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Robin Thomas Pope
  • Passed away on July 11, 2021

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Robin Thomas Pope, 74, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021. An only
child born on September 23, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. He is
preceded in death by his parents Edgar (1965) & Virginia Aldenhoff Pope
(1975), and his bonus parents Lloyd (2010) & Trudy Turnbull (2002) of
North Ft. Myers.
Robin lived an eventful life in Ft. Myers playing baseball, basketball &
the trumpet in the marching band. He is a graduate of Ft. Myers High
School, Class of 1964, Go Green Wave! He attended and graduated from
Florida State University (Tallahassee) with a Bachelor’s Degree in
Mathematics 1969 & then Master’s degree in Instructional Design 1973.
It was during that time at FSU he met and later married his wife and
fellow alumnae, Danetta Blackwelder of Apopka, in August 1973. He
loved her so much that he married her again in 2003!
The couple remained in the Tallahassee area, where Robin worked as
an Applications Programmer and then a Systems Programmer for the
Department of Labor before going into Software Development as VP of
Educations Performance Systems, Inc. in 1980. It was during this time
their little family of 2 grew to a family of 6. He was die-hard FSU, bled
garnet & gold, he was very active in his church affiliation with The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and he spent many hours
playing in basketball & softball leagues, enjoying the sport which fed his
competitive nature and forging friendships that would span time &
distance alike. He also devoted much of his time to church callings he
held which took him to areas across the state. In 1983 they would leave
the Capital City area as Robin took a job with a consulting firm
Computer Task Group, which moved their now party of 7 soon to be 8 &
eventually 9, to Brandon, FL. It was Brandon that would remain his
home base for continued and ongoing adventures.
Robin wore many hats over the years & wore them well. He was involved
in whatever his kids or grand-kids had going on, distance was always an easy
obstacle to overcome for him, he would just hit the road.
In 1994 he transferred to IBM as a Software Engineer and managed the
WebSphere Data Interchange Development Team. It was there where he
would finish his computing days, eventually retiring in June 2013.
He would claim his family as his greatest accomplishment. He loved
hosting & attending family dinners, gatherings, family sporting events,
music and other social presentations. He attended every possible
activity for family, immediate & extended members alike which are as
numerous as the stars. He was smart, a born problem solver, had a
quick wit & a kind heart. He always had a quick joke/ jab ready about the
Gators and Hurricanes, or your athletic prowess, or lack of height and
loved sharing his dinner table even though it was already full, there is
always room for a few more.
He was a giant among men, not just because of his height, but because of
who he was. He left a legacy of family, service, a love of FSU Seminoles &
the Beach Boys that will be carried on by those who remain in his stead.
He will be terribly missed by those he left behind, but through the gift of
eternal families we find comfort that we will see him again.
He is survived by his wife Danetta Blackwelder Pope, his 7 children
(Leigh Annand, Jeremy, Barry, Scott, Ginny Johnson, Ben & Jeff Pope),
their spouses, 28 grandchildren & 3 Great granddaughters.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel located at 1412 John Moore Rd, Brandon,
FL at 3PM. Graveside service/Internment will be held on Saturday, July 24,
2021 at the Ft. Myers Cemetery in Ft. Myers, FL at 11:30AM.

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  1. Carol Carson says:
    06 Oct 2021
    Many prayers to the family as just found out of Robin's passing to Glory. I have great memories of Robin and working with him with WebSphere Data Interchange at IBM. He was great to work with and so technically competent it was unreal..>!!! I enjoyed the visit to your house for lunch back a few years ago...was enjoyable to visit and share a meal and discussion. My husband and I just recently moved to Florida and it was on my list was to reconnect with Robin. I will someday....! -Carol

  2. Angela Winters Hill says:
    24 Sep 2021
    I was recently trying to contact Robin via LinkedIn, email, phone with no luck. I was surprised to hear of his passing. I worked with Robin for many years at IBM. We both came from CTG (different cities) and we both started with IBM around the same time. I will never forget the snickers bars are our software product users conferences. All the customers wanted to be in Robin's sessions to get them. Robin would ask questions and throw them out to the customers who answered. Robin was a co-worker, manager, and a good friend and he will really be missed. My prayers are with the family. May God bless all of you.

  3. Leigh E Annand posted an image:
    17 Sep 2021
    Family service
    Family service

  4. Leigh E Annand posted an image:
    17 Sep 2021
    Family graveside
    Family graveside

  5. Leigh E Annand posted an image:
    17 Sep 2021
    Robin with Martha Lawrence & friends
    Robin with Martha Lawrence & friends

  6. Wally & Annette lit a candle:
    22 Jul 2021
    Lit since July 22, 2021 at 7:00:27 PM

  7. Martha Lawrence Harrison says:
    20 Jul 2021
    I was 10 when a lovely lady and her son moved to Ft Myers branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had never met anyone from New York, and we finally had someone there who wasn't like a brother, so by junior high he was one of my "crushes." He was so tall and I so short that when in jr high at parties at my house, we would stand in the doorway between the Florida room and the living room where I was a step up to be able to dance with him! Our friendship flourished through the years of shared classes at school, being trumpeters in the jr and high school bands, attending seminary, square dancing after Mutual every Wednesday night, and so much more. Later when I was 19 I was allowed to serve a "local" mission in the Florida Mission where I met the amazing Blackwelder family of Apopka while I was serving in Winter Garden, including Danetta, Imagine my surprise several years later when I received a wedding announcement from her. My thought was, "I just knew her as a lady missionary; how sweet that she remembered me." Then I kept reading and saw she was marrying my old and dear friend Robin! I went on to name my first daughter Robin, and oh there are so many threads to the tapestry that weave in and out of our lives! My deepest sympathy to all of you. I live in Utah now so won't be there for the services, but my brother Rick Lawrence will be. Please pose for a picture for him so that I can see all of you. With so much love, Martha Lawrence Harrison

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