Richard Lawrence Robinson

August 23, 1939 - January 26, 2021
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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 at 1 pm on Tuesday, February 2nd.



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Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Farley Funeral Home - Venice Chapel


265 Nokomis Avenue South
Venice, FL 34285


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Born: August 23, 1939
November 4, 2004
Walking along the Rhine
Walking along the Rhine
August 28, 1965
Our Wedding
Our Wedding
July 4, 2019
Family Reunion
Family Reunion
Died: January 26, 2021

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Sylviane Ward posted on 2/11/21

It is clear Rich enjoyed a blessed life well lived, with devoted wife, family and friends the entire journey. He was special to everyone who knew him. Laura was truly the wind beneath his wings. Now he is resting with the Angels, and his family are now surrounded by Angels.


Sylviane Ward posted on 2/11/21

It is clear to see Rich had a life well lived. Devoted wife, family, and friends his entire journey. That is a testimony to the special person he was and will always be in the hearts and memories of those who knew him. Laura’s devotion and love were truly the wind beneath his wings. He is now resting with the Angels.


Bobbi Rullan posted on 2/1/21

I read Rich's biography. What a life and what a man. So many accomplishments, leaving a beautiful legacy to his family, friends, co-workers, and humanity.


Bob ans Virginia Parrish posted on 2/1/21

Laura, Bob and I will have so many fond memories of Rich— cards, dinner parties, VNC, NOVA. He leaves a legacy of kindness and faith that will be an inspiration to all of us. God bless you and your entire family.


Bob ans Virginia Parrish posted on 2/1/21

Laura, Bob and I will have so many fond memories of Rich— cards, dinner parties, VNC, NOVA. He leaves a legacy of kindness and faith that will be an inspiration to all of us. God bless you and your entire family.


Joan & Jack Whitman posted on 1/31/21

Laura, Our prayers are with you and your family. May you all find some comfort in knowing what a special part you all payed in Riches incredible life! We treasure the wonderful times we enjoyed together.! Most Sincerely, Joan & Jack Whitman


John and Jane Farley posted on 1/29/21

We will miss our dear friend Rich. John and I enjoyed celebrating birthdays, playing games and having Sunday breakfast every Sunday after church with Rich., Laura and friends. We will miss his wit and quiet intelligence. He and Laura had a loving and caring relationship which was a beautiful example for all of us. Rest in peace dear friend. John and Jane Farley.


Nanci Korman posted on 1/29/21

Before the Pandemic I often sat at the table with Rich. He was a lovely man. We will miss him at Rotary. Blessings


Louise Morton posted on 1/29/21

To Laura and Family, I’ve had the honor to work with Richard in the capacity as his Dietitian and I truly grew to love him over the years. He was the kindest most gracious man and I can’t tell you how I looked forward to talking with him each week. He adored his family and I could gather how rich his life was with love and family by the stories he shared. He was my best “go to” for binge TV recommendations and he never let me down. I really felt his absence yesterday. To you and yours, my heartfelt sympathy for your loss.


Laura Robinson posted on 1/28/21

In memory of Richard Lawrence Robinson, Laura Robinson lit a candle


Donna and Jim posted on 1/28/21

Laura...I am so sorry for your loss. We have many great memories and will truly miss him. We have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


Kay & Ha San Song posted on 1/28/21

Laura, I am so sorry to hear about this sad news. Hurts... Rich and you are not only friend to us but also mentors. I tried to emulate Rich when I was working and emulate you in my private life. Honest, kind, warm, considerate loving couple. Rich will stay with us as an important person in my life. May he rest in peace in heaven 🙏🙏🙏💗💗


Elaine Shallock posted on 1/28/21

We are so sorry for your loss, Laura, our deepest condolences to you and the family, Rich was one of the best.


Jane Shaw posted on 1/28/21

Laura, John and I are so sorry to hear about Rich. We totally enjoyed his company during the past few years. Rich was always gracious with a sparkle in his eye. We offer our condolences and our prayers to you and your family. Jane and John Shaw


Traci Allison posted on 1/28/21

Uncle Rich, I will always treasure the summers our family drove from Atlanta to New Jersey to visit, and the boat rides along the Jersey shore. I will surely miss your humor! -Love, your niece Traci


Jill Grinnell posted on 1/28/21

Laura and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Rich was such a sweet man and will be missed. All my thoughts and prayers for comfort are being sent your way. Jill Grinnell


Karen and Ron Troyan posted on 1/28/21

May Rich Rest In Peace. Prayers and hugs to you and your family during this difficult time.


Lydia Young posted on 1/28/21

May he rest in peace