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David Thomas Robertson

March 20, 1977 October 8, 2023
David Thomas Robertson
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David Thomas Robertson died of heart disease on October 8, 2023, at his parent's house in Conway, Arkansas at the age of 46, leaving much ridiculously entertaining nonsense left undone. Two garages full of a tinker's paradise, including a kayak, potting wheel, and 2 jet skis, await repurposing for his sisters. A piece of driftwood remains chucked in his lathe, for his brother to turn; but first, he'll need to use a lathe. His dog, a sweet loving companion with calming eyes immediately proceeded to continue her spiritual works at the home of his mother, Bette Robertson.

On a cool and sunny day in Buffalo, New York, on March 20, 1977, David was born to the late Harold F. Robertson, Jr. and Bette Mae Charlebois Robertson. The youngest and most spoiled of four, his imagination knew no bounds. Wowing family, he water-skied at the age of four and at ten tackled black diamond moguls on his second day on the ski slopes. From skateboard ramps to go-carts, he engineered fearlessly at the precocious age of eight. Likewise, his teenage fashion sense surpassed common sense, from rat tail to Grandpa's military issue army green WWII pants.

A tilt-a-whirl of creativity in the works of his hands, outdoor adventures, and daring deviling on skateboards, in-line skates, water skis, snow skis, jet skis, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, and all thing-a-ma-bobs, his heart's calm and steady center was in caring for others. He pursued his passion at Potsdam University in upstate NY and received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Associate degree in Nursing, certifying him as a Registered Nurse. He practiced in the areas of medical/surgical, home health, and behavioral health in New York and Arkansas. Triumphantly, his last nursing role was at-home care for his father, who preceded him in death by just a few weeks.

His personal self affirmations written within his Bible showed his dedication to walk in the path of his Savior, “Loving God and others as himself.” Feeling the sting of physical pain from persistent health challenges and life struggles, he may have wondered how his story would be written in The Book of Life. However, a cloud of witnesses gathered after his passing, testifying to his true fortitude, strength, success, and richness in loving others. He is preceded in death by his father, Harold F. Robertson, Jr., and Min Pins, Taj and Tibidoe.

He is survived in death by his mother, Bette Mae Charlebois Robertson; siblings Stacey Kuchinski, Harold Robertson, and Marcia Robertson; brother-in-law, David Kuchinski; sister-in-law, Debora Robertson; nieces, Airionna Staggs, Alexys Kuchinski, Megyn Kuchinski, Kenedy Kuchinski, and Brooklyn Kuchinski; nephew, William Robertson; life-long friends, Michael Thompson and Geoff Betrus; and dog, Orrie.

A celebration of life will be held at Greene Chapel on the Hendrix campus at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22. Attendees are invited to wear an orange accent in remembrance of David's favorite color. Orange bracelets will be available at the door. All comers led by the spirit can share stories of David during an open mic segment, with a preference toward the heartfelt and ridiculous. Per his request, David will be hanging out, for an undetermined period, in an urn, swinging from a tree behind his mom and dad's house for all who are not able to attend the service and would like to visit and reminisce.

In lieu of flowers you can send donations to AR or NY State Parks in honor of David’s love of the outdoors:


*Arkansas Parks and Recreation, PO Box 7756, Little Rock, AR 72217

* (Go to Quick links, Choose Donate, pick park or project)

*NY Natural heritage trust, 625 Broadway, 3rd floor, Albany NY 12207 Phone 518–474–2997

Services entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, 910 Walnut Street, Conway, AR. “IN YOUR TIME OF NEED…WE CARE.”

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