SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 5, 2013

Robert "Robby" Robinson


Roxbury — Robert William Robinson of Ipswich passed away December 25, 2012, from a sudden illness. He was known to many as Robby or Uncle Bob, and graduated from Beverly High School in 1946.

He attended Tilton Prep School in Tilton, N.H., in 1947 before attending (on full academic and athletic scholarships) the University of Missouri for two years and Georgia Tech for two years, then graduating from Georgia Tech in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management. He played football at both colleges, playing in the Gator Bowl and also in the Orange Bowl.

Robby was a terrific athlete throughout his entire life. He holds the record for the number of letters earned in three years at Beverly High School; earning a total of 13 letters as a sophomore, junior and senior. His sports were football, basketball, baseball, golf and track, earning five varsity letters in his senior year.

Robby was voted into the Beverly High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 and also gained national fame with his ability to throw a football behind his back. He demonstrated this in the Cotton Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and was on the NESN TV show, Front Row.

He served for many years in the U.S. Air Force, first as a 2nd Lieutenant and then as a 1st Lieutenant. He was also in the R.O.T.C. at Georgia Tech.

The majority of his employment years were with the Chemical Division (Bostik) of the United Shoe Machinery Corp., in Sales, Sales Marketing, Customer Service, and as a marketing manager.

Since 1985, Robby was the club professional at Candlewood Golf Club in Ipswich. He also took part in the family ice cream business located on Argilla Road in Ipswich.

Robby is predeceased by his father, Ambrose (Bud) Robinson; mother, Marion K. Robinson; and sister, Ann L. Deschenes. He leaves behind his wife, Sally Robinson of London, England; cousin, Eleanor Edgar of Inglewood, Calif.; nieces, Kathryn M. Dyer and husband, William, Terry A. Monbleau and husband, Joe all of Turner, Maine; nephews, Scott R. Deschenes of Lewiston, Maine, Randall R. Deschenes of Middleton, and wife, Dawn; and brother-in-law, Roger A. Deschenes of Turner, Maine.

Robby also leaves behind nine great-nieces and nephews, Chad Dyer, Annie Dyer, Paige Dyer, Charles Monbleau, Dana Monbleau (all of Turner, Maine) and Ryan Deschenes, Joshua Deschenes, Spencer Deschenes and Robby Deschenes, all of Middleton.