“Sandy” Millard Robinson

February 12, 2019
“Sandy” Millard Robinson

Sandy (Millard Robinson) 71, passed Tuesday February 12th 2019 after a year long battle with mesothelioma. Born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Sandy graduated from Springfield High School, where he was a star athlete in football, baseball, and swimming. He went on to become a civil engineer, graduating from Lehigh University where he earned his B.S., and M.S. degrees. He was also a 50 year member of Beta Theta Pi, where he formed life long relationships with his fraternity brothers.

 

After college, he started his professional career with Gilbert and Associates in Reading, Pennsylvania, and after four years, was transferred to Chesapeake, VA. Five years later, he was recruited by Malcom Pirnie, managing projects in their Newport News office, eventually becoming manager of offices in the Southeast, and becoming a board director of the firm.  After 33 years, he retired as Vice President from Malcolm Pirnie, which had then become the Water Division of ARCADIS.

 

During his 42 year career, he specialized in the planning, analysis, design, and construction of municipal drinking water, wastewater facilities and buried infrastructure. As principal engineer in-charge, he directed or was part of many award-winning projects in the Hampton Roads Virginia area as well as the Carolinas, Florida and New York.

 

Sandy was a trusted advisor to numerous municipal clients and was very active in professional organizations throughout his career, not only was he a board certified Diplomate, but also served as the director of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). In recognition of his distinguished service to the water industry, Sandy was awarded the prestigious George Warren Fuller Award by AWWA.

 

Sandy’s loves were many, but football, (a faithful Eagles fan), golf, and playing cards were on his favorites list. He found joy in being with friends and family, Motown music (in particular You’re My Everything), dancing, setting up games and hosting parties.  He relished in throwing surprise birthday parties for his wife, each decade, (and she never caught on!) He adored his family, both on his side, and his wife’s and his generosity to all was well known. His presence throughout Williamsburg was well known as he served as President of the Williamsburg German Club, was a board member for Towne Bank, and was instrumental in team play for the KGLA. But he is most known for the love he and his wife Minouche shared for 47 years, and the pride he had for their son Brad, and his two beautiful grandsons.

 

Sandy is survived by his best friend, soul mate and wife of 47 years Minouche (Mireille) Robinson, their son Brad Robinson of Los Angeles, CA, grandsons Easton and Jagger Robinson, his beloved older sister, Joanne Kennedy of Media, PA, 5 nephews, 1 niece, and numerous great nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents Millard (Coach Robby) and Louise Robinson.

 

Sandy Robinson touched so many lives directly with his smile, kind demeanor, and genuine caring nature. In his professional career he became a mentor to many.  After seeking his guidance you knew you mattered, always encouraging. He will be greatly missed by all he touched.

 

A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held at Wareham’s Pond Rec Center, Kings Mill on the James, on March 16th at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Pacific Mesothelioma Center. 10780 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90025 or www.phlbi.org

A room block has been made at the Courtyard Marriott under “Sandy Robinson Memorial”. If desiring to stay at Kingsmill Resort, please let Minouche know and she will book the room directly for you to secure a discounted rate. Larger groups may want to look into a VRBO. We recommend Powhatan Plantation.


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  • February 21, 2019
    Phyllis Stevens says:
    Met Sandy through Bruce M. He was such a gentleman and not surprised of all his achievements. Prayers to his family.

  • April 04, 2019
    Sam Jeyanayagam says:
    It is with sadness that I learned of Sandy’s passing. Sandy was instrumental in hiring me 21 years ago. I found him to be a decent and genuine person - what you saw was what you got. He was passionate about everything he did - whether it be work, driving, or building relationships. He had a big heart and a warm engaging smile. Hard to believe he is no more. He is in a better place though, we will all miss him. May his soul Rest In Peace. Our sympathies to Minouche and family.

  • April 04, 2019
    Sam Jeyanayagam says:
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  • March 19, 2019
    ~ Steve says:
    Heart felt condolences to Minouche, Brad and extended family. We lost a 'lion' of a man. Both fierce and yet beautiful even, in life, love and loyalty. Yeats may have said it best.... "Pray I would sing, and sing I must, yet I weep". I owe you so much my mentor and friend. Godspeed.

  • March 11, 2019
    Tex Enoch says:
    Sandy and I became friends - I'm guessing - in 1971 or 72. My dad, who I worked for, met him at a golfing event and came back astounded how far that "little" guy could hit a golf ball. A short time later, I met Sandy and, over a number of drinks and played against him in a marathon air hockey match. All who know Sandy knows how competitive he is and he could not understand why he could not put away this tall lanky guy who obviously had too much to drink. Sandy's mentor at Gilbert and associates was Roswell McMullen - a great friend of my father's. He and Roswell (along with Minouche) moved to the Tidewater area and were entrusted with the building of a huge water treatment plant for the City of Chesapeake. I worked for the paint manufacturing company that supplied the paint for this project and for the next three years, I would visit Sandy and Min as I made at least monthly inspections of the project. It was through them that I met some of the closest business friends I have ever made. I will miss him more than I can ever say. He was a kind, gracious and giving friend and we shared great memories. My love goes out to Minouche and their son, Brad, and his children. May he rest in the palm of god's hand until we can tee it up again in the hereafter.