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Robbins, Carleton "Carl" M. 69, son of the late Russell W. and Pauline Robbins, died peacefully Tuesday, August 22, 2017, in West Newton, MA, from complications related to dementia. He was in a nursing facility for 7 mos., receiving hospice care for the last 3 months of his life. Carl leaves his sister, Cynthia Brown and her husband Tracy; his brother, Wayne Robbins and his wife Elaine along with their 2 children, Ethan and Brigitte; an uncle and aunt: Daniel and Rosemary Quirici of New Kensington, PA, as well as many cousins and numerous loyal friends. Born in Boston, MA, Carl's early years were spent growing up in Somerville, MA. Later, the family moved to Arlington Heights, MA, where Carl grew to adulthood. Because of his evidence-based faith and deep love for people, Carl's lifetime vocation was sharing the Bible's message of hope. For 7 years, he lived as a volunteer in Brooklyn, NY, at the world publishing headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses. There he worked in the Bindery Dept., switching over to the tile crew in a successful renovation of the famed Leverich Towers Hotel in Brooklyn. Still, Carl made time for his public ministry, reaching individuals in a peaceful, organized way via door-to-door work. He also accepted innumerable public speaking engagements free of charge, giving eloquent Bible-based lectures before audiences of 100+ and even 1,000's at times. Carl deeply loved the arts, especially folk music, attending countless concerts. He was a self-taught guitar player and often entertained friends with his deep, rich voice. Carl touched lives in unique, meaningful ways. His memory will live on in many hearts. A memorial service is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 2, 2017 at 2p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1627 Washington St., W. Newton, MA 02465. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or to