Norman "Leighton" Robertson, a lifelong resident of Lynchburg, Virginia, died at 83 years of age, on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 20, 2021, while traveling with his family at the Outer Banks. He died, as he lived, peacefully and on his own terms, with dignity and grace, surrounded by people he loved.
Leighton was born on May 13, 1938, in Lynchburg, the son of Robert Glover Robertson Jr. and Margaret Yentzer Robertson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Peg; brother, Bob; and sister-in-law, Callie.
A graduate of Lynchburg City Schools, Christchurch School, and (eventually) Lynchburg College, Leighton had a love for fishing, hiking, landscaping, cooking and cards, but most of all for family and his many, many friends. He was known for his cheese biscuits, handmade walking sticks, love of dogs, kindness and generosity. Other lifelong interests included volleyball (aka bingo), peanut butter and butter hotdogs, puzzles, collecting coins, wild plants, and a memorable series of pets including crows, snakes, and other creatures. He lived in the moment and fully. Beyond his hometown, two of his favorite places to visit regularly and always with family and friends, were the beaches at the Outer Banks of North Carolina and the rivers and mountains near Crested Butte, Colorado. After a varied early career, including co-owner and short-order cook at the Cavalier Store, he settled into the role of realtor and for over 50 years took pride in helping families find homes and a sense of community in Lynchburg. In recent years, he volunteered at Park View Community Mission and cared for his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Kitty; sons, Brad and David; daughters-in-law, Kim and Kristen; grandchildren, Leighton, Taylor, and Kathryn; and his many, many friends.
A memorial service celebrating Leighton's life will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church.
The family expresses their gratitude for the caregivers at Centra, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, and Westminster Canterbury.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Park View Community Mission or St. John's Episcopal Church.
Published by The News & Advance on Jul. 23, 2021.