Douglas Robinson Obituary (2022) – Hartford, CT

Douglas Raymond Robinson, 76, of North Yarmouth, Maine, died Monday evening, March 7, 2022, at home. He was married to Krysia (Olszewski) Robinson for 50 years. Son of the late Raymond Robinson and Muriel (Petterson) Robinson Edgar, he was born in Boston, Massachusetts, November 17, 1945. Doug lived in Dorchester and Braintree, until the family moved to Glen Ridge, New Jersey, in 1957. Glen Ridge he enjoyed track and field, especially the pole vault. He learned to play the guitar and co-founded the trio called the Rum Runners. He graduated from Glen Ridge High School and attended Yankton College, Yankton, South Dakota. He enlisted in the Air Force serving from 1966-1969. He received an honorable discharge when his father became ill. In the service, he learned computer programming which became the foundation for his professional life. He worked at The Howard Savings Bank, Newark, New Jersey. Doug and Krysia welcomed their first child, Jeremy in 1972. In 1976, they moved to Connecticut where Doug began working for Connecticut Online Computer Center, Avon, CT. They welcomed their daughter, Stephanie in 1977. Doug worked at COCC for the rest of his career, retiring in 2002 as Executive Vice President. Throughout Doug’s life there were constants: he loved his family, the outdoors, animals, and fishing. His family spent vacations on Great Herring Pond, Bourne, Massachusetts. He adored the quiet of the lake fishing in the mornings and the Red Sox on the radio in the evenings. Doug loved to listen and learn. He loved chess, puzzles and playing the guitar. Doug was thoughtful – a thinker and a problem solver. He gave the best advice. In retirement, Doug learned woodworking and made beautiful works of art that he shared with family and friends. Douglas was generous and kind. He chose to be an anatomical donor to The University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Biddeford, Maine. This self-less gift supports medical students while they learn. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Jeremy Robinson and his wife, Allison, of Swanzey, New Hampshire, and Stephanie Thibodeau of Saco, Maine; two grandchildren, Molly Robinson, and Jason Robinson; a sister, Janet Robinson of Ventura, CA, and her son, Damon Kirsche of Valley Village, CA; two nieces, Jessica Willson and Samantha Amato, of Florida; his sister-in-law, Alexandra Hakimdin of North Easton, MA, and her son, Kamran Hakimdin of South Easton, MA; his cousin, Deborah Cavalcante of North Carolina; dear family friend, Roby Thibodeau of Biddeford, Maine; and extended family. Doug was predeceased by his grandparents Alfred and Ruth Peterson and his beloved brother, Lee Robinson of Tilton, New Hampshire. The family will gather this summer to remember Doug and give thanks for his life. To honor this gentle, strong, smart, and kind man – “be generous and loving”.

Published by Hartford Courant on Mar. 16, 2022.

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