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Robert “Race” Roberson: A Tribute

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We are saddened to announce the passing of Rob “Race” Roberson of Virginia Beach, VA at the age of 58. Race passed away at home on Monday December 19th, 2022.

Race was a career Marine who retired at the rank of Colonel. He started his career as a Midshipman at the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation from the Naval Academy, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt and subsequently became an artillery officer. Shortly after he joined the Fleet Marine Forces, he deployed and participated in Operation Desert Storm. After the war he transitioned to the Marine Corps Reserve where he continued to serve until he reached 30 years of service. An expert Artilleryman, he was the Commanding Officer of O Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines; Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines and the Deputy Commander of the 14th Marine Regiment. Race served as a Police Implementation Officer, leading the Fallujah District Police Training Team, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine”, Race had over 12 years of active duty during his SMCR time including stints at Marine For Life, HQMC SAPRO and HQMC Suicide Prevention Program.

In addition to his time as a Marine, he had a host of Civilian careers including as a Police Officer with the Escondido Police Department and as an Account Executive with Infor and Hexagon Federal Services.

While he was a young Lieutenant he met the love of his life, Máire. After courting her and wearing down her defenses, she agreed to marry him. They had two wonderful children, Conor and Shannon. They lived in various spots including San Diego, Orlando, Stafford and finally Virginia Beach, which he loved. They bought their “forever home” which Race named “Salty Dog Way.”

Race was an active board member for the Veterans’ Victory Alliance which helps service members with PTSD by providing them time in the great outdoors at their ranch in Montana. Not content with just fundraising for the Alliance, he spent five weeks at the facility over the summer making physical improvements to the property. This was not his only involvement with philanthropic work as he was always involved in organizations that helped veterans and first responders through his work, his church and other groups. Specifically, in Stafford he was a key participant in a church organization called Compassionate Restoration. He was a lover of all things Philadelphia, Star Trek, Star Wars, John Wayne, and new wave 80’s music.

Race is survived by his wife Máire, their son Conor, daughter Shannon, his mother Sherry and his brother KC. They ask that in lieu of flowers or gifts you provide a donation to the Veterans Victory Alliance. https://veteransvictoryalliance.org/how-to-help/