on December 23, 2013 - 8:44 PM
April 21, 1930 – Dec. 21, 2013
Randolph Larkin Robb Sr. of East Aurora, a retired businessman, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of the Nichols School, where he was captain of the varsity soccer team. Mr. Robb also attended Brown University in Providence, R.I., then served in the Naval Reserve before completing his college education at the University of Buffalo.
A grandson of John D. Larkin, founder of the Larkin Co., Mr. Robb started his business career at the Larkin Warehouse Co. in the late 1940s.
He was later employed at Marine Midland Bank before he and his brother, David, went into business as the owners of Ballou Plumbling Supply Co. He retired in the mid-1980s.
Mr. Robb was a former member of the Tennis and Squash Club and a member of the U.S. squash team that won the Lapham Cup trophy against Canada in the 1960s.
In 1969, he was the 12-gauge World Champion skeet shooter and the Canadian National Champion in the 20-gauge skeet shooting competition.
He also was a two-time New York State 410-gauge champion. In 1970, he was named to the All American Skeet Team by Sports Afield magazine and was a member of the Western New York five-person team that won various skeet shooting titles across the world.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Patricia Forman; two sons, Lawrence F. and Randolph L. Jr.; a daughter, Cynthia Robb Buechler; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.