August 12, 1951 – October 18, 2020
Robin M. Tannenbaum of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of New York City, NY died peacefully surrounded by friends on October 18, 2020 at the age of 69 after courageously battling a brief illness. He was the son of the late Film Director (Black Like Me) Julius Tannenbaum and the late visual artist and sculpturer Hanna M. Kochanowicz of New York. Born in New York City, Robin grew up in the towns of Massapequa and Great Neck, New York. He was a 1969 graduate of Great Neck High School, and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in Dance and Theater Performance in 1973 from The College At Brockport State University Of New York and then continued his higher education by attending Ohio University in 1974 and 1975 where he received his Masters Degree. He was a former electrician and soundman at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and a member of the Theatrical Stage Employees Local One-IATSE, New York City Stagehands. Robin was also a member of MENSA International Limited. He had a great sense of humor and was a consummate professional yet humble of his many awards and achievements. Passionate about the arts—performing and visual, Robin was honored for his technical genius by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with several Primetime Emmy Awards for his contributions in audio for the award-winning productions of Aida and Tosca as well as other performances at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center during his 20-year tenure there. Robin struggled with health issues his entire life but no matter the day, if you asked him how he was, he answered with a resounding F A N T A S T I C. He would say, how can anyone have a bad day in paradise, referring to his family, friends, and residence in Florida. Robin was kind, generous, and always ready to lend a hand, give a word of support, or help those in need. He was a member of Temple Beth Israel, of Longboat Key, Florida and enjoyed donating his time and services there. Predeceased by his beloved wife and soulmate of 30 years, Judith Cohen from Great Neck, New York, Robin leaves behind his beloved dog Tucker and beloved cat Rex as well as many special friends which were dear to his heart. He is survived by his cherished nephew Richard Delanoy of New York, and his Aunt Rita, wife of his late Uncle Jerome Tannenbaum of New Jersey and Siesta Key, Florida. Outdoor socially distanced services will be held at the Jewish cemetery in Palms Memorial Park located at the corner of Honore and Fruitville Roads in Sarasota at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. May his memory be for a Blessing.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
October 24, 2020
I met Robin almost immediately after moving into our condo in December 2018. And his sweet wife Judy. He was so kind to immediately help us with a diabetic event problem with my then husband Max . He has always shown a continuing interest in his everyday life while still grieving after the lost of his wife. So sorry for the family’s loss. Pat Lauer
October 21, 2020
Many years of friendship sadly cut too short & very abruptly.
Hug my Adam for me ❤️
October 20, 2020
Robin and I collaborated for several years bringing the Temple's A/V systems up to date. His knowledge and talents were remarkable, as well as his sense of sardonic humor!!
His hearing ability enabled the sound system to be tuned superbly, as he was truly a dedicated professional.
I enjoyed being his interpreter, as others found his technical explanations way to obtuse....
October 19, 2020
My thoughts are with Robin's family at this time. He was a very kind & gentle man who always lent a helpful hand at Temple. I am so very sorry for your loss.