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Thomas Paul Robinson

10/2/1972 - 10/2/2015 Thomas "Tom" Paul Robinson or sometimes fondly referred to as "Jim Morrison", was greeted on his birthday with open arms by his mother, Jane, with the Lord by their sides on October 2nd 2015. For two years, Tom fought so courageously and gallantly against the cancer that took him from us but never did he lose hope or give up the fight. His strength, determination and tenacity were simply awe-inspiring. On his final day and in true Tommy fashion, he selflessly fought throughout the day and into the late evening so loved ones had the opportunity to be by his side to give their love, thanks and to say goodbye. At approximately 3:42 am on October 2nd, 2015, he graciously left this world to begin his new journey in the next. Thankfully for all of us, Tom's beautiful heart and soul was brought into this world on October 2nd, 1972 at Springfield Hospital in Vermont. Received by his loving parents, Jane Tuttle Robinson and Thomas A. Robinson, Tom grew into the caring, compassionate, generous and loyal soul that we have all known to love, cherish and respect. Throughout his life, Tom always seemed to quietly impress. At the age of 16, he earned the distinct honor of Eagle Scout in Springfield's Troop 252. Not many scouts go on to earn Eagle Scout, let alone shortly after turning 16, but Tom's hard work, dedication & passion saw him accomplish the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. This early accomplishment was a true testament of who Tom was and a sign of the man he'd grow up to be. Tom went on to graduate from Springfield High School in 1992 and a year or so afterward, destiny brought him to the Cemetery Division while working for the town of Springfield. It seemed to be such a natural and comfortable fit as he had a gift. Once that gift was realized, Tom opened the Eternal Flame Crematorium in 1997, the first family-direct cremation service in Vermont and his real work on this earth began. Touching thousands of lives in their greatest time of need, he not only offered an affordable afterlife option, he also did so in such an unpretentious, caring, respectful and personalized way. He also became a true champion to many as he bristled against the idea of potentially high cost and financially compromising offerings from traditional funeral homes. His noble and successful defense against the establishment made the national news and his story and picture graced the USA Today. As passionate as Tom was about his work and the families he cared for, he was equally impassioned in his personal life. Tom absolutely loved to cook and there was nothing more he enjoyed than to be surrounded by family and friends at the dinner table, reveling in good conversation over Prime Rib dinners, grilled steaks, lobsters and steamers and a good ole apple crisp. Tom also loved his sports and was an avid Yankees, Lakers and Cowboys fan. That of course was never held against him by his Sox, Celtics and Patriots loving brethren as it was always sure to inspire colorful and hilarious knee slapping conversations. And good gravy was Tom funny. His "Tommyisms" and ability to make us laugh had us wishing we had some tissues, an extra pair of under britches and a TMJ specialist on hand as there was a good chance you'd have drink flying from your nose, tears streaming down your face, pee in your pants and an achy jaw from laughing so hard and so much at his beautifully raw, honest, and intelligent sense of humor. Tom also enjoyed spending time in his greenhouse bringing all sorts of wonderful flowers and vegetables to life and delighted in his annual pilgrimage to Beaver Pond to fish for brookies with his pop, Big Tom, on the perfectly and aptly named Mad Tom Mountain in Landgrove. Jamaica & Mexico also shared a special place in his heart as they were his favorite vacation spots. But Tom's true passion and ultimate love was for his beautiful daughter, Ella, who just like her father, is such a shining star of hope, happiness, kindness and strength. Tom will continue to love and look over Ella as he is now her guardian angel and we will continue to love Tom for he was such a magical friend, amazing father and wonderful son. While he may no longer be with us in body, his spirit and memory will live in our hearts and minds forever as he was truly a gift from Heaven. Tom was predeceased by his mother, Jane Tuttle Robinson and is survived by his daughter, Ella Jane Robinson and his father, Thomas A. Robinson as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. SERVICES: Upon the request of the family, there will be a celebration of life for Tom in the late spring/early summer of 2016. It was Tom's desire not to mourn in the traditional sense but to celebrate the beauty of life; love and friendship during a party of good food and cheerful conversation with everyone's smiling faces bathed in the warm sunshine of the season. Memorial Contributions: Please join us or contribute to Team Tom & Jane Robinson at in Windsor County, Vermont.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 31, 2015
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