Christopher James Robinson, 57, died unexpectedly in Biddeford on Wednesday, August 14. Chris was born on December 14, 1961 at Webber Hospital in Biddeford. Even as kid he was a striking presence, with piercing blue eyes, a shock of blond hair and a rambunctious spirit that nobody could suppress. Included in his indomitable nature were a razor-sharp intellect and a wickedly fun sense of humor. From his earliest days, Chris Robinson was a person of whom people took notice.
Chris grew up in the Round Hill/Mayfield neighborhood of Biddeford, attended the city’s public schools, and graduated from Biddeford High School in 1980, where he excelled academically and co-captained the basketball team. In 1984, he graduated from Boston University. He began his business career as a salesman with Metropolitan Life, but quickly moved out on his own as an entrepreneur, starting two successful advertising and marketing businesses before joining Hussey Seating Company in the early 2000s. His technological savvy and innovative work as Hussey’s Director of Marketing and Communications helped propel continued success for one of Maine’s most well-regarded manufacturers.
His passionate avocations were boating, travel, sports and music. He played competitive sports well into his 30’s and was a commanding on-stage presence in several local bands. Even Mick Jagger could not help being briefly drawn by Chris’ charisma. Irrepressibly gregarious, whatever Chris decided to tackle he did it with chutzpah.
In his unforgettable personality, the one characteristic for which he will always be remembered in particular is his intense loyalty to friends and family. Words do Chris’ loyalty no justice; it was all-encompassing and relentless. And in particular, he and his wife Brigitte have taken enormous pride in the impressive flourishing of their daughter Phoebe and son Ian, two of the finest young adults one could hope to know. Chris’ devotion to Brigitte, Ian and Phoebe perfectly defined his magnificence.
Chris was pre-deceased by his father Lloyd E. Robinson in 1980. He is survived by his wife Brigitte Neveux Robinson of Biddeford, son Ian Robinson of Amesbury, MA, daughter Phoebe Robinson of Biddeford, his mother Jane Robinson Mininni of Biddeford, his sister Jane E. Robinson of Honolulu, HI, his brother Mark Robinson of Biddeford, his brother-in-law Colin Huddleston of Honolulu, HI, his step-father James Mininni of Biddeford, plus many heartbroken nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and step-siblings.
Arrangements are by Hope Memorial Chapel. Visiting hours will 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20 at Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005. Visiting hours will be followed by a Christian service. In lieu of flowers, Chris’ family encourages donations to the Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.