Nathan Neal Robertson
November 13, 1987
- February 11, 2008
THOMASTON – Nathan Neal Robertson, 20, died peacefully at his home Monday, February 11, 2008, after a three year battle with desmoplastic small round cell tumor.
Born November 13, 1987 in Rockport, he was the son of Kevin and Patricia Painter Robertson. Raised in Thomaston, he attended Lura Libby School, Thomaston Grammar School, and was a 2006 graduate of Georges Valley High School. Diagnosed with a rare cancer his Junior year, Nathan was still able to complete his education and graduate on time with his class. While in school he played basketball, was an active band member, and was involved with school plays.
He was employed at the Waterfront Market in Thomaston for four years, where he sorted bottles and enjoyed interaction with his customers.
Nathan had loyal friends who remained in contact with him during his entire illness. They often would drop by the house to play video games, watch movies, or just hang out. Among his best friends were Tim Taylor, Charlie Walsh, Alex Hatch, Elias Edwards-Jenks, and Peter Griffith. After he became critically ill a month ago, Alex, Elias, and Peter flew home from California to spend quality time with Nathan every day.
An avid on-line gamer, Nate developed friendships worldwide and shared that passion with his brother, Andrew. He also enjoyed spending time with his sister, Sarah, with whom he shared a love for dogs, particularly his standard poodle ‘Duncan’ and Sarah’s poodles, ‘Makki’ and ‘Daisy’.
Due to his familiarity with the healthcare system, Nathan was often personally involved in decisions involving his treatment. Never one to complain or delve in self-pity, Nathan offered himself to be subjected to experimental treatments in hopes of finding a solution to his rare cancer. He often commented that there was value in doing this no matter what happened. He explained that if the new treatment worked that was important information, but if it did not work than that was important information too. The past three years while in treatment, Nathan developed wonderful relationships with the staff at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and Maine Children’s Cancer Center.
Nathan will be sadly missed by his parents, Kevin and Patty of Thomaston; brother, Andrew K. Robertson, student at University of Rhode Island; sister, Sarah E. Robertson of Thomaston; maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Connie Painter of Owls Head; paternal grandmother, Denice Robertson of Milo; relatives, Kirby and Valerie Robertson, Joel and Marie Robertson, Tom and Sarah Painter, Rodney and Kathy Painter, John and Kati Painter; special cousin Kelen Painter; as well as extended aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and friends.
Nathan’s incredible journey was chronicled in an online journal kept by his mother, Patty for the past three years. His story and inspiration touched the lives of many people. His journal can be found online at ://www.caringbridge.org/me/nathan
Visiting hours will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17, 2008, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street , Rockland. A celebration of Nathan’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock Street, Rockland. The Reverend Laura Edwards will officiate along with Reverend Peter Jenks and Reverend Kate Braestrup, all of whom knew and loved Nathan. Interment will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Maine Children’s Cancer Program, 100 U.S. Route One, Unit 107, Scarborough, ME 04075, or to Make-A-Wish-Foundation, 87 Elm Street, Suite 206, Camden, ME 04843. To sign Nathan’s on-line guest book, please visit www.bchfh.com.
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