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In Memory of

Coll Elmer Robertson

February 8, 1928 - May 11, 2017

Obituary


Lcdr. (Ret.) Coll Elmer "Robbie" Robertson (89) passed peacefully with his family by his side early on Thursday, May 11, 2017. He was born in Dexter, MI in 1928. He is survived by the love of his life and devoted, loyal wife Joanne Moran Robertson, four dedicated children; Joan "Jody" Chipoletti (Neal), Dawn Fenske (Terry), Coll Scott (Kelly)and Colin Shaun Robertson along with six grandchildren; Derek Chipoletti (Chrystal), Kelsey Ivey (Rodney), Taryn Fenske, Coll Robertson, Ali Robertson & Trey Fenske; and three great-grandchildren; Austin Chipoletti (Cheyenne) from Wyoming, Hunter Chipoletti from New Jersey, and Harper...

Lcdr. (Ret.) Coll Elmer "Robbie" Robertson (89) passed peacefully with his family by his side early on Thursday, May 11, 2017. He was born in Dexter, MI in 1928. He is survived by the love of his life and devoted, loyal wife Joanne Moran Robertson, four dedicated children; Joan "Jody" Chipoletti (Neal), Dawn Fenske (Terry), Coll Scott (Kelly)and Colin Shaun Robertson along with six grandchildren; Derek Chipoletti (Chrystal), Kelsey Ivey (Rodney), Taryn Fenske, Coll Robertson, Ali Robertson & Trey Fenske; and three great-grandchildren; Austin Chipoletti (Cheyenne) from Wyoming, Hunter Chipoletti from New Jersey, and Harper Chipoletti of Fleming Island. His surviving extended family includes his sister Jewell Stibor (Fred) and family from Michigan, and a devoted group of Canadian cousins. He is preceded in death by his eldest daughter Robin C. Robertson-McLendon, his brother John "Jack" Robertson, and mother Bertha B. Robertson as well as his father Coll A. Robertson and many other close family friends.

His early years were spent in Ypsilanti, MI where he attended Michigan State Normal College, currently Eastern Michigan University, and completed his undergraduate work at Florida State University. Robbie spent twenty-two years serving as a Line Officer and aviator in the United States Navy retiring in Jacksonville, FL. He also obtained his Master's Degree from Florida State University and taught in the Duval County Schools as an Industrial Arts teacher at Raines, White House Elem., Eugene Butler, & retired from Stillwell Jr. High.

Robbie touched many lives as a teacher and coach while also giving generously of his time volunteering for the Retired Affairs Office at N.A.S. Jacksonville as well as commuting to and from St. Augustine while volunteering at the World Golf Hall of Fame. He was a devoted dad, husband and dedicated friend. He will always be remembered as a smart, strong, caring father and a loyal husband whose greatest passion was helping others and making those around him feel like they had minimal cares in the world. He was one who never met a stranger and was an all-around man's man. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

Family will welcome guests on Fri., May 19th, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Hardage-Giddens, 5753 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244. Services will be held on Sat., May 20th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 5752 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244, with Fr. James Kaniparampil CMI, Pastor officiating. Graveside services will follow at Jacksonville Memory Gardens in Orange Park, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Coll "Robbie" Robertson to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens, 729 Edgewood Ave. S., Jacksonville FL 32205, www.dignitymemorial.com.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church: http://www.sacredheartjax.com/