Richard Lawrence Robinson was born August 23, 1939 to Lawrence and Sophie Robinson in New York. After moving to the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, he ran for the Police Athletic League, winning medals in multiple competitions at Madison Square Garden.
After graduating Bishop Dubois HS he entered St. Francis College. While working at Woolworths, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. In 1961, he enlisted in the National Guard. Then in 1963 he joined Bankers Trust Corporation as a trainee in Systems Development, eventually becoming Vice President of Development Data Automation and Strategic Planning over his 20 years at the firm. His work on the strategic data center backup and automation built in Harborside, NJ would eventually result in Deutsche Bank (which acquired Bankers Trust) being able to stay operating after the September 11th attacks.
In 1992, Rich joined Fidelity Investments as Vice President of Trust Brokerage Systems, where he was responsible for building the Trust Brokerage technology that supported this new business line, as well as successfully heading the Year 2K initiative. He retired in 2000, moving to Brick, New Jersey and subsequently, Venice, Florida.
In his personal life he enjoyed being active in his children’s activities as they grew up through coaching soccer, running camping trips for the family, and as a Chief in the Indians Guides and Princesses Program. He was active in the local community and also served as President of the New Jersey Jaycees, Marlboro Chapter.
He remained active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary (Region IV, Basic training Cape May, N.J.C.G. Station), enjoyed boating and fishing, and was a member of the Venice/Nokomis Rotary as well as VNC/NOVA of Venice. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed golfing with friends. He is preceded in death by his sister Betty Aubry of Carmel, New York.
Rich is survived by his childhood sweetheart bride of 55 years, Laura (Rullan) Robinson; sister Kathleen Mueller; daughter Lisa Shrout, husband Michael of Severna Park, MD; daughter Debra Young, husband Curtis of Suffolk, VA; son Richard Charles, wife Lisa of Middletown, NJ; and ten loving grandchildren Dylan, Kyle, Gavin, Piper, Ainslee, Darby, Lona, Eastin, Onika, and Draegen; as well as 14 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers please contribute to the Diabetes or Heart Foundations of America. A public visitation will be held at Farley Funeral Home of Venice on Tuesday February 2nd, 2021 from 9am to 11am. The family will celebrate a funeral mass privately. The mass will be streamed live on www.epiphanycathedral.org at 1 pm on Tuesday, February 2nd.