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Updated: 10/22/2013 03:08:00PM

Richard Somes Robinson

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Richard Somes “Dick” Robinson, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at his home in Port Charlotte, Fla.

He was born Sept. 30, 1928, on Mt. Desert Island, Maine, the direct descendant of the island’s first settler, Abraham Somes.

Richard served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1949 and was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman and deer hunter. Although he was raised by his grandparents, Harry and Eva Somes, his mother, Rebecca Somes Robinson, who died when he was 3, remained always in his heart. In a memorial service one year after his passing, a portion of his ashes will be laid next to his mother in the Brookside Cemetery in Somesville, Maine, where seven generations of his family are buried.

Richard is survived by his wife, Charlene Robinson; her three children, R. Steven (Dian) Cox, Dianne Mitchell of Riverview, Fla., and James (Cathy) Cox of Port Charlotte; sister, Marilyn (Don) Chambers of Maine; his three children, Larry Robinson of Chattanooga, Tenn., Phyllis Fierro Robinson of Kihei, Hawaii on Maui, and Sherry Robinson of Waialua, Hawaii on Oahu; seven grandchildren, Jerry West of Port Charlotte, Monica Robinson of McKinney, Texas, Benjamin Robinson of Norwich, Conn., Jason Cox of Port Charlotte, David and Eric Mitchell of Riverview, and Tyler Mowatt of Port Charlotte; and three great-grandsons, Jayson Cox, Aaron Robinson and Ryan Whiteman. He was preceded in death by his grandson, James Michael Cox; and his son-in-law, Terence Mitchell.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home 2405 Harbor Boulevard. A celebration of Richard’s life will be at 11 a.m. Military Honors will be rendered after the service. To light a candle in Richard’s name please visit

Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte Chapel.

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