DAVID B. ROBIE

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MADRID -- David Brown Robie, 61, of Madrid Township, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, with his wife by his side. He was born on Jan. 12, 1952, in Indianapolis, Ind., to William H. And Sarah Lee (Brown) Robie.

He attended a variety of schools as the family moved to various places across the country. David graduated from the University of Iowa in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

Out of college, he married Gwen DeSpain and was blessed with two great kids, Matthew and Benjamin. David married again in October 1990 to his constant best friend and the love of his life, Virginia (Ginni) J. Russell. Along with Ginni's three children, Kate, Alex and Adam, they settled in Middletown, N.J.

Wishing for a more rural life, David and Ginni found the perfect setting of mountains, trees, rivers and down to earth folks when they moved to Madrid in early 2003. The Robies set to work on renovating their "new" 1850's farm home. Wanting to share the area beauty they had found, they built and opened the doors to Star Barn B&B/Retreat Center in 2008.

David's career has been marked by his desire to "reinvent" himself every few years. After 22 years with The Equitable (moving to higher levels every two years or so), he became involved in a start-up HMO in New Jersey (First Option Health Plan). As vice president of Strategic Initiatives and later vice president of Operations, he was instrumental in growing and expanding that organization. When that was sold to a California company, David went on to become the head of Regional Operations for Allied Health Group, a medical claims paying company. When that company consolidated its organization to Florida, David moved to become the director of Patient Financial Services at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Two years later, he became a consultant for Health Ware Concepts Inc., (then of Edison, N.J.) developing revenue financial plans for area hospitals. As the great adventure to Maine unfolded, David went on to become the director of Patient Financial Services at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. When the call came in 2005 to create a large Emergency Services group for Franklin Memorial Hospital, it was yet another opportunity for reinvention. Building that organization known as NorthStar from five separate bases into one strong, highly respected organization was a highlight of his career. During that period, David earned his EMT license.

Upon moving to Maine, David achieved a life-long desire to become a private pilot. Until medical issues intervened, there was little that David enjoyed more than to take the Cessna up for just about any reason. David's hobbies also included genealogy, coins, HO model trains, reading any good novel and the occasional ATV or snowmobile ride. He loved his land and taking care of it.

David served on several Boards during his career including Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Phillips Micro-Loan Committee, Health Community Coalition, ZONE (now Phillips Area Community Center), Tri-County EMS, and the Hanley Health Leadership Development Alumni Association. He was also active in the Sandy River Business Association, Madrid Historical Society and Madrid Cemetery Association. He attended Reeds Mill Church in Madrid.

David is survived by his loving wife, Ginni, of Madrid; sons and daughter, Matthew Robie and Jann, Benjamin Robie and Laura, all of Ankeny, Iowa, Kate Cameron and Joe, of Belford, N.J., Alex Reinwald of Montauk, N.Y., and Adam Reinwald, of Middletown, N.J.; his mother, Sally Robie, of Berwyn, Pa.; his five siblings and their families, Mark Robie and Judy ,of West Chicago, Ill., Kevin Robie and Nancy, of Dayton, Ohio, Anne Murray and Morris, of Defiance, Ohio, John Robie and Judy, of Devon, Pa., and Bob Robie and Kris, of Paoli, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Kaya, Luke, Nicholas, Jackson, Piper, Quinn, Evelyn and Addison; and many, many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, William Robie, of Berwyn.

A celebration of life service will be held at Reeds Mill Church in Madrid when the leaves are back on the trees.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated for an educational scholarship fund for David's and Ginni's grandchildren, the "David & Virginia Grandchildren Scholarship Fund" which may be made at or sent to the Camden National Bank, 124 Main St., Phillips, ME 04966; or with Ginni.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dan & Scott's Cremation & Funeral Service, 68 Main St., Phillips.

Published in Morning Sentinel on Feb. 12, 2013
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