- 22 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 30, 1990
- Place of birth:
Orlando, Florida, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 2, 2013
- Place of passing:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Gone too soon Robby; you will be alive in our hearts forever! We love you and miss you. When leaving, he would often say "Peace".|
Listen to Robby's voice:
After clicking below link, click arrow > to play
Robby did a 90 second audio rap tribute that he wrote the lyrics for.
It can also be played by clicking Gallery tab above, then audio tab, The music is from a rap song that he liked by artist Haystak ("My First Day" on album Portrait of a White Boy) His prophetic lyrics about a rehab friend William that later overdosed in 2010 and also describes some of his own personal struggle.
Photos and Videos of Robby, friends and family:
Click on Gallery tab, then either photos or videos Then click on the actual photo to see the entire full size photo not just the cropped thumbnail version.
There are a few very short videos of young Robby
You can now add gallery photos, songs and videos directly from your phone or tablet. You can download a photo you like to keep or share on facebook etc. by double clicking on photo to see full size then right click for options.
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Robby Andrew, who was born on December 30,1990 and died on June 2, 2013. We will never forget Robby. We will love and miss him forever.
The Services were held on June 8th, 2013 at:
First United Methodist Church of Winter Park
125 N. Interlachen Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Thank you all for blessing us with your prayers, love, and kindness as we grieve over the sudden loss of our precious son, Robby. Please post any stories or memories you have of Robby. If Robby's life or death influenced your life, your story would be a great comfort to us and others that loved him. Thanks for calling, writing or visiting us.
George, Theresa, & Sarah
"Robbie, I was thinking of you on December 30th. Happy Birthday. We miss you and I still remember seeing you on the day you were you were born and your Mom and Dad so happy and your dad making the comment that you made the best financial decision by coming into the world at the end of the year instead of waiting until January. Your family I know misses you so much and so do we. As I watch my son grow up I can't imagine life without him. I pray for your family constantly as I know losing you has forever changed their life. We love and miss you."
I was thinking of you a couple of times this past week. I was able to get your Dad to do a couple of spin classes with me which can be quite painful when you haven't done them in a couple of years.
I thought of you almost every class when I used to spin several years back which I quit about the time you went north to rehab. Needless to say I was thinking of you again since your Dad was with me in these classes recently. I used to think my struggle was nothing compared to yours and somehow hoped if I worked harder in my workout, you would get stronger.
Now I just miss you and wish you had been with us at Emily's wedding to see her get married and Dance with us all. Yes, even your parents and sister were able to shake it up a little. I can see the look on your face now!
Miss you and will not stop thinking of you every time I spin !
Love, Uncle Steve"
"Remembering Robby's birthday and sending love"
"Robby, you would have turned 26 today. Your whole family misses you dearly, especially when we gather together for the special milestone events of our lives. You have missed living through so many changes that have happened in the family this year. After living at home for almost two years, Sarah is once again Brooklyn bound. Grandma Mary turned 90 this year. Grandma Wiz and Sal once again enjoy spending weekends together and going on adventures. Aunt Sue and Uncle Jerry built a lake house—you would have loved to spend time fishing on the lake with Uncle Jerry and cooking what you both caught. Emily is married to Eric. Uncle Steve and Aunt Colleen love Eric like a son. Maureen is engaged to Seth. Eileen bravely moved out to Colorado at 18. Max is about to start college soon. Franny is driving. And Ceci has become so much like Aunt Jennifer, with her sharp, curious mind and her sweet, gentle spirit. Your father is excited about the new self-driving Tesla he is getting soon. I love working at the resale shop where I used to buy clothes for you.
Today, instead of celebrating your 26th birthday with you, Sarah will write an elegiac remembrance of you, making us all weep. Grandma Wiz will have a mass said for you and faithfully attend it with Sal. Dad will visit your tree today and reflect on the son he loved dearly. Your other family members and friends will remember you in their own ways. And I will cry until there are no tears left in the hours before work, so that I can be the welcoming shop girl whose loyal customers have no idea the pain that hides behind my smile. Colby, who was like a brother to you, will not be coming by today to bring a birthday cake in your memory, as he did after you died. He is in Viet Nam now, buried with generations of his family.
I miss you, Robby! I would give anything to have just one more day to be with you. How about today? We could celebrate your birthday together. Just. One. More. Day."
"There is a film over my eyes that projects you throughout the day, every day, unexpectedly. I find you in the strangest places. It is usually not an image, but a feeling. This feeling stills me as it arrives. It is familiar and foreign. I often forget it is you saying hello, waking me up, keeping my soul intact. It is three years today. There will never be a more harrowing pain."
"Remembering my first grandchild on the 3rd anniversary of his death -
I see his pictures every day on the moving photo frame given to me by George and Theresa. I'm so glad we had the family professionally photographed 3 years ago. Precious memories, bittersweet but so poignant. Rest in peace, dearest Robby."
"As I replay and listen to your voice on the rap song http://www.forevermissed.com/robby-george-andrew/#gallery%2Fsongs
that you wrote the words to about missing a friend that overdosed, your 2010 song ironically became much about your own story. You comfort my sorrow with your dear voice that is so missed as well as your remaining pictures and videos. As we all watch your memorial tree planted in Dartmouth Park grow, so does our focus on our fond memories we can begin to more freely share with one another as a reflection and tribute to you. I can locate a smile by piercing through the unwelcomed fog that sometimes clouded the old Robby we all knew so well."
"Robby, I still miss you every day. It’s been three years since you died, but the world is not as you left it. Sarah, your baby sister, is now older than you. You would have had fun teasing Sarah about her beating you once again in the sibling rivalry game. You would be amazed that her hair color is brown—just like mine used to be. Mine is much lighter now, mostly gray. I know you would encourage me with, ‘Gray is the new blonde, Mom.’ I remember you bought Grandma Wiz a T-shirt with that declaration for her 70th birthday when we went to Alaska together. My favorite picture of you is from that trip. You would not believe that your father is close to retirement. I remember when you nicknamed him ‘Mr. Work’ and drew that wonderful picture of him working in his office. You would think it ironic that your best friend from Lake Silver now works there. You would feel so honored that there is a beautiful oak tree in Dartmouth Park—where you and Sarah and all your friends used to play—dedicated to you. You would be amazed to know that medical marijuana is legal in most states. I am sure you would argue with everyone that if marijuana had only been legalized sooner, you would not have moved on to opiates. No doubt you would have a medical marijuana script on file at CVS. As I think of the hundreds of changes that have occurred in our lives since you left us, I must face the truth that change is constant and inevitable. The one thing that will never, ever change, Robby, is how much I love and miss you. You will always be my beautiful boy.
‘To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.’
— Thomas Campbell"
"TOO SOON you departed Robby. I miss you so much !! Love ya UJ"
"Thinking of you Robby"
"I thought of you early this morning, Robby and put on my purple bracelet as a way to feel connected to you and your precious family! Time changes, as does our loss, and our grief, but one thing never changes and that's how much we loved you and miss you!
Always your, Aunt Sue"
"Robby, with each birthday and holiday, we miss you so much!
You would have loved staying with us in the cabin on the
the river in North Carolina last month. I can imagine your
happiness in fishing there. You and your grandfather loved to
fish. You would have teased me unmercifully about my hitting a
deer. You had exceptional hand-eye coordination—you would
have easily avoided the collision. You would have loved the
Grove Park Inn, and you would have talked about wanting to be
a chef there. Most importantly, you would have been with
Sarah when she really needed you the most. She reminds us
that we are old and will die soon, but she will miss you for
a lifetime. And yet, every day without you is a lifetime to
those of us who truly loved you. During this Memorial Day
holiday, we will remember you as a soldier who bravely
fought in a six-year battle against addiction. We will never
forget how truly brave you were."
"Robby, we named you after my father to honor him and to give him hope. He was in a deep depression at the time you were born. He loved you, his precious namesake, beyond measure. I often wonder what different circumstances might have saved your life or saved my father's life. I have to remind myself--sometimes daily--how critically important genes are in determining destiny--that DNA trumps everything. Darwin's explanation from chapter one of The Origin of Species reminds me to stop searching for that magic environmental wand that could have saved you or saved my father: 'Seedlings from the same fruit, and the young of the same litter, sometimes differ considerably from each other, though both the young and the parents...have apparently been exposed to exactly the same conditions of life; and this shows how unimportant the direct effects of the conditions of life are in comparison with the laws of reproduction, and of growth, and of inheritance; for had the action of the conditions been direct, if any of the young had varied, all would probably have varied in the same manner.'"
"We are so very grateful to Tyler Bedle for contacting the City of Orlando and organizing a gofundme campaign to have an oak tree planted at Dartmouth Park in memory of Robby. We were truly honored to have so many of Robby's
friends gather to celebrate the planting of Robby's tree. Although Robby died before he had a chance to live a full life, his tree will live longer than all of us. Many thanks to Tyler and to all of Robby's loyal friends."
"Happy Birthday Robbie. You are truly missed by all who had the opportunity to know. I continually lift your parents and sister in my prayers because I know how much they miss you."
"Dearest Theresa and George,
25 years ago you gave me the gift of my first-born grandchild. I wear his memory band every day and I will cherish his memory in my heart forever."
"Praying for you all today. As you said in an earlier post, I'm sure as parents, family and friends we never get over the loss of a child. However the good news is that you all are leaning on the promises of God our Father and your Faith in Him will free you to live and serve. Pray often and with confidence and know you will hold Robby again. God promises. God Bless you all."
"Hi Trac and George,
I remember this awesome day 25 yrs ago when Robby was born and today I will be thinking about all the great Robster memories."
"Happy Birthday Robby. 25yrs ago today I proudly stood at the hospital window looking at my nephew. I stand today for you with pride and thanksgiving for each day we shared. Always UJ."
"Thinking of you Robbie. Remembering your kind, warm smile, and your genuine nature. You are so missed. Love always - emily"
"Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. When Robby initially overdosed after five months in rehab—and survived, I never imagined he would overdose again. I believed that Robby would overcome his addiction to opiates. I did not understand the power of addiction. Now that I do, now that I am the parent of a son who died of an opiate overdose, I try to warn everyone in my path that pain pills are synthetic heroin, that opiate addiction is often deadly, and that anyone can become an addict. No one is immune.
The reality of death—especially for parents who bury their children—is something that most people are not prepared to accept. As I learn to accept the reality of Robby’s death, I am better able to focus on the life he lived and the love I had for him. Although I have no true words that are comforting about death, I do think that death forces us to cherish and embrace life. Our time on earth with those we love is brief and precious. Tell your kids how much you love them. And tell everyone you know about Robby’s life, death, and the deadly nature of addiction."
"Vladimir Nabokov puts it best in “Pale Fire”:
I’ll turn down eternity unless
The melancholy and the tenderness
Of mortal life; the passion and the pain;
The claret taillight of that dwindling plane
Off Hesperus; your gesture of dismay
On running out of cigarettes; the way
You smile at dogs; the trail of silver slime
Snails leave on flagstones; this good ink, this rhyme,
This index card, this slender rubber band
Which always forms, when dropped, an ampersand,
Are found in Heaven by the newly dead …"
"It doesn't seem possible that it's been two years since Robby died or even possible that he is not still a little boy. We'll always miss his quiet, sweet, funny soul and we'll do our best to keep his spirit alive forever."
"How fleeting is life, so precious and gone too soon. I am sad, as I near the end of my life, that my first-born grandchild never had the chance to experience all of the joys that life can bring. How proud he would have been to see his beautiful little sister as she graduated from college two weeks ago. All the firsts he will miss: marriage, the birth of a child, that child's first step. We who mourn him grieve his loss and cherish his memory. R.I.P. dearest Robby."
"Two years ago I learned the dreadful news that my only and precious son, Robby, would never again be able to have a conversation, spend some time, or share what’s on his mind with me or anyone else.
In my pain and wrenching sorrow, I have tried to think on the good times we spent together and have shared a memory or two with those of you who also loved him dearly and knew him as a loyal friend or caring family member. The hole in my heart now ever present, I am told will slowly heal with time.
His quiet smile and gentle approach is now noticeably absent at family gatherings, special occasions, and even in my day to day routines. On a recent occasion, I think he might have said, “Way to go, Sarah” on her recent NYU graduation.
I appreciate your calls, emails, visits and thoughts posted on his memorial site. I thank all of you who shared some of your love and time with my Robby.
*To hear Robby's voice again, click the Gallery tab button at top-then click audio, then click on > . A 90 second Rap tribute he wrote and performed about a friend that overdosed in 2010. Also there are a few short videos of him."
"“Words of Discomfort”
(a poem by Robby's mom, Theresa)
I’m sorry for your loss
I really feel your pain
Your faith is being tested but
you’ll see your son again.
It is not ours to reason and
we dare not ask God why
He did not spare his only Son
who also had to die.
God needed another angel
It’s part of a bigger plan
It’s not your place to question God
Some day you’ll understand.
God really healed your dear one
If you could only see
God stopped his life on earth so he
could live eternally.
You wouldn’t want him back, would you?
He dwells in perfect peace
Just trust in God and read His Word
Your troubles soon will cease.
What do you mean you wonder if
you’ll see your son again?
If this is all there is—well what’s
the point of living then?
This life itself is just too short
to be the only one
You must believe there is more time
to see your precious son.
I’ve got to go because our son’s
in town to visit us
I’ll keep you in my prayers and
I am sorry for your loss."
"Remembering our nephew "Robby, Robster, Rob"..........
Dear George, Theresa and Sarah
Nothing takes away the LOVE we share for Robby for he too gave us LOVE. We still miss him greatly and hold close so many wonderful memories of his laughter, mischevious fun going humor and his special visit with us. Most of all we LOVE you and though we still grieve we celebrate the BLESSINGS of Robby's life. In Faith Hope and LOVE..........we never walk alone.......Jerry n Susan."
"may every gentle breeze that blows send happiness your way. happy birthday and new year Robby."
"All day today I've been contemplating how or what I can to do express happy birthday to my cousin and still at 8:30 with the night almost ended, i can't fingure out the proper way to honor his 24th birthday. And that is simply because there is never a "proper way" to address a birthday of a loved one that is passed. It's simply sad. But in the same token, it gives me peace to think that it is his birthday in which he is most likely having a ball up there in heaven. And since we are stuck here on earth with the sadness of missing him, excepting and embracing that peace is all we can do. It's quite obvious that i miss him, for Pete sake I'm posting my emotions on a website haha, but I think it's what we make of it that matters not that we confess how much we miss him. But anyway, I miss you and love you just as any day Robby happy 24th birthday."
"Happy Birthday Robby. Thoughts and prayers for peace and healing for your family."
"Happy Birthday Robby. We miss you."
"Robby, today is your twenty-fourth birthday. We miss you! You live on in our hearts and in our minds; George, Sarah, and I think of you every day. We will tell people about you for the rest of our lives. We will keep you alive in the only way we know how--in our memories of you. Happy birthday, Robby. I love you! I will always think of myself as Robby's mom."
"Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. It is held on August 31st each year to raise awareness of overdose, to spread the message that overdose is preventable, and to remember those who have died or been permanently injured as a result of drug overdose. Robby, my handsome, smart, charming, funny, loving, and loyal son, died from an opiate overdose on June 2, 2013, two days after leaving a drug rehab center in Rhode Island. He was only 22. He battled with an opiate addiction for six years. Addiction won.
Today, in memory of Robby, I will post some drug awareness information on the internet. I will wear Robby's purple band. I will tell everyone I talk to that more Americans now die from drug overdose than from car accidents, that 105 Americans die daily from overdose, and that 7 Floridians die daily from overdose. I will also tell them that prescription pain medicine is highly addictive---it is essentially synthetic heroin---and it can kill the people that we love the most. And I will tell them that naloxone should be made available over-the-counter in every pharmacy because it can reverse an overdose and save a life for $3.00. I hope all who read this post will also spread this information.
I want people to be aware about overdose, even for only a few minutes, before they go back to their normal lives--like the lives that we lived before Robby died. If you think you understand opiate addiction, you don't. If you think you know what you would do if you or your loved one became addicted, you don't, because the odds of beating an opiate addiction are slim to none. All doctors, nurses, and health care providers need to wake up and use their medical knowledge to try and stop our country's opiate epidemic. Overdose awareness is the place to start."
"I posted a photo today of the lovely memorial garden that Steve and Colleen planted in their yard in memory of Robby."
"When I went outside this afternoon, I noticed how exceptionally windy it was. It reminded me of an afternoon I spent with Robby three years ago. I went back to my journal---the one I kept from the day Robby was born until the day he died---and read this entry from March 30th, 2011: 'Today I underestimated the power of nature. I wanted to go food shopping at Walmart, even though Robby said he thought it looked like it would rain. Well, right when we were driving back home from Walmart, the wind picked up like a hurricane. We saw branches in the road. Robby actually said, “Well, Mom, if this is it, I just want you to know that I love you.” We came home, and Robby pulled the basketball hoop down. Then the power went out, so he manually closed the garage door. Meanwhile, smart Sarah is out standing in the yard, experiencing nature, clueless that a snapped limb could impale her at any moment. We told her to get the hell inside! Robby amazed me---he is so good at acting calmly and quickly in an emergency. I told him he might want to think about being a paramedic or firefighter, since he is cool in a crisis when everyone else panics. No harm done to the house in the storm, and the power came back on pretty soon afterwards.' Robby had talked about becoming a firefighter. He would have loved it."
"A year of time passing....yet the loss is still very real and painful. I am so sorry and I keep you all in my prayers. I have enjoyed looking through the photos, the happy smiles on your faces. Thankful for the good times you had together. I read a book by Randy Alcorn titled "If God is Good". It helped me wrap my mind around the question of pain, suffering, and the tragedies of life."
"I loved Robby. He was my heart. I got clinically depressed last year because I blamed myself for Robby’s death. I felt that I was being punished by God for some mysterious reason. With the passage of time, I can now clearly reflect on my relationship with Robby. I was a good mother to Robby, and I tried to do every logical, reasonable thing I could to save him from a deadly addiction. I spent an inordinate amount of time and money on doctors, counselors, rehabs, hospitals, detox, and medications for Robby. And I even sent him to jail more than once. But all my efforts failed, and my son died. Addiction to opiates is stronger than medical intervention, rehab, willpower, prayer, NA, surviving a deadly overdose, or even a mother’s unconditional love. Robby was my heart. I always came from a place of love when I interacted with him, even when he was out of control. Six months before Robby died, he was the worst I had ever seen him. He was violent, coming off of a cocaine high. Although I was literally in fear for my life, I went up to him and tried to embrace him. I touched his cheek and kept saying, through my tears, “Robby, I love you. I am your mother. Robby, I’m your mother. I love you.” My love was not enough to save my beautiful boy. Now that a year has passed since Robby died, I have accepted his death. Life is filled with loss---family, friends, jobs, health, hopes and dreams. My loss is small in comparison to Robby’s. He lost his one and only life for a moment of pleasure. Comforting words about an afterlife, a greater good, free will, God’s will, or fate---none of these concepts mitigate the tragedy of Robby’s lost life. If I could have written the script of our lives, I would have been the one to die and Robby would have been the one who lived."
"The impact Robby's life had on our lives and many others even in the future is far reaching...I wish I was able to give each of you who miss him dearly, a big hug, as I think Robby would like that especially today! He was about living life to the fullest! I always remember how cute he was when he told me about his "bucket list" and how he was working to satisfy some of those items on his list. What I loved dearly about him was how lighthearted he was, although he often presented a quiet, more serious side. We can only see dimly in a mirror now as to the way things will be, but one day it shall be clear...So for now may you take courage and know that Robby is wrapped in the arms of His Heavenly Father!"
"Rob, today I worked in the flower bed that you and I planted 2 years ago. It is "exploding with growth as summer is upon us" how I wish you were here to keep up with it. These moments though sad with your absence are cheerful too with the memory of our doing things we enjoyed together. Our walk is just that... being thankful for the gift of those precious moments we did have, those were good times and they DO outweigh all the struggle and pain of the other times. I will choose to always remember the laughs and the jokes we shared and too the hard work that drew an uncle and a nephew so close. I will meet you again Rob somewhere "UP" the path. Thanks again for PLANTING the wonderful MEMORIES they are awesome... from in the garden with...UJ and Rob"
"Robby still lives in his loved ones hearts and in spirit. Saying prayers for peace until everyone meets again."
"My thoughts and prayers are with you all!"
"thinking or robby today and praying for Theresa, George, and Grandma Wiz. went to mass for u all today, and hope to do the same tomorrow."
"We all miss Robby so much. His sweet, calm spirit will always be in our hearts. Love, Jen, Bryan, Max, Franny, and Ceci"
"Remembering Robby and his family and sending all prayers of love and peace and hope."
"In remembrance of Dearest Robby on the 1st anniversary of his death:
(from Shakespeare's Sonnet XVIII)
...Thy eternal summer shall not fade...Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade...So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.""
"Today, June 2, 2014, marks a year that my dear son Robby tragically and accidentally died. Since I currently don't have a time machine and am not capable of performing medical healings during your battle, your absence has been challenging to say the least. Living my daily life without you has been painful, causing tears and heartache. I want to thank all of you that loved Robby, and were a part of his short life. He cared and spoke about many of you. If you get a moment, write or share your memories with each other or here on this website or contact us. Today Robby's mother and I are in New York City spending time together with his sister on this difficult date. I will lovingly remember and talk about my son, all the days of my life. I love you Robby."
"Thoughts of Robby are always with me. I think of him often when I see a tall slim handsome young man walking down the street. When we gather as a family, his absence is felt and I am very sad. When I often consider the immense void left in the lives of his mom, dad, sister and close friends and relatives, I am grieved. I am missing his gentle spirit, his loving smile, his spontaneous wit. I miss what was and what could have been in his life, on this earth. I will never forget my cousin, my nephew, Robby. He will always be with me in my lovely memories of him. I hope for a future in heaven when we will be reunited and take up where we left off, because I didn't get to know him as I should have. If you can see this Robby, I love you and miss you very much, and I will always remember you. Love, Aunt Colleen"
"I posted the wonderful drawing of Robby and Sarah under "Gallery: photo." I miss Robby deeply. He was my precious son. I treasure the short time we shared together. Although my heart will always ache, I will love Robby forever."
"Colby Nguyen was Robby's most loyal friend. Even though Robby went to rehab in Rhode Island, Colby stayed in contact with him until the day Robby died. Last night, Colby brought over a beautiful drawing of Robby and Sarah that he paid an artist to draw for us. It is the nicest gift we have ever received. Colby also brought over a birthday cake back in December to celebrate what would have been Robby's 23rd birthday. Colby's beautiful tribute to Robby is in the "Stories" section of this website. Robby was very fortunate to have a friend like Colby."
"What changes can you make to honor Robby's memory and redeem his lost life? Robby inspired be to write a letter to Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Chief Medical Officer of Phoenix House (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have posted the letter in the "Stories" section of this website."
"Robby, i don't think there are enough words for how much i miss you. All of this, its just too hard to believe anymore. This is the first time i have gone on here, to your memorial website. That isn't even something i or anyone should even be able to say. I miss you so much, how funny you were, you would always laugh at my jokes and understand what i was trying to say (making fun of the adults in secret) looking at me thinking and knowing the same thing, our family is so nerdy. But we both still were the same, loving to be with everyone, hearing all the nerdy talk, we always had each other. All of this is so wonderful to think about, every memory i can remember with you, i cherish and ponder constantly. I love you so much and you were always the brother i always wanted to have. I just want you back.
"We miss you Robby, but are reminded of what you taught us.
I can only agree with Emily on her 2014 resolution to be more like Robby and this reminds me of my words at his memorial service quoted below.
George and I are very close and Robby was sort of like the Son I never had (having three girls) – so I pray we can never forget what Robby taught us during his life.
To be gentle and kind spirited, and only use enough words to convey your message.”"
"Beautiful what everyone has written over the last few days. Words of pain, memories, deep love. I am in tears....Surely he was gone too soon. My heart goes out to all of you family members. I cry for your pain, but I also hope for the re-union you will have one day as you once again embrace your Robbie."
"Robby, I wish celebrating your 23rd birthday yesterday consisted of something other than writing on this site. I wish instead it was the whole family together again at your parents house, you running the grill with your dad and mine, cooking up some salmon and hot dogs, all of us finishing off a cheesecake or some tiramisu, followed by an overwhelming amount of family photos. Now such simple things as salmon and cheesecake, or a tall handsome young man with beautiful light blue eyes carry far more weight and pain than I could have ever imagined possible. I see you everywhere Robby, and as painful as it is, I am at least thankful for that because I know I will never stop thinking of you. My resolution for 2014 is to be more intentional about my relationships, be kinder to others, and to listen rather than speak in your honor. I love you Robby."
"Robby, although you are physically gone from us, you are always in my heart, soul, and mind daily. Due to the 2 digital picture frames that run constantly, you remain in my sight as well. I shall always cherish your loving, quiet way & how you handled being with all the granddaughters. Also, I think of you whenever I see Steak & Shake & how cute you were in your uniform. You were always so generous when I needed your help with outside work. Thank you for being my one and only, unique, Robby! Love, Grandma Mary"
"Robby, I drive over an 8 mile causeway from Tampa to Pinellas county almost daily. Every time I cross a certain point in the bridge where the water is calmest you flood my mind and take me away to a very still and painful reflection for the remainder of the drive. Today on your birthday, when I crossed this place on the bridge and tried to understand why you weigh so heavily in my mind on this particular spot, I realized your spirit overflows in this place because you were the depiction of stillness and just being present which is so much more than so many of us. It's not fair we have to wish you happy 23rd birthday on a memorial website but I want you to know your calming spirit is needed here and we love you so much."
"Robby, I miss you so much. I wish that my thoughts could be simply focused on where to take you out to dinner for your 23rd birthday rather than how to find the strength to live the rest of my life without you in it. In the weeks before you died, you talked about your dreams of overcoming addiction, of going back to school, of finding a nice girl to love, and of being happy living without drugs. I would give anything to be able to trade my life for yours, so that you would have a chance to fulfill your dreams. What keeps me going now is thinking “What would Robby want me to do?” and doing things that honor your memory and redeem your lost life. I wouldn’t trade the 22 years we had together for a lifetime with another son. Robby, I miss hearing the sound of your voice, feeling your tender embrace, being blessed by your kindhearted spirit, laughing with you until the tears flowed, and sharing a precious mother-son bond that will last forever. You will always be my beautiful boy."
"Dear Robby, I really miss you, especially not having you here today on what would have been your 23rd birthday. The sting of your untimely death cuts me to the core. Through my tears, I attempt to remember the things I loved about you and the good times we shared. In this way, I try to honor you and your memory. I miss your dry sense of humor, your quiet demeanor and your heartfelt smile. I fondly remember you and Sarah building your first snowman followed by a snowball fight, skim boarding in New Smyrna Beach, smoking your $100 Cuban cigar at the Anna Marie Island beach house, both of us getting massages at the Hammock Resort and later floating down the lazy river on inner tubes, playing tennis in the mountains together in Highlands, and how much you enjoyed snow skiing in Park City. I value our 24-7 time together during our get out of town excursions. Although part of me is relieved that you are finally healed and have no more pain or struggle, I am still deeply saddened and will forever miss the future life you could have had, including having your own family. I admired your incredible devotion and loyalty to our family and to your friends. You once told me you would give your life in defending us if a bad guy broke into our home. You even showed your mother how to make the shot gun loading sound to deter a burglar. I was extremely proud of you when you took the car keys of your intoxicated friend, putting your friendship at risk but likely probably saving his life and the lives of others. The impact of your life and death did matter and has since begun to change the lives of others. Your time here was too short but I was privileged to be your father and to call you my son. I will love you forever and look forward to one day seeing you again. DAD"
"It's a joy thinking of Robby & the time he spent a week in Dothan. He was my reason to get home from work early to spend time together. We even had a night out that amounted to a dinner date with his "Aunt Sue". For his birthday, I'd like to share that he had a spirit of faith, hope, & love that was evident as he shared a number of stories about life & what he valued most. He deeply valued friends & family, & had great respect, as well as a sense of loyalty to each of those. I pray for each of you who miss him & hope his memories will bring you joy!"
"Dear "T", Geo, Sarah and Wiz: As Robby's "inherited' grandfather over the past 10 years, I came to love him as my own, and ache with you as if he were my grandson by blood. There are no words I can think of that will ease your pain, but on this special day, I hope you concentrate on the things about him that make you smile. For me, that's a poolside discussion we had at 2395. I know things may not get easier over time, but I pray you will get better at handling it. Love you all.
This would have been your 23rd birthday and I miss you so much. I knew you were on the way when your Mom gave me a gift on Mother's day 1990: a nested package and when I got to the bottom there was a scroll that said, "Happy Grandmother's Day." I wear your memorial wrist band every day and will never forget my first grandchild."
"Trac, George, and Sarah- we are thinking about Robby and all of you today on Robby's 23rd birthday. We miss him so much. We feel blessed to have the memory of the Christmas we spent together last year and we will always remember Robby the way he was one year ago, smiling and happy. We love you all. Jen, Bryan, Max, Franny, and Ceci"
"I have read through more of the stories today and just want you to know that my heart goes out to you. Only the Lord can bring you comfort. I pray you focus on the good memories and the ways in which your Robbie made this world good for others. This is a beautiful site. The gift he was to you can never be taken away and you will rejoin him in time- for all eternity. Happy Birthday Robbie!"
"Robby's birthday is upon us. I remember 23 years ago the joy and excitement of seeing Theresa and George with their first born... soon to appear. Such a gift and WOW what a joyful spirit God gave to us in Robby. This walk in life..... for some is longer than for others. It is not the length of time we are present but the moments we touch others that matters. Robby never gave up loving. He shared his gifts of bringing a smile and laugh to you even in the most difficult of times. We know the challenges were there and though Robby has gone ahead of us for now the memories are of the GOOD TIMES. Rob's laughter grows louder all the time. Yes he was the "hoot", prankster, fun loving and energetic nephew I knew and loved and will look forward to seeing again. Robby would remind us that yesterday was yesterday. Robby's hope and dreams remain a part of us. We live those "with him" now by expressing his love, his excitement, and too his happiness in all that we do. That is our Robby you hear when the laughter echoes and the sunrise appears for it is a day to GO FOR IT !!! We have eternity with Robby. Thank you God for this Gift today of your son Jesus and through that gift the opportunity to share Robby.................. forever.
"Robby was one of the funniest people I've ever met. I spent about as much time at his house growing up as I did my own. We used to hang out on the porch so much we coined a term for it. "Porching it". I wish I could have just one more night on the porch laughing with him. Robby could turn my worst day into a good one. I still think about him all the time."
""It has been six months since Robby died. His 23rd birthday would have been on 12/30/13. We want Robby's death to make a difference in this world. Over-the-counter naloxone (Narcan) could have saved Robby's life. See my letter to Senator Gardiner in the "Stories" section of this website. Has Robby's death changed your life? Please post your thoughts either here or in the "Stories" section. We welcome any pictures or video you have of Robby for the "Gallery" area. Your memories of Robby give us hope that his life will continue to touch our lives. Please remember Robby on December 30th. Robby, we miss you so much. Love you forever, Mom and Dad""
I am deeply saddened by the news that I just received today. I could only image the pain that you have experienced. From reading the previous posts, I know Robby is an extraordinary young man who is well loved! You and your family are in my prayers. With blessings and love."
"I found this note today in Robby's sketchbook: ("I'm sorry Mom & Dad for not listening. I hope you forgive me for all I've put you through. I am turning my life around. I love y'all so much and never wanted to let y'all down.") Robby, love
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. We will always love you."
"George, I am so sorry to hear this news. I had no idea and words are never enough to express sympathies worthy of your loss. Please know my heart goes out to you and your family. Bless you and your son ..."
"George and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless!!"
"George, Teresa and Sarah, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time."
"George I am deeply sorry to hear of your son passing. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers, no parent want there child to leave before, them again my deepest sympathy."
I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. I am praying for you and your family.
"George and family, I am so very sorry for you tremendous loss. Just reading these posts and seeing the wonderful pictures I feel like I know your beautiful son. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope it comforts you to know he is in good hands.
"Goerge, Theresa, and Sarah, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I had the pleasure of meeting Robby at Aunt Mary Jane's 80th birthday celebration. What a loving and caring young man! We are so saddened by his death. I know that he is rejoicing with our loved ones who are already in heaven. Love, Nancy and Ed"
"George, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for your loss"
"You always put up with the 5 girls, being the only boy our age, and our playmate as a kid. I'll miss your quiet nature, and hilariously subtle sarcasm you contributed to our family. When us 5 were sitting in the courtyard yesterday after everything, I felt your presence with us. I'm sure listening & laughing to yourself AT us! Almost as if nothing changed. I'll miss and love you forever."
"My sincere condolences to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of Robby. Love, Cousin Michelle (Brown)"
"My heart goes out to you and your family during this sad and painful time. May it comfort you to know that he is now in the arms of our Father and all your family members that have already preceded him.
With my deepest sympathy,
"George and Tracy, I have been thinking of you and praying for all your family all day today. I am very sorry for your loss and pray for the Lord's deep comfort in these next days and months. May your family and friends surround you with help and support.
I send my love, Sandy Collie"
"George, Theresa and Sarah, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Such happy memories of Robby and Vince, best friends for many years. You are such wonderful loving parents always there for Robby and Sarah. My heart breaks for your loss"
"I met Robby only once, but was impressed. What a handsome, talented young man, athletic, sharp, and blessed with a loving family. Close relations were near that loved him as George and Theresa and Sara did. He had so much life ahead of him to experience and enjoy. All of his loved ones will miss walking alongside him and sharing his joys and triumphs and burdens. His loss is great."
"Our thoughts, prayers, and friendship are always with you Robby, Sarah, Theresa, and George, especially during these difficult times."
"My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Take comfort knowing that God is with you and will comfort you all during this time."
"Robbie, you're like a brother to me. I love you man. So many good conversations and good times. I'll miss you forever."
"My sincerest condolences. It's obvious that your family is surrounded by friend, love and wonderful memories; may these sustain them.
"You two were awesome parents. You had Robby's back up until the very end. He felt your love and support. You gave him your all and there is nothing more we can do as parents. I can't imagine the pain you are going thru but these are the times when God calls us to lean on Him. I pray you'll do that. Love to you all and may God Bless."
"I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Please accept my condolences during this very difficult time. This site is a beautiful tribute to his spirit and your love."
"I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray that "the God of all comfort" be with you during this difficult time and that His trustworthy promises sustain you until you can be reunited. I found the following scriptures to be of special comfort and hope you will too: 2 Corinthians 1:3, Acts 24:15; Isaiah 26:19; Revelation 21:4, Job 14:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:26; Luke 20:38."
"Robby wrote us a note on March 2nd, three months before he died. Due to tribute length limits, I posted Robby's note in the "Stories" section of this website. I think it reveals the heart of my beautiful boy. Thanks for all your love and prayers for Robby and for us."
"We are keeping you all in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss and hope that you find comfort in knowing that Robbie is in peace.
Leslie, Lonnie, Katie and Sam Richardson"
"II am so very sorry for your deep loss and I have been praying for your family that you all will be comforted during these difficult days. May Peace and Joy come soon."
"On behalf of the entire Hurst family, we are so saddened by the loss of Robby and have you all in our thoughts and prayers."
"Robby you will truly be missed. I have known you since day 1. I have always felt like you were relative instead of friends. George, Theresa, and Sara we know you grief is so deep. We are praying that God will wrap you in his arms and carry you through this valley of death. When you need us we will always be there. Rest in peace Robby we love you all. Cindy, Tony, and Bradley."
"I remember the day Robbie was born and our visit with you guys in the hospital. This polite gentleman with the gigantic heart always made Cindy, Bradley and I feel welcomed. I'm praying that the God of All Peace who now has Robbie will comfort your family today and forever.. We love and miss you Robbie."
"Your precious family is in our thoughts and prayers. Robby will be greatly missed...as he was greatly loved."
"We send our deepest sympathies to the caring families of Robby"
"What a lovely tribute to Robby. Bob and I send our love and prayers to George and Theresa and all the family. Our longtime friendship causes us to truly share your grief. I will play my best at the service on Saturday and we are here for you in the days after...
Bob and Tonya"
"Dear Tracy and George,
Thank you for doing this beautiful tribute to Robby. It will help us all remember him with love. Yes, he is gone too soon. Someday may we all understand. Our thoughts and hearts are with you both now.
Judy and Roger"
"requiescant in pace."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
With sincere sympathy,
Christopher, Patrick and Charlie"
"Robby,my best friend,my brother.I had the privilege of being friends with Robby since I can remember. He was family. He taught me about true friendship. He truly was a shining star in a dark world. The demons Robby faced are unrelenting and vicious.My heart grieves for the difficulties he faced. My love and support go out to the family.He is with the Lord and he's safe.I will miss you Rob"
"Our hearts, thoughts & prayers are with you all. We feel as though we know Robby so well after reading the beautiful tributes & viewing the fabulous photos. It seems like only yesterday when we saw him last. Love comes in many forms. May God bless you with His divine graces to endure. The good Lord called him home. Robby will live within all forever more. Amen Love, Diane & George"
"Robbie and I, we had times where we kept in contact and times were we didn't encounter each other for weeks, months but in the amount of time, nothing about his sprit had changed. He's one of the nicest people I could say I've ever known. He was kind hearted and selfless. Rest in peace Robbie. I'll see you later on in life because you're someone I want to keep around forever. You're missed"
"I have no words but our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Ken & Carol Mathews"
"My Man ROBBY. How we enjoyed all our times. I loved the young days when I could pick you up and throw you up in the air laughing with you as an Uncle that was so happy to be with his nephew. GEORGE THERESA and SARA my talks with Rob when he stayed with us recently were clear how proud he was of his family. How he deeply loved each of you and all your love for him. Embrace the LOVE !! UJ"
"Dearest Theresa and George,
Please have comfort in knowing you did your very best. Robby is now at peace and your angel watching over your entire family.
My daughter, Katie, was blessed for knowing Robby as were many others. He brought so much joy which we must focus on."
"Dear Andrew Family...our deepest sympathies and may God's grace be as deep and wide and strong as it needs to be to carry you all through this difficult and tender time. Rose Mayer Burgweger"
"I am grateful for the time spent together with Robby in Orlando last year. Although Jay never personally met Robby, he feels that he almost does from his many cousin conversations over the years. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with all of you during this time of celebrating Robby's life and his New Beginning. He now knows a place of ". far, far better rest..." Love, Cindy and Jay"
"Had great times messing Keith, Robbie, and the rest of that group. I know how much he meant to my brother and so many others. The outpouring of support and love is a testament to that."
"Shortly after I had my baby daughter, George & Theresa had Robby. We were all so excited! And fun to share stories through the years of our kiddos growing up. We are so deeply saddened to know that he has left us, way too soon. Our thoughts and prayers with you. xoxo"
"My prayers go to the family. Is sad to see a fellow eagle and college park kid pass away. He is in Gods Arms now <3"
"My prayers are with you during this terribly sad time. You remain in my thoughts and I am so very sorry for your loss. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel about Robby's passing.. We are here to support you in your grieving process. With sincere sympathy
"I am praying for your family. I pray that you will be able to find some comfort knowing that this community of friends is praying for you at this time and sharing in your loss. May your memories bring you some peace."
"Robbie, I am so sorry about the struggle you went through in life. I am also so sorry for your family. I can't imagine how hard this is on them. You were practically my brother for so many years. I will never forget the times we hung out. I miss you, Robbie. Rest in Peace <3
I love you all, Mr./Mrs. Andrew & Sarah!"
"My thoughts and prayers go out to this wonderful family."
"We love and appreciate the Andrew family and share in this moment of great sorrow and loss."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Please find peace and comfort from God's love. May He wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace."
"Geo and Trac, I wish I had more words that could help, but I can only believe that our Fathers needed him more than us. I pray I can become more sensitive and quiet like Robby which often said so much! Love, Steve"
"Please take some measure of comfort in that I know Bob is watching over Robby and that he is finally at peace. With hugs and blessings, Fran"
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