Peter R. “Pete” Robbins, of Hornell

HORNELL-Peter R. “Pete” Robbins, 71, of 110 Myrtle Ave., Hornell, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon (December 19, 2020) shortly after arriving at St. James Hospital.

Born in Hornell on September 14, 1949, he was the son of Harold & Helen (Colomaio) Robbins.

Pete grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of the former St. Ann’s School and Hornell High School (class of 1967). He later graduated from Broome Community College (SUNY Binghamton) with an Associates Degree in Business Administration.

He was employed for several years in the admissions department of the former St. James Mercy Hospital and for over 30 years worked for the City of Hornell Department of Public Works, retiring in 2010.

Pete was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. He was a member of the Hornell Knights of Columbus, Hornell Elks Lodge, the Hornell Association, the AMVETS, Sons of the American Legion and a former member of the Hornell Moose Lodge. Pete was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and also enjoyed rooting for the New York Yankees & New York Mets. He especially enjoyed the time spent simply walking his dog and visiting with his many friends along the route.

A loving husband, father, son & grandfather, Pete will be remembered for deep love of his family; his friendly smile; and his affection for his many friends throughout the Hornell community.

Pete was preceded in death by his father, Harold Robbins who died in 1982.

He was married on April 17, 1982 to the former Patricia “Patti” Lorow who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Mike (Kristina) Robbins of North Hornell and Brian (Shasta) Robbins of Moore, SC; his mother, Helen Robbins of Hornell; 2 grandsons, Connor Robbins and Theoden “Theo” Robbins, his mother-in-law, Geraldine Lorow; aunts, uncles, several cousins, nieces & nephews. He will also be sadly missed by his “canine companion”, Killian.

The family of Peter R. “Pete” Robbins will receive friends on Tuesday (January 5, 2021) from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday (January 6, 2021) at 11:00 AM at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The Funeral Mass for Pete Robbins will be streamed via YouTube and can be viewed on the Dagon Funeral Home Facebook page on Wednesday at 11:00 AM by visiting  The video will remain available for viewing on our Facebook page for 30 days.

Pete’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the North Hornell Volunteer Fire Company, 1 West Maplewood Ave., North Hornell, NY 14843 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000 – Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

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