Robin Anne Richenaker, 47

Sep 03, 2012

Belfast — Robin Richenaker, 47, passed away on Aug. 31, 2012, in Belfast. She was born Sept. 20, 1964, in Montclair, N.J., the daughter of Allan and Elizabeth Richenaker.

Robin attended schools in Cambridge, Mass., and Little Rock, Ark., and graduated from Belfast Area High School. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.A. from Bank Street in New York City. While at Wellesley, she was awarded a fellowship at Historic Deerfield in western Massachusetts and traveled in Italy. She lived in New York City for several years, working at Sotheby’s, the American Craft Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, and Riedel Crystal Company. Returning to Maine, Robin worked at Kelmscott Farm in Lincolnville and did volunteer work for several organizations, including the Waldo County YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, and Harbor Hill. She also studied history, marine life and conservation of the local coastal area with the Penobscot Bay Stewards.

Robin was predeceased by her fathers, Allan W. Richenaker and Fred T. Breslin.

She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Breslin; her uncle, Philip Crosby, and his wife, Judith; cousins Jayne Giles and husband Mike, Janette Banks, Karen Mehorter and husband Sam and their children. She is also survived by her aunt, Darlene Richenaker, of Virginia, and many cousins. Her best friend and companion, Java, her dog, also survives her.

The great passion of her life was art. A lifelong learner, Robin was also a fine athlete and sports enthusiast. One of her great joys was coaching the Troy Howard Middle School girls' field hockey team and supporting the Belfast field hockey program. Robin loved nature, and while an accomplished city girl, she was truly at home in the natural world, taking great pleasure in watching from a kayak an eagle soaring over Pitcher’s Pond or hiking in the hills along the coast of Maine. She was beloved “Auntie Rob” to Mallory B. Harnden and Claire Banks. Robin was admired for her very warm, compassionate and courageous spirit. And those who were close to her knew of Robin’s great love for people, her family and animals.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at The First Church, 104 Church St., Belfast, with the Rev. Kate Winters officiating. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to the Town Line Animal Shelter, 46 Baker St., Belfast, ME 04915; or to an animal charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences and memories may be shared with Robin’s family by visiting their book of memories at Arrangements are with the Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 9 Mountain St., Camden.

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