Robert Malin, Charlestown environmentalist, dies at 65

Robert Malin, Charlestown environmentalist, dies at 65

CHARLESTOWN — Robert Malin, a videographer and environmentalist who ran unsuccessfully for Charlestown Town Council in 2016 and gained support for a potential appointment to the council earlier this year, has died. He was 65 years old.  

Malin been ill for a short time, according to family and local associates who knew him, and late last week had taken a turn for the worse. 

According to family, an MRI taken in February revealed a tumor on his spine. After a series of radiation treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital, he had a six-hour surgery in early May to remove the tumor. After the surgery he was scheduled to have more radiation treatments. 

Malin came through that surgery with a good prognosis, but had a major stroke after the surgery, which occurred on May 12. 

His stepson reported Friday that Malin’s condition had deteriorated and that he had been moved to a hospice care facility. He reportedly died Saturday night.

In the six-person Town Council race in 2016, Malin finished sixth while running as a Democrat, below candidate Steven Williams.

When Williams resigned in January, several residents said Malin should be appointed to the council as the next-highest vote getter after Williams in the election, speaking in his favor at a council meeting.

The council ultimately appointed George Tremblay to the vacant seat. Tremblay and other council members were among those who wished Malin well during his recovery.

In addition to his engagement in town government, Malin also had been very active in the opposition to the Invenergy Power Plant in Burrillville and many other issues and causes.

His family had set up a GoFundMe page,, to accept donations while Malin was recovering to help with medical expenses. 

Friends continued to support the page with donations over the weekend and Monday.


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