Remembering Our Dad – Theodore Arthur Robinson Jr.

“My Dad, who loves the Lord, was also risen this Easter morning at 5:a.m. Knowing him, he held on and asked God to take him on the day we celebrate the resurrection. I’m thankful that his prayers were answered.” – Ted Robinson III

“Our Dad fought a courageous battle with Lymphoma and like most things he did in life, he took it straight on, much like his construction projects. He was a legendary construction manager known for his exacting style and ability to finish every project right on time. His career started with the Austin Company taking our family to Italy, Greece and Japan. In the 90s he got his second wind, which took him to Riverside, California to the majestic Mission Inn renovation project, and finally to LA Fitness, a company he loved, and worked for until his final days. Dad was a prayer warrior and let his faith in God decide when the battle should end. It came on Easter Sunday at 5:a.m. Absolutely perfect timing, Dad. What a great day to go to Heaven.”– Jeff Robinson


In Loving Memory of Babbo

Theodore Arthur Robinson Jr., 79, passed away after a three month battle with cancer, on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Riverside Community Hospital. His loving family surrounded him. A memorial service was held on April 2, 2016 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Riverside, California.

Mr. Robinson was born on April 8, 1936 in Danbury, Connecticut, the son of late Helen and Theodore Robinson Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Theodore, a brother, James Robinson and a sister, Judy Robinson Love.

Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife, Terri Myhrman Robinson, her son, Jeremy Russell, daughter-in-law, Rhonda, and grandchildren, Madison, Ayden, and Michael.

His former wife, Christine Heim Robinson, their son, Theodore III, daughter-in-law, Kimberly, son, Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Jennifer, and grandchildren, Brittany, Laurie, Emily, Audrey and Grace, survive Ted.

Mr. Robinson’s 30-year professional work career started in the United States as a road crew superintendent for the Austin Company. His work as construction manager with the Austin Company brought him to far-flung places such as Italy, (Barilla factory), Algeria, (GTE Manufacturing plant), and Greece, (Hellenic Aerospace Industry). In Japan he assumed the position Director of Asian Operations to build a base for Austin Company business.

After several years abroad, Mr. Robinson established the Robinson Construction Management Company in the United States, and settled in Riverside, California. He played a major role in the renaissance of Riverside’s downtown. He served as senior project manager for the California Tower Project, one of the most important recent rehabilitation efforts. He went on to successfully rehabilitate The Mission Inn, a National Historic Landmark.

After those projects he joined the development team at LA Fitness assuming the position Director/Senior Manager of Construction. Over a fifteen-year span, he oversaw the construction of nearly 150 popular facilities from San Diego to Seattle. His ability was legendary to get these clubs built and open on a very demanding schedule. For those fortunate enough to know and work with Mr. Robinson,”Ted,” several things stand out; his encyclopedic knowledge of the construction business, an unmatched zest for life, his boundless love for his friends and family, and his unquenchable appetite for sushi. Mr. Robinson will be deeply missed by his many friends, coworkers and family.

Let us pray for the departed soul to rest in everlasting peace

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About C.E.Robinson

Christine Elizabeth Robinson, a former nurse practitioner ventures into the world of fiction to write books. Published in May 2022, THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE, a historical fiction, comes from her love of researching family history. A background as a published poet, experience in writing fiction, non-fiction and screenplays, is an advantage in her writing career. Christine lives in Southern California. A sequel to the debut book, BEYOND THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE, in progress, will be available in 2023. The plot explodes and the characters evolve, moving forward. Even their victories create conflict and consequences.
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48 Responses to Remembering Our Dad – Theodore Arthur Robinson Jr.

  1. Jodi says:

    So sorry for your loss, but what a lovely celebration of a good man’s life! hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    What a beautiful tribute, Chryssa. My thoughts are with those who love him.

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  3. This is lovely. My sincere condolences — and a great big hug. ❤

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  4. Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad, Chryssa. A beautiful tribute and the pictures are wonderful glimpses into his life and how much he meant to his family. Hugs and peace to you.<3

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Thanks so much, Diana! I’ll share your thoughts with my sons. They were in charge of their Dad’s Eulogy, their thoughts at the beginning of the post. Yes, he was well loved by his families! 💛 Chryssa

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  5. What a lovely tribute to him, especially in the words of your sons, Elizabeth. It seems there was a lot of love in your family, as reflected in the photos you posted on what would have been his birthday. Very nicely done. I am so sorry for your loss, it is the same illness that took my father in law a few years back. Thinking of you. Hugs. ❤️


    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Van, thank you for your comforting thoughts! Yep, Ted had a lot of love to share with his families. I’m so sorry for the loss of your father-in-law from the same illness. Hugs back, Van! 💛Elizabeth

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  6. Britt Kukal says:

    Grandma, I love this! Thank you for making this post about Papa. Love you so much!


  7. Relax... says:

    A wonderful tribute.


  8. Liz says:

    Happy birthday Ted!!! I miss you so much. I love you!!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. lbeth1950 says:

    Sounds like a lovely man.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this great tribute.

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  11. Incredible!
    I started blogging this month, and it is a pleasure that I came across your blog.
    It has inspired me to start my third article.
    Thank you:)

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  12. A magnificent and inspirational tribute, Christine. Your father was a well-loved man. Thank you for sharing. The pictures add so much heart to your post. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  13. The Hook says:

    I’ve been there, Elizabeth; watching my father-in-law pass was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
    But celebrating our loved one’s lives is far better than mourning their passing.
    Thank you for reminding us of that.

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  14. Such a beautiful tribute

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  15. Although I’m late on reading this, it is never the less, just as beautiful a tribute. This showed the celebration of his LIFE instead of focusing on a disease that took it from him. The pictures demonstrate just how special a man he was.
    I am very sorry for your loss.

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    • C.E.Robinson says:

      Dr. J., thank you so much for your thoughts! How did I miss this comment? I’m so sorry for the late reply. Ted’s life was extraordinary! We (his two families & friends) did celebrate his life! He would have wanted that! 🎉 Christine

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  16. sheldonk2014 says:

    I can feel his strength in these words
    so sorry for your loss
    But from what I gather his memory will live on
    As always Sheldon

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  17. C.E., I just saw this. Sorry for being late, but my condolences to Mr. Ted’s whole family…

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  18. I’m so sorry to hear this. My sincere condolences to you and your family. A lovely tribute and celebration of the life of a wonderful man . Lots of love and hugs to you, take care.

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