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Robertson, Sr. David C. November 30, 1929 - December 25, 2022

David Clarke Robertson, Sr.

HACKETTSTOWN – David Clarke Robertson, Sr., a beloved husband and father, passed away on December 25, 2022.  He was 93.

David is survived by his loving and devoted wife Rosemary Robertson; his daughter Wendy (Stephen) Magennis, his son David C. (Lori) Robertson, Jr., his grandchildren Stephen Magennis, LTC Matthew (Kelby) Magennis USA, Meaghan (Paul) Caruso, and David C. Robertson III and his great grandchildren Mabel Magennis, Agnes Magennis, Ian Caruso and Callen Caruso. He is predeceased by his wife Joan who passed in 1994 after 44 years of marriage.

David was born November 30, 1929 in Jersey City, NJ to William Robertson, Jr. and Doris Campbell Clarke.  He grew up in Verona, NJ. and was a graduate of Verona High School.  Following graduation, David enlisted in the US Navy, serving from 1947 to 1951 with duty in USS Huntington (CL 107), under the command of then Captain Arleigh Burke, and USS Moale (DD 693).  His service in the Navy provided him a lifetime of fond memories.

Following the Navy, David became a draftsman and in 1955 began a career as a Member of Technical Staff (MTS) with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Whippany, NJ.  He retired from Bell Labs in 1989.

David was a resident of Hackettstown since 1962 and a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church.  He was an avid sports fan and athlete. When his children were school aged, he coached town recreation youth baseball and football and served on the Hackettstown Recreation Committee. Later he played men’s hockey, softball, basketball and tennis. In tennis he was a member of a doubles team that won the 2002 US Tennis Association NJ state doubles championship in the Senior and Super-Senior Divisions.

David was also a prolific artist who enjoyed oil and acrylic painting for over 60 years. He was always willing to lend his expertise to community projects, and his painting of the Hackettstown Tiger remains in the high school gymnasium to this day.  His artistic gift was passed along to his children and grandchildren, and his paintings adorn every family home.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 1:00 pm.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. For those wishing to leave online condolence’s please visit,


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    Dave and Wendy – so sad to read of your father’s passing. I well remember his artistic talent so often displayed on the wall as you entered your home. Without your mom and dad, the Wallaces would have never found Hackettstown as they raved so much about the town we all ended up calling home in 1962. And all of them lived there to the end of their lives. Once again, we are so sorry for your loss. Tim and Theresa Wallace, Asheville, NC

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    Paul & Robin Wallace says

    Dear Robinson Family
    My Wife Robin and I were very saddened to read of Mr. Robinson’s passing, and though years have not allowed us to catch up, my fondest memory is walking up to The Hackettstown Football Games, he with his cushion for the bleachers, me to do the chains.
    It was his interest in playing ice hockey that actually got me interested though we never played at the same time.
    Verona too was special to both of our families, and again thought time allowed those memories to be faded, Mr. Robinson’s passing has made them freshened.
    May the LORD comfort you all during this time of mourning, through Christ our LORD
    GOD Bless
    Paul & Robin Wallace

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    Cindy Barrington says

    Wendy and David::

    Our families have been connected since 1962 – as Kenwood Village neighbors and with our dads being such good friends both at work and out. Your dad was a great guy and my dad will truly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of you.

    Cindy Williams Barrington

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    Joy Snyder says

    I am sad to learn of the passing of my longtime friend and neighbor, Dave….both of us for years in Kenwood Village raising our families there….Also such a big part of my church family at Trinity church…My Sincere Sympathy goes out to the entire Robertson family. Joy (Roorda) Snyder

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    Gary Thomas says

    Mr. Robertson always had a smile and interest in people. Seeing him was always uplifting. I looked forward to seeing him at HHS sporting events. It was like seeing family. I feel fortunate to have known him as he reminds me of how we should be. -Gary Thomas

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    Darryl Applegate says

    My deepest condolences to Dave and the rest of the Robertson family. I remember Mr. Robertson as a very nice man and a fixture at Hackettstown sporting events. May he rest in peace.

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    Mike Palko Sr says

    Sincerest condolences to the family. Mr. Robertson was such a vibrant and friendly man. I enjoyed seeing and talking with him on his walks around town and at Riverfront Park. He was a true Hackettstown man. I’ll remember him always.

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