Paul A. Robitaille, 73, passed away on Monday, December 3, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston with his loving wife of 42 years, Eileen (Clancy) faithfully at his side. Paul died from complications of leukemia while participating in a cancer study at Dana Farber Institute to help save other people’s lives. Born on November 2, 1945, in Springfield, MA, a loving son of William and Helen (Sadowski) Robitaille, he was raised and educated in Springfield and was a graduate of the former Springfield Technical High School and later attended Western New England College. Paul was a four year veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and while in the Navy, he was able to see the world. He was a resident of Hampden for over 40 years and has lived in the house that he built for the past 25 years. Paul was a parishioner for 43 years at St. Mary’s Church in Hampden. His community services included the Hampden Conservation Committee, Ridgeline Hillside Committee, Planning Board and Master Planning Committee. He was also the treasurer for the Pioneer Valley Planning Board. He had a long and fulfilling career that spanned over 38 years at the Springfield Republican. Paul was a master electrician and Manager of the Electrical Department before retiring in 2007. He was instrumental in many projects at the Republican, including the training and installation of the new presses from Germany. Paul was an avid Bruins fan, enjoyed boating and going on cruises, especially to Alaska. He also looked forward to spending time at his summer home on Long Island at Lake Winnipesaukee. Besides his loving wife, Eileen, he is survived by two brothers, Carl and his wife Jane of Springfield and Donald of Stockbridge; his sister, Nancy Piesz of Belchertown; numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews including his very special friend and nephew, Brian Clancy and his wife Jeanne of Springfield. Family and friends are invited to meet for a period of visitation on Saturday December 15th from 9:45 – 10:45 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 27 Somers Rd., Hampden, followed by an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial. Committal services will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Springfield. Memorial Donations may be made in Paul’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West 6th Floor, Brookline, MA, 02445-7226. Hafey Funeral Service is entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit www.hafeyfuneralservice.com for online condolences.