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Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA

OBITUARY

Alfred Francis Robinson

December 30, 1942October 9, 2016
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Alfred F. (Al) Robinson passed away of congestive heart failure on October 9, 2016. He was born in Albemarle County, Virginia, where he spent a significant portion of his early boyhood living with his grandparents when not with the rest of his family at various US naval bases around the country. He met his wife-to-be, Janet Lanier, while attending Osborn High School in Manassas, Virginia, where they both graduated in 1961. He also earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Al spent a distinguished 39-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency, during which he traveled to over 80 countries and served longer tours in Vietnam, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Singapore. He retired in 1999. Less than a year after “retiring”, Al decided he had spent enough time on projects at home, so he joined the Compass Rose Benefits Group, an insurance company serving the US Government, where he spent a second career for 16 years until his death.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Janet Lanier Robinson; his two children, Alfred Linton Robinson and Sandra Robinson Lengi (and her husband John David Lengi); and his two grandchildren, Nathanael Joshua and Mary Abigail Lengi. Also surviving are Al’s three sisters Donna Vandevender, Brenda Corner and Rebecca Lance, as well as members of their families.

Al was a truly wonderful man with a passion for being active. He was a high achiever on the athletic field well into adulthood, and in his career and education. He was absolutely devoted to his family & friends, serving his country, and to the colleagues he worked with all over the world during his career.

Family and friends are welcome to join us for a celebration of his life at the funeral home, at the times described on this page, if you are able.

His ashes will be scattered privately at a later date near his boyhood home.

In Lieu of Flowers: Donations may be made in Alfred Francis Robinson's name, to the American Diabetes Association.

Services

  • Visitation/Reception

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • Continuation of Visitation/Reception

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

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John Higgins

December 20, 2016

As one of my early mentors, Al was a man I looked up to for decades. Divergent paths in life never loosened the bond I felt for good man. Closing my eyes I can re-experience his trademark chuckle and the warmth of conversation. There are limits to how many true friendships one can develop, but I suspect he is on the list of many others, as he is on mine. I mourn his passing.

Ivan Turner

October 21, 2016

Mr. Robinson was a great man who loved and raised a great family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Amanda Cody

October 20, 2016

I've known Al since my first day at Compass Rose over 6 years ago. I will never forget his kindness, generosity, and caring nature. Over the past few years we've grown especially close as coworkers and he has helped me greatly while I was in a time of need. I will never forget this and truly appreciate the time I've been blessed to know him. I will greatly miss his presence in the office, his colorful stories, and I know that he is looking down at all of us, smiling, and watching over us. Deep sympathies and prayers to the Robinson family.

Pamela Barrett

October 19, 2016

I am so glad I had the opportunity to know Al. He was a very kind and thoughtful person. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Beverly McDonald

October 19, 2016

I worked with Al for years through Compass Rose. He was such a warm kind person and I always enjoyed my chats with him. When I think of Al, the thing that comes to mind first is the enormous love he had for his wife, children, grandchildren and dogs. I will miss him greatly and would like to offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Sherri Hebert

October 18, 2016

Al was one of the most generous men I have known. I will miss him tremendously. God Bless..

Madeline Aileo

October 18, 2016

I could talk (well, mostly listen!) with Al forever as he shared his extensive experiences with me. I'm sorry I didn't have the pleasure of knowing him very long and extend my condolences to his family and friends. The world needs more men like Al!

October 18, 2016

There aren't enough words to describe Al, and he will surely be missed. I very much enjoyed the times I sat in his office and he shared his overseas experiences. He had an amazing Agency Career! God is going to enjoy hearing Al's stories. God Bless. Tammy Giangreco (Chantilly, VA)

Bill Simmons

October 17, 2016

Al was a mentor to many of us who came to Compass Rose from outside the intel community. He taught me the importance of security and made me a better manager to my staff. He was a great and trusted friend. A true American hero. I will miss him. My life was made better by knowing him this short time.

Donna Spina

October 17, 2016

I will truly miss the amazing stories! One of the most interesting, kindest, warm hearted man I have ever met! Al was like a father figure to me and I will truly miss him! Heaven just received another angel!

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