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Past Track Champion Brooks Robbins Crosses the Final Finish Line


It is with great sadness that the Lebanon Valley Dragway has lost one of their own, Brooks Robbins. Our prayers and condolences are with his family and friends. Never goodbye. Only, until we meet again. May you rest in peace.

Mr. Brooks Jordan Robbins, 76, of Fort Plain, passed away on November 21, 2021 at his home.

Born on January 29, 1945 in Gloversville, NY he was the son of the late, Charles and Mary (Aldi) Robbins.

Brooks attended Broadalbin High School and graduated in the class of 1963. After graduation he served in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1964.

On November 30, 1968, while working for the Gloversville Police Dept., Brooks met and married the love of his life, Linda Hawley and the two spent the next almost 53 years together.

Brooks was employed with many companies throughout the years in the area starting at the former Robbins Business Equipment Co. with his father in Gloversville. Additionally he was employed with the Gloversville Police Dept., Fonda Manufacturing, Johnstown Knit, Hawkins Fabrics, Saltsman Machine Shop, Vails Mills Drive In Theatre, Temper Corps, U.S. Foods (formerly known as SQP Inc.) and Remington Arms. More recently he was employed with the Fort Plain School District as a bus driver as well as the Gloversville Transit System.

He was a past exalted ruler of the former ELKS club and a member of the Eagles and Moose clubs.

He was a member of the Fremont Methodist Church in Gloversville as well as the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association).

Brooks enjoyed cars especially drag racing. He is a two time track champion at Lebanon Valley Dragway with his car "Class of 63". In 2017 he was awarded the Crew Chief of the year while campaigning with his son Harold and their 1972 Plymouth Scamp. Most of all, Brooks enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, including his race track family. He also enjoyed maintaining his property. He was always willing to go out of his way to help someone in need including lending his racecar out to friends. One of his passions was rescuing dogs, either from the shelter or from abusive situations.

Brooks is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Harold; his step sister, Charlene; and his current rescue dog, Repo.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his biological father, Fred Chesboro and his sister, Nicole Harriett, whom he loved and missed dearly.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St. Gloversville, NY 12078. At Brook’s request a celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family

Brooks was and is loved greatly and will be missed by his family.

Memorial donations in Brooks name can be made to a shelter or charity of one’s choice.


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