Thomas F. Robertson
January 26, 1933 – July 20, 2020
Thomas F. Robertson (Robbie), age 87, much loved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on July 20th, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.
Robbie was born in Dante, Virginia. in 1933 to John Donald and MaryAnn Robertson. He joined the U.S. Air Force right after high school graduation in 1950. He was a Korean War veteran and also served in Vietnam. He also flew many radar missions in Florida before retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1976. Robbie went on to college to become an accountant and eventually retired from his second career.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years Kathleen (Kit), children Dawn Bennett Tiyoweh, Dawn DelRocco and son-in-law Tony DelRocco, Thomas D. Robertson, sisters, Anna Root and Lila Rose Burke and grandchildren Michael, Autumn, Jason, and Melissa Bennett, Natalie, Rachel, and Anthony DelRocco, and Krystyn Robertson. He also has several great grandchildren, a niece, her children and grandchildren, as well as many dear friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, John D. and MaryAnn Robertson, stepmother, Ruby Lee Robertson (who was like a mother to him) and brother, Robert D. Robertson.
After his second retirement Robbie really enjoyed golfing, poker, and gardening, along with watching western movies. His favorite times were spent with family, children, and grandchildren. He spent Sunday at church and having lunch with friends. As a true patriot, he proudly flew the flag at his home. Those who knew him encountered a man of honesty and integrity, as well as love and kindness. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to your favorite charity would be appreciated.
A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be at 9:30 am, Monday, August 3, 2020 at Highland Memory Gardens, 3329 East Semoran Boulevard, Apopka, FL 32703. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home-West Altamonte Chapel. www.baldwinfairchildwestaltamonte.com.
Monday, August 3, 2020
Thomas F. Robertson
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August 5, 2020
Tom, my big brother, and I were always close growing up but we grew closer after his retirement from the military. He and my husband both choose the Orlando area t be near our parents.
My grandchildren spent summers with us and Tom and Kit would invite us to use their pool. My granddaughter wrote, “I am forever grateful for all the love he showed us kids....Because of him I know how to look like a rock star while making memories with my nieces.”
Tom taught us all how to live.
Phil and Betsey Gould
August 1, 2020
We knew Robbie over 40 years so we have many memories! Robbie was one of the kindest, most caring men we’ve known! We enjoyed him so much the past 15 years , worshiping together Sunday morning, then breakfast after with many friends! Robbie will be so missed by his family and friends and was blessed with a long , full life!! Rest In Peace dear friend until we meet in Heaven!
July 29, 2020
My dearest Uncle you will be missed. Uncle Tom also leaves behind his sisters Anna Root and Lila Burke. His Great Niece Anna recently posted this to instagram: Growing up summers were spent at our Uncle Tom and Aunt Kit’s house. It’s where I learned to swim and cannonball, it’s where we would have float wars and noodle fights. It’s where there were always memories to be made and a lot of love to give.
The past few days have come with so many emotions but I know that this afternoon my Grandpa greeted my Uncle Tom like an old friend.