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Thomas Robinett

Thomas Richard Robinett

Tuesday, March 23rd, 1948 - Saturday, April 11th, 2020
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Thomas R. Robinett, 72, of Winchester, died Saturday, April 11, 2020.
Tom, as his friends and family knew him, was born March 23, 1948 in Norfolk, VA; the son of the late Herman A. and Jane Wingfield Robinett. He proudly served as a major in the US Army. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Washington and Lee University. In addition to his own private law practice, the majority of his law career was spent in public service for several municipalities throughout his beloved state of Virginia.
He married Carolyn E. Carlson on July 2, 2001 in Winchester. Tom was happiest when he was on his sailboat, soaring in the sky in his airplane, driving an antique car, cooking an exquisite meal, or enjoying a glass of wine.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his children, Matthew Robinett (Anne) of Richmond, VA and Graham Robinett (Kathryn) of Severna Park, MD; a step daughter, Elizabeth Carlson of New Zealand; six grandchildren, Craig Robinett, Pierson Robinett, Graham Robinett, Emmeline Robinett, Silas Robinett, and Honora Robinett; a niece, Sarah Grant, and his beloved big white dog Angus. He was preceded in death by his brother, Herman “Robbie” Robinett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “The Boys Home of Virginia” at https://boyshomeofva.org/ .
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Jason, Aaron, Marsha & Bruce West

Posted at 10:30am
Dear Matt, Graham and all family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Please know that all of you are in our hearts and prayers. The love of a father can never be replaced, and it can never be lost. We know your dad had to be so proud of both of you, and know he is looking down on you from Heaven. May you see your father’s wisdom in all that you do, and recognize his kindness in your own heart. May you always feel him with you. May he have rest and peace in Heaven’s hands, until you meet again.

Love,
Jason, Aaron, Marsha & Bruce West
RI

Robert L. Jones III

Posted at 10:39pm
I first met Tom at W & L, where he was a year behind me in law school. At the time, I was impressed with his intelligence, affability and general good humor. We renewed our acquaintance when he became Winchester' City Attorney, and I was again struck by his personality and charm. I came to learn that he was also a very, very, very good trial lawyer. I was sorry to learn of his passing. I know that he deeply loved you, Caroline, and that he loved and was very proud of all of his children. He was a quintessential Southern gentleman.
Robert L. Jones III
HJ

Harry F. Bosen, jr.

Posted at 02:27pm
So sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was a really good guy.

Harry F Bosen Jr L75
BB

Beth Barry

Posted at 09:10am
Dear Carolyn and family,
I was saddened to read of Tom's death. I am thinking of you all and hope that in time you will smile to yourselves when memories come to mind. I was fortunate to have worked with Tom while he represented Gloucester DSS as County Attorney. We shared many good times, bad times and funny, sarcastic times best of all lots of laughing times! Carolyn, you filled his heart with love. Having been present when you met, I saw the twinkle (or twitch) in his eye on that day!
Tom was a good teacher when I needed to learn hard lessons in my early DSS leadership positions as you were also Carolyn.
Be well, be safe and know my heartfelt thoughts are with all of you.
Beth Barry

Laura Jean López

Posted at 10:19am
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man. I first met Tom while I worked with his wife at the Winchester DSS. Later I was lucky enough to work with him in his law office. He was a delight to share office space with. Forever cheerful and generous, gregarious and full of life. I still say, "Does a bear have hair in its nose?", which I picked up from him.

My heart is broken. I will hold the memories I have of him so close.

Laura Lopez (née Elwood)
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