NORTHUMBERLAND — Robin C. Bolig, 59, of Northumberland, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, after fighting a long and hard battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 25, 1954, in Sunbury, a son of Joanne (Ditton) Bolig and the late Robert M. Bolig Jr. On July 24, 1982, at the Methodist Church in Danville, Robin married his soul mate, Ona M. Hall who survives.
Robin graduated in 1972 from Shikellamy High School. After graduation, he entered the Air Force, and then, the Army Reserves, while attending Williamsport Area Community College, majoring in auto body repairs.
Robin worked several jobs and finally landed his dream job at Sunbury Generation in Shamokin Dam, where he was employed until his passing. He worked with many good, caring people and they supported Robin in any way they could.
Robin was a life member of the Northumberland Fire Company Number One. He was an active fireman and held the position of captain at the time of his passing. He was a dedicated fireman for 28 years. Robin was well-known at Northumberland’s annual Pineknotter Days for driving the old fire truck and he always looked forward to the event. In 2012, he received the Pineknotter of the Year award, which meant much to him.
On Memorial Day, Robin always recited the Gettysburg address at the annual Memorial Day ceremonies in the Riverview Cemetery, and 2013 was the last time he was able to deliver the address due to his battle with cancer. Robin asked his granddaughter, Luxi, if she would recite the address for him this year. Robin was so proud of Luxi and was happy that his family was all present with him that day. It was a special moment for Robin and Luxi, and one we hope she will always remember.
Robin has three additional grandchildren, Gavin, Brennan, and Taylor, that he loved dearly. He will always be with them in their hearts and watching over them. Robin was proud to be called Gimpy by each one of them. Gimpy will be gone, but not forgotten.
Surviving in addition to his mother and wife are one son, Aaron and his wife, Jen, and one daughter, Kristin Bolig. Robin loved his children and wanted nothing but the best for them both. He is also survived by his four grandchildren; one sister, Allison Bensinger; a sister-in-law, Linda and Clair Dauberman; a brother-in-law, Howard Hall; one niece, Megan and husband, Lee Yoder; and three nephews, Heath Dauberman, Jason and his wife, Cheryl Fleming, and Jeremy Fleming.
Robin was a wonderful, hard-working man, who felt strongly about duty and commitment. He gave many hours and years giving his services in many ways. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, Second and King Streets,Northumberland, where the funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Hospice Chaplain James R Taylor officiating.
Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland, with military honors.
At the family’s request, they prefer no flowers be sent and appreciate donations in his honor. Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Robin to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675; SUN Home Health and Hospice, 61 Duke St., Northumberland, PA 17857; or Northumberland Fire Department, Attn QRS, P.O. Box 173, Northumberland, PA 17857.