This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Leo Robbins who was born in California on October 6, 1916 and passed away on February 2, 2007 at the age of 90. We will remember him forever.
Leo will be sorely missed... / Leola Dahl (yacht club friend )
What a wonderful person! He'll surely be missed. My deepest sympathy for your loss.
to a great teacher / Debby Kephart (friend)
Leo shared his love of sailing with me and my family. He was terrific with the kids, teaching them, and sharing his love of sailing. My sons Curtis and Justin spent many summers at Beach Camp and the Sailing Center. When Leo was around boats there wa...
condolences and contact / John &. Gerry Emrick (Friend & Neighbor )
To the Robbins Family,
We were deeply saddened when we heard of Leo's passing. We moved from Ventura in November and had lost contact with Leo and Eula. We sent them Christmas greetings but did not hear back. We would very much like t...
Friend / Mary Sue [Law] Ruth (x neighbor )
Dear Eula and Family. So sorry to hear of Leo's passing. I have thought of you many times and wondered how you were. Leo was a fine man and, yes, just like all the others, he taught my son to sail. Your one time neighbor. ...
Leo Robbins / Joseph Kennedy (Employee/friend)
My condolences to Leo's family.
I remember Mr. Robbins from when I worked under his supervision at Southern Counties Gas Company. The time I remember most was just after I had completed meter man school and Leo was supervising my work with...
Leo Robbins Legacy The city of Ventura has lost beloved sailing center founder, teacher and friend, Leo Robbins. Leo passed away Feb. 2, 2007, of congestive heart failure. Leo's beloved wife of 60 years, Eula, and his daughter Gail were with him at the end. He was 90.
Leo helped the city start the sailing program in 1972. One friend remarked, "Think about the marina as it is now. Now visualize nothing."
A friend said, "He put a lot of heart and soul into this program. He put a lot more into it than he had to."
Upon his retirement in 1997 at the age of 80, the sailing center was officially renamed the Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center. Leo was so proud to have his name associated with the sailing program that he worked so hard to build.
One friend said, "I'd take him sailing and ask him 200 questions. I'd always learn a little more about how to be a better sailor." Another friend remarked, "Everybody enjoyed his essence. His joy of sailing was enormous!" "When he got in a boat and he could sail, he came alive," said another friend. "You could see it in his smile and the twinkle in his eyes."
Leo leaves his wife, Eula; daughter Gail Chaid and son-in-law David Richard, and their son, David Edward Nathan; daughter Janet Neeb and her sons, Gabe and Trevor; as well as Leo's brother, Bill Robbins, and his wife, Carol. A celebration of Leo's life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Ventura Yacht Club.
Thank you to family and friends who have provided support and comfort with your continuing tributes on the Web site and with phone calls, cards, e-mails, letters and notes. Leo was proud of all of you. He would like nothing better than a lot of happy people sailing in their boats.
In lieu of flowers, Leo's family recommends your donations, in Leo's name, be sent to the nonprofit Ventura Maritime Foundation, c/o Hoffman Vance and Worthington, 1000 S. Seaward Ave., Ventura, CA 93001; phone 805-642-0211. The foundation was set up when Leo was teaching, and without it there would be no Ventura sailing program as we know it. It provides for the boats and safety equipment and offers opportunity for the community's youth and physically challenged to attend classes in the sailing program.
Published in the Ventura County Star on 2/16/2007.
The Salt in our Blood All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Speech given at Newport at the dinner before the America's Cup Races, September 1962