John David Robb

August 11, 1935 - December 30, 2016

08/11/1935 - 12/30/2016

Past Services

Wednesday January 11, 2017
2:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions

Hearts and stock prices dropped sharply on the news of John ‘JD’ Robb’s, 81, passing on Friday, December 30, 2016. JD was born in Dallas, TX to the late Helena Knott Robb and David Young Robb. He graduated from SMU, was a member of Phi Delta Fraternity, an Eagle Scout, a veteran of the US Navy, and had a long and distinguished career on Wall Street. His interests and talents were many; jazz, opera, bridge, woodworking, model train displays, skiing, and golf.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 58 years, Patricia Jo Robb; children, John David Robb, Jr. of Terlingua, TX, Mitchell Ries Robb of Richardson TX, and Anna Bowen Fitzgerald and her husband John of Chesapeake, VA; brother, Don Robb and his wife Suzy of Dallas, TX; and sister-in-law, Frances White and her husband Lew of Staunton, VA.
The family will be celebrating JD’s life on Wednesday, January 11th, at 2:00pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake. JD took fashion cues from no one. Like JD, the attire will be smart, cool casual. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Music Therapy Association or the Brain Injury Association of VA. Express condolences to the family at

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Janice Pickett
6 years ago

Mrs Robb, I am so sorry about Mr Robb. I have known your family forever, I have fond memories of J.D.

kurtis and lisa stubblefield
6 years ago

mrs. robb, so sorry for your loss. it was an honor to spend time with jd whenever you folks were down here visiting mitchell. wish we could have spent more time with him. i knew the first time i met him that he was a good man. please know that you and your family have been, and will continue to be in our prayers. will ask mitchell to give you a big hug from us.

Fanny and Bill Marble/ Colorado
6 years ago

Dear Pat and Family
So Sorry to hear about JD. All our heart felt condolences. Remembering all the good times here with Dept 56. Fanny & Bill Marble

Bill Trice
6 years ago

So shocked by the news!!! Always looked forward to what JD would have to say upon delivering a package or hold mail to the door. Joan & I will keep all in prayer during this trying time.

Ron and Betty Best
6 years ago

Pat, Fran, Lew–We so sorry to hear of JD’s death. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Betty Dovel
6 years ago

Charlie & I are so sorry to hear that you have lost JD!! We loved having you all as our neighbor and we were sorry to see you all leave Berkeley Drive! He was a pleasure to talk to and listen to his stories & attend his yard sales!! We send our love. Take care of yourself and come to visit us!!

Joy Loving and Lloyd Pollitt
6 years ago

Pat, Anna, John David, and Mitchell,
We have such wonderful memories of JD and cherish the times we were able to spend with him. We were grateful to be among the guests at the big wedding anniversary bash some years back and would not miss the opportunity to say farewell on Saturday. We are so sorry for your loss. Knowing JD was both an honor and a pleasure. We will miss him.

Karla and Bill Richards
6 years ago

John David Robb was my eldest first cousin and four years my senior. My best memories of him were always those shared at Christmas – extended family gatherings at his parent’s home in Dallas on Oak Cliff Blvd. Many years later, when I lived in NYC with my husband, Bill and our son, Logan, we spent a delightful day and evening with JD and family at their home in New Jersey. We returned the favor by meeting them at the Natural History Museum in Manhattan and then served them homemade chili in our quaint apt. We moved to California and he and his family moved to Houston. We never had the opportunity to visit again, but I still remember his graciousness and charm, and the fun that was to be had in his company. Godspeed, John David. With our sincere condolences, peace and love to Pat, Johnny, Mitchell and Anna.

rick bauchman
6 years ago

A great mentor and friend

Rob Canning
6 years ago

There are no adequate words.