As with all three Robson boys Rich was born in Ridgecrest California in December 1951. He later lived in Toronto for 6 long winters and finally Anaheim before moving to, what we boys think of as the family home, on Richman in Fullerton in 1959. Rich graduated from Sunny Hills in 1969 and married his high school sweetheart and classmate, Sue Harvey, in 1973. They lived in Oceanside for the last 30 years where they raised their two children, Janel and Rebecca, who gave them 4 grandchildren. He loved his family very much and they all have wonderful memories of vacations and times around his pool…..he worked hard and played hard giving his family experiences missing from his life.
Rich worked for Vons Supermarkets, which later came to be owned by Safeway, his entire adult life. He rose to be a senior executive for Safeway overseeing the produce operations for much of California and Nevada and also assisting with the operations in Arizona. It was in this capacity that he impacted hundreds of lives….mentoring and giving people opportunities and direction for their lives. He was considered a pillar of the employee development system for his employer, setting many of them on successful paths in the organization.
It was on May 12, 2015 that Rich died, exactly 10 days after his mother, Betty Robson, and exactly 10 days before the anniversary of the death of his father, John Robson. I spent some time with him the day before he passed away and he knew it was going happen the next day..….Those who knew him will remember the huge grin and twinkle in eyes that were on his face as he joked about the symmetry of the timing and God’s sense of humor. It was a total Rich moment!
I am proud to have him as my brother. More successfully than either of his siblings he remade himself as a young man, overcoming the shortcomings of his childhood and becoming a true man of God remembered for the balance, integrity and love in his life.
-- John Robson, ’67. March 31, 2017.