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Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville

4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

Donald "Donnie" Nathan Robertson

September 16, 1956June 29, 2019
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Donald “Donnie” Nathan Robertson, 62, passed away peacefully at his summer home in NC. He was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Robert and Sarah Robertson. Donnie was also predeceased by his sister, Sandy Bennett. Donnie was a business owner of his welding machine shop. Dedicated to his profession, he loved working with his hands. He loved working with plasma cutting, welding and building sculptures. He is survived by his fiancé, Sharon Silva; son, Michael Robertson; former wife and longtime companion, Jeannie Robertson; grandson, Nathan Wesley Robertson and fiancé, Kayla Simpson and their son, Elliott Wesley Robertson; step children, Jessica Silva, Erica Silva Jenkins and husband, (Justin) and their son, Zachary Silva and his sister, Alicia Shores.

A visitation will from 6-8pm, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Smith and Williams Kempsville Funeral Home. There will be a funeral service conducted at 2pm, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the funeral home. There will be a burial to immediately follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. There will be a reception to follow at the family home after services are complete. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Michael Robertson, Son
  • Sharon Silva, Fiancé
  • Jeannie Robertson, Former Wife
  • Nathan Wesley Robertson and fiancé, Kayla Simpson, Grandson
  • Elliott Wesley Robertson, Great Grandson
  • Jessica Silva, Step Daughter
  • Erica Silva Jenkins and husband, Justin, Step Daughter
  • Zachary Silva, Erica & Justin's Son
  • Alicia Shores, Sister
  • Robert and Sarah Robertson, Parents
  • Sandy Bennett, Sister
  • Donnie is also survived by Nicole, Cory, Justin, Wyatt, Hannah and Donald Bennett in addition to 2 great nieces and 2 great nephews.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Richter
  • David Emmons
  • Doug Sapp
  • Tommy Pugh
  • Donald Bennett
  • Scott Seward

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Memories

Donald "Donnie" Nathan Robertson

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Bill Wolf

July 12, 2019

I did not get to know him for very long. It did not take long to know he was a very knowledgeable and amazing man. I am sure he is missed by many. He will live on for many years to come through all that knew him. I was in shock and saddened to hear of him passing. He passed on himself through his 700 phone contacts , guild and all that knew him. I look forward to hearing more of him and I have no doubt his life would make for a awesome book for many more to get to know him. I just wish I could have met him much sooner.
Sincerely saddened
Bill David Wolf

Kevin Kreger

July 9, 2019

Donnie was one of the most knowledgeable and generous men I ever met. After a lifetime of machining, welding and blacksmithing, he could still get excited about new metalworking projects, and it was always fun talking with him about what he had been working on and what he was planning.

I think he liked helping people more than anything else. Around 1996, as a very green beginner blacksmith, I had just met Donnie and was admiring a 70-lb air hammer he had built. I casually remarked that I wanted to own a power hammer one day and Donnie said, “Why don’t you borrow this one? I’m not using it right now.” He helped me move it to my shop, and let me hang on to it for a year!

He was just a terrific human being, one who will be sorely missed.

Michael Spencer

July 9, 2019

I met Donnie in 1979 where he worked at F H Gaskins Co Inc. he was always ready to help and most of all if you had a question or needed help. I talked to Donnie a few days before he passed and I had a question about some metal covers and he immediately told me where to find what I was looking for. He was a good friend and will dearly be missed.

Dave Hammer

July 9, 2019

I'm not able to attend Donnie's service today, but please know that he has many friends in our blacksmith community. Please accept prayers for peace and solace.

Ginny Goodbread

July 8, 2019

I have known Donnie over 35 years. He was always kind. Always ready to help. We laughed. We talked. He was like a well worn shoe. Very comfortable. I will miss him terribly. One of the nicest, sweetest, most awesome guys I've ever had the privilege to know. Rest in Peace, my sweet friend. I am so sorry you are gone.

Cindy K

July 1, 2019

I'm sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is such a difficult thing. Please find comfort in knowing that God views death as an enemy and will soon end it forever. (1 Cor 15:26) God's word also promises a time when we can all hope to see our loved ones again. (John 5:28,29) A beautiful hope!

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Biography

Donald “Donnie” Nathan Robertson, 62, passed away peacefully at his summer home in NC. He was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Robert and Sarah Robertson. Donnie was also predeceased by his sister, Sandy Bennett. Donnie was a business owner of his welding machine shop. Dedicated to his profession, he loved working with his hands. He loved working with plasma cutting, welding and building sculptures. He is survived by his fiancé, Sharon Silva; son, Michael Robertson; former wife and longtime companion, Jeannie Robertson; grandson, Nathan Wesley Robertson and fiancé, Kayla Simpson and their son, Elliott Wesley Robertson; step children, Jessica Silva, Erica Silva Jenkins and husband, (Justin) and their son, Zachary Silva and his sister, Alicia Shores.

A visitation will from 6-8pm, Monday, July 8, 2019 at Smith and Williams Kempsville Funeral Home. There will be a funeral service conducted at 2pm, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the funeral home. There will be a burial to immediately follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. There will be a reception to follow at the family home after services are complete. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.