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1923 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Of the Masonic Village in Sewickley, passed away after an extended illness on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson Robertson and Urda Schraeder Robertson; and his son, Nelson Ames Robertson; and is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanette Pease Robertson; and his late son's fiancée, Linda Cocuzzi Richter of Niles, OH; as well as Jennifer (Michael) Jenoff IV of Youngstown, and Kristen Richter, also of Niles, whom he loved as grandchildren; other family members include his sister and her husband, Carol and Harold Nicholas of Knoxville, TN, his late sister, Louise Robertson Hatt of Michigan, and a brother, the late James Christian, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Tom was born in 1923 and grew up in Michigan, graduated from Eastern High School in Detroit in 1941, and then enlisted in the 31st Special Construction Battalion of the Navy Seabees, where he served during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he married Jeanette, completed his degree in engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy, graduating in 1949, and raised his family in and around the Detroit area. His career took him to American Standard in Detroit, and he later transferred to their plant in Swissvale along with several other Michigan friends, including Alva Stein, Walter Ruffer, and George Hollander. In 1971, along with Walter Kosar, they founded Detroit Switch, Inc. on Pittsburgh's Northside, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. He also reached the Top Achiever Section of the American Society for Quality Control. Throughout his life, Tom remained active in sports. He earned a medal for first-class marksmanship from the National Rifle Association, played on a community baseball team, and golfed enthusiastically. He was also recognized in earlier years for his service with the local Episcopal confraternity. Later in life, after his move to the Masonic Village in 2006, he became a member of the Doric Lodge No. 630, Free and Accepted Masons, and the William Slater II Master Mason's Club based in Sewickley. Tom was beloved by his friends and neighbors and known for his fondness for animals. Brandt Funeral Home carried out his final arrangements, which he requested remain private, and the family suggests that anyone who wishes to remember Tom will make a donation to Animal Friends or, as Tom specified, to the charity of his choice. Arrangement by H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-364-4444.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 14 to Aug. 15, 2014
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