Mr. William J. Dobbins, 75, of 662 Ruddy Road, passed away early Friday morning, July 1, at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, after a lengthy illness.
Bill was born on July 21, 1935, in Massena, the son of the late Bernard and Edith Currier Dobbins. He attended Massena Central Schools. William served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958. On April 14, 1983, he married Maryann Vivian Verville McGrath, in Louisville.
Bill owned and operated the Lakeview Motel for many years, selling it in 1993. He also drove fuel truck for Don McKane and school bus for Massena and Norwood-Norfolk Central Schools. Bill served on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Rod and Gun Club and the Tucker Terrace Water Company. He was also a member of the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department and life member of the Gerald R. Roy AMVETS Post #4. He enjoyed hunting especially ducks, fishing, camping, boating, 4-wheeling, and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.
Bill is survived by his wife, Maryann; his daughter, Barbara Dobbins and her children Dawson and Brittney; eight stepchildren, Daniel and Janine McGrath of Atlanta, GA, Marcella and Jerry Laramay of Massena, Colleen and Philip Lautensack of Arlington, TX, Jacqueline and Mark Barney of Queensbury, Patricia and Kevin Shepard of Newtown, CT, Paul and Christine McGrath of Massena, Patrick McGrath of Newtown, CT, and Peter McGrath of Great Barrington, MA; 14 step-grandchildren; and his half -brother, Richard Dobbins, Massena.
He is predeceased by his parents; his sister, Shirley Neal; a half-sister, Della May Reyes; and half-brother, Bernard Dobbins, Jr.
Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where a funeral services will be held on Wednesday, 10 a.m. with Rev. Donald J. Manfred, officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow the services at Fairview Cemetery, Brasher Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Condolences may be made online at www.donaldsonfh.com.