Dad with baby Kira at Lou's
Robert Lee Tomlin
  • 75 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 17, 1937
  • Place of birth:
    Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Date of passing: May 4, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Winchester, Virginia, United States
A deeply loving husband and father, a generous heart, a fine mind, a patient teacher, a good man.

 I (Bob's daughter, Kira Tomlin), created this memorial website to make a space for those who knew my father (family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, students, acquaintances) to share their own memory or message of love.  For short messages, please leave a tribute below.  If you have a longer message or remembrance to share, please write in the "Stories" area.  Note 5/13: Thanks to all who have been submitting tributes, stories, and pictures!   It's so good to see this and remember and appreciate Dad.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jani Al-Hallak on 17th October 2016

"I'm thinking about you on your birthday, Daddy! I went to one of your favorite types of peaceful places today and sat under a big tree with bright yellow leaves! I miss you so much and love you forever!"

This tribute was added by Carol Olson on 19th October 2015

"We're remembering Mr. Tomlin on his birthday, and continue to miss him.

Carol Olson on behalf of staff and students of Blue Ridge Educational Center."

This tribute was added by betsy shanley on 31st July 2013

"What a sweet man and a true gentleman!"

This tribute was added by Carey Brogan on 21st June 2013

"Dear Kira and Family-
-I have met so many students who grow up without a father, but your Dad, Mr. Robert Tomlin will be remembered in a world today showing his dedication as a loving husband and a father as I remember Mr. Tomlin would drop you off at St. John's Church Kira and say "I know she's in good hands"  and then he would smile-  love, CHBrogan"

This tribute was added by Carol Olson on 11th May 2013

"The staff and students at Blue Ridge Educational Center sorely miss Mr. Tomlin. We strongly feel both his absence and his presence as a colleague, teacher, tutor and friend.  A gentle and brilliant man who touched many lives in our little corner of his world.  His picture will be displayed at the school as a constant reminder of what he meant to us."

This tribute was added by Jani Al-Hallak on 11th May 2013

"Daddy was always just one phone call away. We used to talk for an hour or more every time we got on the phone. We never really ended a conversation fully finished. So much more to be said. I miss talking with him so much! He always understood me, and I him! As each days passes I miss him more and more!"

This tribute was added by Devon Downes on 10th May 2013

"Mr. Tomlin was my algebra/geometry tutor. I saw him every Wednesday at Samuels Public Library. It was from his help that I can pass the class, and he was always able to make this subject a little easier for me. I am grateful for being able to work with him. He was a great teacher, and I will miss him greatly."

This tribute was added by Omar Tibi on 10th May 2013

"Nice work Kira!
He was a very sharp, fun, loving, and energetic person. I have and always will associate him with shrimp - my favorite seafood, even after finding out about the "secret"! Not to mention photography, which I tried talking to him about even though I knew nothing! I hope that when I get to be as old as him, I will be as active as he was."

This tribute was added by Joe Turner on 9th May 2013

"I'll always remember the semester that you were my physics tutor. Our mutual love for the subject perpetuated our excitement to work together - not that it felt much like work. It has been a blessing to know you, and I'll carry your influence forever."

This tribute was added by Cathy Tibi on 9th May 2013

"Daddy was an intense man with intense love for all around him. He was in touch with nature and found peace in being alone among the mountains. Thank you for passing that on to me Daddy!He never judged us when we made mistakes in life, instead he allowed us to grow and learn from our troubles. I will miss you Daddy, but will never forget the memories and lessons learned. Love,Cathy"

This tribute was added by dalton selinger on 9th May 2013

"Mr. Tomlin was a great guy and a great friend. he was always like a best friend from school and i am going to miss him. for all the times we, at B.R.E.C care about him so much and we will always treasure the moments we had together as a teacher and a great friend.- Dalton"

This tribute was added by Laura DiMichael on 8th May 2013

"Bob, you endeared all to you with your wonderfully gentle nature, your quiet intelligence, your grateful heart, & your easy laugh.  We are so thankful to have had you as part of our family.  To use an expression that you yourself were very fond of using, “Bless your heart.” May you rest in eternal peace."

This tribute was added by Sandy Groves on 8th May 2013

"A man known by his quiet strength and his dedication to his daughters; always making their goals and dreams available to them through his resources and time. Cielle, Kira, Carmelita .... I a praying for you and the transition of grieving, changes and adjustments you will go through. I love you, and you'll be continually in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Wayne Turner on 7th May 2013

"This year I had the exquisite delight of two conversations with a new friend, Bob. Occasionally men listen well, and sometimes they speak well, but it a special delight for me to encounter a man that was accomplished at both. Our eyes quickly found each other and I am grateful for him."

This tribute was added by Jani Al-Hallak on 7th May 2013

"A man with such deep emotions and strong heart that we all knew how much he loved us, as he showed us each in special ways!
I loved you Daddy from the second I was born, and I'll love you forever! My sweet sweet Daddy you will be missed dearly in life, but you'll remain in my heart always! Love, Jani"

This tribute was added by Jani Al-Hallak on 7th May 2013

"Thank you Kira for creating such a special place for Daddy! As I watch the pictures of Daddy go by on the slide show it brings back so many memories and feelings of the truly wonderful man that he was!
A man with an immense love of family and nature!"


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