Robert E Todd
WESTON Robert E Todd, formerly of Weston, gently passed away at his home in Bellingham, Wash., on June 4, 2013, at the age of 84. With him at the time of his passing were his wife Karin and his daughter, Deborah.Born in Ketchikan, he moved to Seattle at an early age. As long as he could remember, he always wanted to be an artist, as evidenced by his second grade teacher writing a note to his mother, saying that Robert would do much better in class if he "didn't spend all his time drawing."
After graduating from high school, Robert chose art school instead of college. He also joined the Marine Corps Reserve and within a year was called to active duty and served from 1950 to 1952.
Robert returned to Seattle to work as a freelance illustrator. That was the beginning of an advertising career that spanned over 30 years working with several advertising agencies before joining McCann-Erickson where he served as Vice President and Creative Director of their Seattle office.
From 1973 to 1986, Robert operated an art studio and gallery in Gold Bar, Wash., with a primary focus on pottery and ceramic arts. During this period, he built his own log home and became a runner, competing in numerous events, including the Seattle and New York Marathons.
In 1986, Robert and his wife Karin, moved to Weston and opened Todd Gallery. There, for over 20 years, he painted scenes of rural Vermont and the Irish countryside. He was happiest when painting, though rarely satisfied with his completed works. Robert had a critical eye and always felt that with a little more work, he could do better. He served as a mentor to aspiring artists and was always encouraging others to not compromise and live a life according to what makes you happy.
Not that long ago, Robert wrote, "I spent most of my young years dreaming my days away and doing drawings of everything that came into my mind. It never really occurred to me, and I am not really sure it has yet, that life should be real and life should be earnest."
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Karin Todd; his daughters, Patricia and Deborah; his son-in-law, Harvey, and his two grandsons, Nathan and Jamus.
Bob's numerous works of art serve as his legacy. They are a constant reminder of his creative talent, his eye for beauty and his warm sense of humanity.
Donations in his memory may be made to Whatcom In-Home Hospice at hospicehelp.org or the Rutland County Humane Society.
Published in The Manchester Journal from July 5 to July 26, 2013