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Edward "Carl" Robare,97

Edward “Carl” Robare, 97 of Stamford, VT passed away on Thursday, September 2, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.

Carl was born on December 12, 1923, in North Adams, MA, the loving son of Edward A. and Bernadette V. (LaBombard) Robare. He completed his grammar school education in Clarksburg, MA and attended Drury High School in North Adams, graduating with the Class of 1942. After graduation, Carl worked as a draftsman for a few months at the General Electric Company and then attended Bliss Business College until enlisting in the United States Army on October 30, 1942.

Carl’s World War II service in the Army was with the 737th Tank Battalion in the European Theatre, from the Normandy Beachhead through the Battle of the Bulge to the end of the War in Germany. The 737th Tank Battalion participated in all the Major European Battles and received a Presidential Unit Citation as well as a Major French Decoration.

After his discharge from the Army in December 1945 Carl was employed for eight years in Textile Designing at Strong Hewat Company in Clarksburg leaving there in 1953 to take a position at New England Telephone Company in North Adams as a Technician, where he worked for 31 years until his retirement in 1984.

A resident of Stamford, Vermont since 1953, he had a deep interest in many of the Arts and Sciences and spent much of his free time inventing, creating, and building, including experimenting and building windmills and solar panels in the 1970’s. A craftsman and artist by hobby, he twice undertook the repair and rebuild of the Civil War Soldier Statue for the city of North Adams and was featured in many publications throughout the country for this work. Carl loved 'fixing things that no one else will''.

During his years in Stamford, he served the town and his community well by volunteering his time to be on many Boards and Committees, including the school committee, zoning board, cemetery commission, and Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to his many interests, he was a licensed pilot who loved to fly his Cessna and enjoyed experimenting with aerial photography.

Carl was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Eleanor “Jane” (Begiebing) Robare. He is survived by a son and daughter in law, Bruce C and Christine A Robare of Stamford, VT, a daughter and son in law, Judith R and Douglas R Manchester of Concord, MA. Carl also leaves behind three grandchildren- Christian Douglas Manchester and fiancé Audrey Coulter of San Franciso, CA; Hilary Robare Manchester and her husband Charles Clay Ciccariello of Denver, CO, Morgan Collins Manchester and her partner Henry Pearson of Ann Arbor, MI, as well as three step-grandchildren, Jessica L. Tatro and her husband EJay of Stamford, VT, Stephany A Onorato and her husband Greg of Adams, MA and Allyson M Holmes and her fiance Brent Bette of Pittsfield, MA, as well as five step-great grandchildren- Ryley and Reed Tatro, and Macy, Joseph, and Emily Onorato.


FUNERAL NOTICE: A private graveside service for Carl Robare will be held in Clarksburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mass MoCA

in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit


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My deepest sympathy to the Robare family. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
from: Mireille Royon: 09-20-2021

I am a scholar and writer, and I have belonged to a scholarly community for the last 50 plus years, and yet never have I met anyone who possessed so pure a vein of intellectual curiosity as Carl did. He was interested in almost everything and full of energy to solve problems or to pose productive questions. He was a kind and generous man as well, a notable contributor to the community, and a good friend.

from: Peter Grudinon: 09-17-2021

So sorry to hear of Carl's passing. My husband and I both worked with him at the Telephone Co. Carl helped Lee with projects at our home and I would go flying with him occasionally . He will be missed.
from: Nancy Sylvesteron: 09-09-2021

Sad to hear of Carlís passing. Worked with him for many years. Always a knowledgeable and friendly person to talk to. All that knew him will agree.
from: GEORGE BETOURNEYon: 09-09-2021

I always enjoyed my conversations with Carl and Joe Manning at the Brew. Two fine and interesting gentlemen. I am honored to have known both of them.
from: Peter Mayon: 09-08-2021

I am so sorry to learn of my friendís passing. Carl was a very good man who loved to create. My best to the family.
from: Burt Shaprio on: 09-08-2021

I am so sorry to hear of Carl's passing, I always enjoyed sitting at Mcdonald's having coffee, and talking with him. Carl was such a great guy, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Robare family.

Sincerely, Dave
from: Dave Emery on: 09-08-2021

One of my most beloved customers who I was proud to call a friend. I will miss all your amazing stories. Rest In Peace my friend
from: Jeff Levanoson: 09-07-2021