Bonnie Robinson, 63

Bonnie Robinson

BAY SHORE, N.Y. — To those of us who have been lucky enough to cross paths with Bonnie “Dokey” Robinson, chances are you surely haven’t forgotten her, even if that meeting only lasted a few moments. The glow and energy that radiated from her was always accompanied by singing and dancing. Her love and smile could overcome a cloudy day, and her kindness was always available to anybody who needed a helping hand. Sadly, Bonnie passed away at sunrise on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in Bay Shore, New York. She was 63 years old.

On Nov. 25, 1955, she was born to the name Bonnie Lee Libby in Sebago at the Douglas farmhouse. Her mother, Diana M. Libby Letellier, has lived her entire life in Sebago, and loves helping in the community to this day. Her father was James H. Libby, a decorated military veteran and resident of Sebago who worked as a Maine guide for many years. Bonnie was the second of seven children, one half-sister and one half-brother. She graduated from Lake Region in 1974 where she was known as both a student athlete and a talented artist.

Bonnie fell in love and later married her soul mate, Richard Warren Robinson, on Oct. 1, 1983, at their current house on Boundary Rd. in Standish. On Feb. 3, 1984, she gave birth to her son Isaac (Me) Robinson, who attended Bonny Eagle and currently lives in California.

Bonnie's personality was best on display at her storefront “The Corner House Cafe” where she, her husband and close family served up amazing takes on traditional family recipes. From breakfast classics and pastries to breads, desserts, chowders and, of course, lobster rolls, love was always the most important ingredient. As delicious as the fare was, it still fell second to the warmth and comfort that was received year after year by anybody who passed through her front door. Her free words of wisdom and wacky stories will live in the hearts and ears of locals for generations. 

Besides Isaac, and maybe Marvin the dog, Bonnie’s best friends were her brothers and sisters. She was the second born of eight in the Libby clan, whose tales are still whispered throughout vacationland as both myth and legend to this day. She is survived by her beloved mother Diana; sisters Melody, Jamie, Diana, Tina, Linda; and brothers David, Dane and James. She loved her nieces and nephews unconditionally. Her extended family and friends could light up a map of southern Maine and she loved you all.

My father and I would like to say thank you for all of the love and support during the toughest challenge we will ever have to face. It has helped us more than we could ever express.

Services will be held in the spring. The time and date will be announced the first week of April. All are welcome to join us in celebrating the life of our beloved friend.

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