Obituary of Thomas Carberry Robinson
Thomas Carberry Robinson, 69, of Altamont, NY, died peacefully at Albany Medical Center on July 25, 2023. Born in Plattsburgh, NY on August 14, 1953, to the late Earl J. Robinson and Selma L. (Carberry) Robinson, the family soon relocated to Delmar, NY, where they shared many happy memories and built lifelong friendships.
After graduating from Bethlehem Central High School, Tom earned an AOS degree in Trade Electricity & Carpentry at SUNY-Delhi and a BS Degree in Vocational/Technical Education from SUNY College of Technology Utica, NY. He began his career as a self-employed electrical contractor as well as a maintenance electrician during the construction of the Egg between 1974-1977. For five years he taught at Fishkill Correctional Facility and then became the electrical foreman for Constr & Maint. Svc. at Otisville Federal Correctional Facility, Otisville, NY. Tom shared many interesting experiences at Otisville. By 1986 he became Manager of Plant Engineering at Charles River Laboratories, Stone Ridge, NY, where he earned several awards including the Corporate Innovative Solutions Award (Merck Project) and Corporate Gain Profits Award. Tom then served as Director of Physical Plant at SUNY Cobleskill where he met his wife, Wendy. In 2002, Tom and Wendy moved their family to Altamont, NY after Tom accepted a position as Operations Manager at University at Albany Bioscience Development Corp in Rensselaer, NY, where he finished a long and successful work career until retirement in 2018.
Outside of his professional life, Tom was a man of faith; a provider, devoted to his wife and children. Together they attended the Princetown Evangelical Presbyterian Church, in Princetown, NY. Tom especially enjoyed summer days & family gatherings at the family camp in Schroon Lake and trips to the Boston area. When at home, he could be found doing home improvements & repairs. He prided himself on a well-manicured lawn & landscape, much to the delight of neighbors and passersby. He enjoyed a lifetime love of music, golfing, and skiing with friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. Tom was a highly respected and well-loved man both personally and professionally. He leaves behind a legacy of laughter, love, stories, and cherished memories.
Tom is survived by his wife, Wendy J. Robinson (Bemis), daughter Erin L. Robinson and son Zachary A. Savage. He is also survived by his brother James Robinson, sister-in-law Trish Robinson (Bellew) of Byfield, MA, brother John (Scott) Robinson, brother-in-law Eric Nastasi of Arlington, VA, and nieces & nephews: Ian Robinson, Megan Parsons, Jill Brien, Emerson, Morgan, Benjamin, and Joshua Bemis. Aside from his parents, Tom was predeceased by his beloved sister, Sue Ellen Robinson (Creeden) of Tampa, FL.
A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Delmar, 428 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, NY, on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 11 am. Private interment will be held at a later date at the Graceland Cemetery, Delmar, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Attn: Donor Services, 225 N Michigan Ave, 17th Fl, Chicago, IL 60601 in memory of Tom.