Robert C. Larkin
Pumphrey's Bethesda-Chevy Chase Funeral Home
7557 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD

LARKIN ROBERT CHARLES LARKIN Robert Charles Larkin, age 51, of Silver Spring, MD, known as "Bob" to his friends and colleagues, and "Bobby" to his parents and siblings, passed away unexpectedly and tragically on Monday, July 27, 2009. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 2, 1958, he was the son of Robert Larkin and Dolores Larkin and grew up in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, graduating from Gateway High School in 1976 when he received a full four-year football scholarship to the University of Maryland. Graduating from UMD in 1981, he made Maryland his home until his untimely death. In his professional life, Bob defined the term "entrepreneur" with a fruitful career in land acquisition and real estate development in the greater Washington region affiliated with national development firms as well as forming his own company. In his personal life he had a passion for traveling and sports, was an avid Steelers fan and Terps supporter, a Texas Hold-Em devotee and a cigar aficionado. A born leader, he was a respected and well-liked member of the Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) where he threw himself into leadership roles with great gusto, equally comfortable playing Superman in membership contests as applying his accounting skills to the serious role of Treasurer, and regularly brought his quick wit and repartee to the Association Board meetings. He will be truly missed by all. Bobby is adored and survived by his only son, Ian and his beloved wife, Raquel. In addition to his surviving parents, Robert and Dolores Larkin, are his sister Linda Benyo and her husband Chris of Greenville,SC; his sister Kathy Henderson of Murrysville, PA; his sister Debbie Larkin of NY, NY; his brother David Larkin and his wife Karen of Greensburg, PA; his brother Greg Larkin and his wife Adrienne of Cranberry, PA and his sister Tracy Lippert and her husband Rob of Columbia, SC. He is also survived by twelve nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at PUMPHREY''''S BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE FUNERAL HOME, 7557 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD on Thursday, July 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, July 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Pumphrey''s Bethesda-Chevy Chase Funeral Home on Saturday, August 1 at 1p.m. Please view and sign the family guest book at Please view and sign the family guest book at

Published by The Washington Post from Jul. 30 to Jul. 31, 2009.
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I very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I was a fraternity brother of his at the University of Maryland. Bob was a gentle giant, with a terrific sense of humor. I'm sure he kept those qualities over the years, and undoubtedly was a terrific husband and father. Though I hadn't heard from Bob in years, I will always remember our college days with great fondness. He will be missed. Bruce Jurist - Univ. of MD, Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Bruce Jurist
March 22, 2010
To the Larkin Family.

I'm very sadden to hear about Bob.
My memories have and always will be something I think about daily. Especially riding to school in the Pinto. Bob was someone who would bring out your competitive best, always knowing which button to press.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Robert Candee
September 23, 2009
I thought the newpaper write up was so true. Bob was my "big" brother and friend and there will always be a place in my heart for him.

To Raquel, Ian and the Larkin family . . . Bob made such a positive impact on everyone he met! I hope all the love and memories will sustain you through the tough times. May God bless you all and provide you with healing support.
Karen Santini Twedell
September 9, 2009
Mr. and Mrs. Larkin and family - I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing - I remember watching him play against Pitt, and the many evenings spent watching you guys playing bridge with my folks - Your whole family was a joy to be around ... Please know that you are in our prayers .... Missy (Weaver) Maan de Kok ([email protected])
Missy Maan de Kok
August 19, 2009
Greg and Tracy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Although I didn't know him, it seems he was just like the two of you outgoing, athletic and had an amazing personality that you just always wanted to be around. You two and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Karen (Boyle) Czesnakowski
August 12, 2009
My deepest sympathies to Tracy & the entire Larkin Family for the loss of your Brother & Son. You all are in my prayers.

Amy (Link) Marmo
August 8, 2009
Ian and Raquel, we are deeply saddened by your loss. Bob was a terrific person, I always enjoyed discussing soccer with him after games and practices. Raquel and Ian, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this trying time. Steve Richard and family.
Steve Richard
August 8, 2009
We were saddend to hear of the passing of this member of our Gateway alumni community. On behalf of the Gateway alumni online community, I send our condolences.
Shane &
August 6, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Larkin family during your loss. I had the pleasure of playing both football and basketball with Bobby at Gateway. His intensity and desire to be the best he could be influenced us all. May God bless you all during this most difficult time.
Wayne Emerick
August 4, 2009
To the Larkin family, please accept my deepest sympathy and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I knew Bob in my senior year at GHS. I sat in front of him in Mr. Drumm's 3rd period calculus class. He was a kind person, witty and a joy to be around.
Kimberlee Borden
August 3, 2009
Thinking of you in your time of loss.
Esperanza Violeta
August 2, 2009
To the Larkin family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I saw Bob at our Gateway class of 76 reunion last year. It was great seeing him. His wit and personality will be missed. He always had a smile on his face. Mick
July 31, 2009
It is with profound sadness that we read of Larkin's passing. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Raquel and Ian, the jewels in Larkin's full, but all too brief, life.

His uniqueness will be missed by those whose life he touched.
Bernard and Veda Engel
July 30, 2009
Greg, Adrianne, Sabrina & the entire Larkin Family,
It is with heavy hearts that we express our deepest condolences in the loss of your beloved brother. We love ya.
Your Friends Always,
John & Becky Boyce
July 30, 2009
My deepest sympathy to the Shark's family. That is the name I knew Bobby by.I have so many great Golfing and track memories of him. He was a big guy with a big heart. He will be missed.
Buddy Koolhof
July 30, 2009
I had the privilege of knowing Bob fairly recently through my work with MNCBIA but in that brief time I was always pleased at how pleasant it was to talk with and get to know him. I provide my deepest sympathies.
Andrew Der
July 30, 2009
My deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to Mr. and Mrs. Larkin and all of Bobby's Sisters and Brothers, his Wife and Son. We were friends so long ago at Gateway, but it seems just like yesterday. His wit and humor, his athletic ability and his enthusiastic personality made Bobby so fun to be around. All of those evenings at the Larkin home where Bob would hold court, teasing and assigning unique nicknames to each and everyone there. A great guy that surely will be missed.
Jim Recht
July 30, 2009
i m so sorry for your loss. i remember bob from way back in school at oblock jr high.he always had a smile and a joke for you back then.jim conklin
james conklin
July 30, 2009
With my sincere sympathy for your tragic loss

Alan Pollin
Alan Pollin
July 30, 2009
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