Blackson Sr, Robert L.
Robert L. Blackson Sr, “RB”, of Greenwich, Ct. Died peacefully on August 5, 2015 at the age of 85.
Born in Greenwich on September 19, 1929 to Andrew and Mary Foster Blackson, “RB,” was something of a local legend and well known as the expert “Harley Davidson” mechanic of the tri-state area.
RB, “Hawk” was a champion motorcycle racer and the first black Harley Davidson Sportster Championship winner in 1968.
RB was an avid skier and a member of the River Hills Ski Club in Shelburne VT. Bob skied in Austria, France, Park City, Lake Louise, Canada and points in between, winning numerous competitions in downhill and giant slalom in the 65 and over category.
Robert was a life-long resident of Greenwich, a Greenwich High School honors graduate and a 31 year employee of Pitney Bows where he was head machinist and foreman. He was a hard worker working at many local companies such as the Greenwich Coal Company, Arnold’s bakery, Yale and Town, Ransome Motorcycles , and the Greenwich Police Department’s Silver Shield among others.
Not only was Robert an accomplished jazz pianist, flutist, and alto sax player playing with several bands in the local area, but he was also an accomplished Latin dancer, traveling often to NYC with his wife, Mercedes to hit the Latin clubs and dance floors where they won several dance competitions.
Robert was a supporter of the 1960’s civil rights movement and participated in the 1963 March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King. RB never let race deter him and served as an example and inspiration to younger generations. Bob was a body building enthusiast, hitting the gym three times a week until well into his late 70’s. Robert was also an excellent skeet shooter.
Robert was a kind man, well liked and respected by everyone he met. He was a devoted father and a loving husband and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mercedes Moody Blackson of Greenwich, His Daughter Rita Rubino of Greenwich, His Son in Law, Daniel Rubino of Greenwich, his stepson Eric Vaughn of Henderson NV, his sisters in law Lula Ann Ingram Blackson of Stamford, Ct and Julia Oliver of Douglasville, GA, his brother in law Cecil Moody of College Park GA, brother in law Bruce Moody and wife Sandra, his nieces and surrogate daughters Marlene Colburn Petricone of Nyack NY, Deborah Colburn Rodriguez of Atlanta GA and Denise Colburn Gunter of Atlanta GA and by his faithful dog Oswald. Robert was predeceased by his brother Warren Blackson and his children Robert Blackson Jr., Wayne Blackson, Gayle Blackson, Cheryl Blackson Burks, Donna “Bonnie” Blackson Zebrowski and grandson D’Artagnan. He leaves behind sixteen grandchildren: Ryan, Tanya, Tashana, Wayne, Jamal, Justin, Siobahn, Michael, Jermain, Hiawatha, Chantal, Delores, Derek, Chimere and Shakerra, Jamil and several great grandchildren.
Special thanks to the marvelous and patient staff at the Greenwich Woods Health Care Center.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday November 7,2015 at 5:00pm at the
Tomes Higgins House, 216 East Putnam Ave. Grenwich, CT 06830.
Email Rita40@optonline.net for more information or go toRBBlackson@facebook.com