Robert "Robin" C. Ellis Jr, age 79, passed away peacefully in the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on October 27, 2020, surrounded by his family and close friends. Born in Viejo, California on March 15, 1941, he was the son of the late Robert and Madeline (Presentato) Ellis. He was raised in Walpole, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Walpole High School with the Class of 1959. Robin continued his education at Hillsdale College in Michigan, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1965.
Upon Robin's return to his hometown of Walpole, he first took a position with Knox, Inc before moving on to the Bird Johnson Company in the Rolls Royce Division on Norfolk Street in 1969. However, more notably, Robin purchased the Barleycorn Pub in Walpole Center in 1983. He owned and operated the pub for more than twenty years, retiring in 2004.
While Robin kept busy, he always made time to catch his favorite New England Sports team compete or to strike up a conversation with friends and acquaintances about politics. He especially enjoyed thoroughbred horse racing and looked forward to his trips to Saratoga Racecourse over the years. Over the years, Robin purchased several horses, first under the name of R&E Stables with his close friends, Dennis Nolfi, John Hall, Paul Roach, and Marsha Roach. He later purchased horses with his friends from the Barleycorn under the name Starmont Stables.
Beloved husband of the late Winifred G. (Grabau) Ellis.
Stepfather of Thomas Eisele of Norwood.
Cherished grandfather of Samantha, Thomas Jr., and Keith.
Dear friend of James Nixon, Stephen Jacobs, and David Wakefield.
The family wishes to thank John Murray and Christine McDonnell for all the help they gave Robin throughout the last few years.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Robin's Life Celebration on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 11 AM to 12 PM in the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, 48 Common Street, Walpole. Following the Life Celebration, a lunch gathering will be held at the Old Colonial Cafe, 171 Nahatan Street, Norwood.
Interment will take place privately at Knollwood Memorial Park in Canton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.
Arrangements by James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole.