Leslie W. Robertson
Leslie “Farmer” Robertson, age 56, of Newry, passed away at his beloved farm on Sunday with his family by his side.
Leslie was a third generation farmer who lived on “Farmer’s Corner” in Newry. He owned and operated Robertson Farms which was built in the mid-1800s, and officially named in 1979 by Leslie and his wife Toni, shortly after their marriage.
Leslie purchased his first skidder at age 15. After buying the skidder, Telstar High School allowed Leslie to rearrange his schedule so he could attend classes in the morning, run the farm with his mother, and log for the remaining portion of the day.
Leslie married his former wife Toni July 14, 1979 in Mexico. They gave birth to their daughter Amy Lynne Robertson on Aug. 23, 1981 in Norway.
Leslie established Robertson Logging and Land Clearing in 1983 and expanded the business, which survives to this day, to include a second skidder and a full-time employee.
In 2004 Leslie became partners with Norman Davis of Newry, and together they created Meadow View Estates, a housing development.
In 2008 Leslie was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiform, a rare and aggressive brain cancer. In 2010 he enrolled in an immunotherapy (vaccine) clinical trial at University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Leslie’s success during the trial helped pave the way for the introduction of immunotherapy as a mainstream treatment for Glioblastoma. Because of this treatment Leslie became the “poster boy” for University Hospital and the clinical trial, appearing on TV and in the local/national newspapers.
Because of his “celebrity” at the University Hospital, Leslie was able to actively help others with the same disease, as they would call his house wanting information and guidance about how to get the same treatments.
Leslie met Linda Smith in 2005. They lived together at the farm for 8 years where she remained by his side as his loving partner until the end.
Leslie is survived by his daughter Amy Robertson of Newry, his significant other Linda Smith of Newry, his sisters: Janet Tibbetts and family of Florida; Norma Bessey and family of Michigan; Winona Barker and family of Maine, and Betty Lou Payne and family of Florida, as well as his brother Robert Korhonen and family of Indiana. He is also survived by his former wife, and Amy’s mother, Toni Robertson, as well as Logan Whitney, his constant companion and “partner in crime” at the farm.
Leslie is predeceased by his parents Freda and Wade Robertson, and his brothers Phillip and Paul Korhonen.
Leslie touched the lives of everyone he encountered and leaves behind countless individuals who consider themselves blessed to have called him “Friend.”
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Arbor House, 300 Main Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240.
A Celebration of Life (please bring smiles) will be held Saturday Aug. 24 at 10a.m. at the Bethel Alliance Church across from Telstar High School. Arrangements by: Cliff Gray Cremation and Funeral Services, 60 Andrews Road Bryant Pond, Maine 04219.