Making Good Men Better

Thomas Frederick Robinson

Monday, 8 December, 2014

Thomas. Frederick Robinson was born on 6thMarch 1915 in Nottingham to Frederick George Robinson and his wife Elizabeth. They moved to Coventry in the early 1920's where his father started a Building Contracting business. A pupil of Folly Lane Junior School and then Bablake School, Coundon Road.

Joined the Scout Movement, first as a Scout then as a Rover Scout at the 3rd Coventry Scout Troop. As a Rover Scout attended a Rover Moot at Ingaroo in Sweden where Lord Baden Powell in reviewing the assembled Scouts reigned in his horse and complimented him on the artistic paintings on his tent.

After leaving school Thomas started work with the family building business as an apprentice carpenter joiner. He progressed through the firm becoming then in 1958 the Company Chairman, a position he retained till his retirement in 1980.

In 1941 he enlisted with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and learned seamanship and navigation. He was then given command as First Lieutenant on one of the landing craft that were heading into the Mediterranean to form part of the flotilla that took the 8th Army off the North African coast to land them on the southern coast of Italy. He saw action at Salerno and Anzio and was twice mentioned in dispatches. In November 1945 he was given command of the H.M.Y. Alice at Troon in Scotland and released from the service on the 25th January 1946.

It was while on leave in October 1942 that he was initiated into Charter House Lodge. Unfortunately W.Bro. Frederick G. Robinson did not live to see the end of his son’s year of office.

In 1939 he married his childhood sweetheart Iris Hyde and they had a son John born 1943 (who we all know from his regular visits to Charterhouse) and a daughter Helena born 1947. They moved the family from Coventry to Hampton-in-Arden in 1964. Then in 1984 they both moved to a bungalow in Ledbury, celebrating their Diamond Wedding in 1999. Tom became a widower in 2003.

Always keen on outdoor activities Tom first built himself a Heron dinghy in 1950 followed by a Graduate dinghy and was one of the founder members of Tamworth Sailing Club at the gravel pits at Kingsbury, now the Kingsbury Water Park. Many Years later he bought an Osprey which he took to National Sailing competitions. Finally he bought a Flying Fifteen, which he sailed at Draycote Reservoir then at the lake at Llangorse, when he moved to Ledbury.

Tom and Iris enjoyed Caravanning attending many Warwickshire Caravan rallies and then rallies with the Avondale Club and the Fairford Club after the move to Ledbury. It was their caravan friends that persuaded them to move to Ledbury.

Tom was always artistic as was evident from the decoration of his tent as a Rover Scout and developed an interest in photography with many pictures to fill an album of his exploits in the Navy and then capture the growing family on 8mm Cine film. In later years he took up watercolour painting and turned out some wonderful landscape paintings around the River Wye and quite a few with a boat in view.

W Bro Tom Robinson was called to the Grand Lodge above on 21 November 2014, he had suffered a serious stroke earlier in the week from which he did not recover. He was 99yrs and 9 months old.

He left a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and a great granddaughter. His funeral service was held at St Mary and Bartholomew's Church in Hampton-in-Arden at 11 am on Monday December 8, 2014. He was to be interred with his wife at Ledbury later in the day.

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