Bond Campaign, and the Boston Lyric Opera. He was passionate about community service and made a marked difference in everything he pursued.  Donald was also an accomplished runner and completed more than one marathon.  But most of all, he cherished the time spent with his adoring wife Esther.

Contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to either Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State or Hope Hospice Massachusetts.