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Sad News - Roger Robinson - We Lost A Great One!

Sad News - Roger Robinson - We Lost A Great One!

Roger Robinson Died... What???

Robinsonb2ap3 thumbnail ML2014I was just blind-sided hearing the news that the home inspection world has just lost one of the great ones. Yes, Roger Robinson from Oakland, Northern California died of pneumonia and a heart attack on October 2, 2014. He was just 69 years old and the news was reported as being a shock to his immediate family.

There are a couple dozen home inspectors who really had a huge impact on my formative inspection years, and Roger was one of them.  We would regularly see each other at ASHI and CREIA conferences and he always made time for me. Why? Well I had some pretty incredible introductions and Roger welcomed me right into his circle of influence with the biggest smile and genuine care. Roger had a way of making me feel very important and he listened to my questions and offered pure golden advice. I have tried to emulate that kindness, but with me it takes more work. For Roger, it was a gift... Yes, his was a gift of kindness and he readily shared it with others.

Roger was a well respected leader in the home inspection community. He served as the Chapter President of both the Golden Gate ASHI and the Northern California CREIA chapters, as well as serving as the President of CREIA. This means that he served with leaders of both the American Society of Home Inspectors and the California Real Estate Inspectors Association. This was no small feat, but Roger was able to play well in the sandboxes of two separate associations. Not everybody is cut out for that task, but Roger represented the home inspection well in his leadership capacity.

a1sx2 Thumbnail1 RobinsonHouseCheckBack in about 2005, Roger paired up to write a great flip-book with about 40 pages of home related issues where his gave the symptom, the cause or significance, and what to do. Titled, "House Check - Finding and Fixing Household Problems," Roger was on the forefront of getting home inspectors to expand their report writing skills to not only identify the issues, but to give the client a sense of the importance of the issue and a course of action what to do next. This was a totally new concept at the time and Roger was out there bleeding on the cutting edge and made a significant impact to home inspectors. I still treasure my autographed copy that Roger gave me at a CREIA conference. I referred to it regularly in my Monday Morning Messenger newsletter which I shared with inspectors from around the country.

And while some inspectors are great home inspectors, and others are great leaders, Mike Sterling said it best with, "He was my friend." I second those feelings. Roger, I will miss your smile, encouragement, and friendship! I pray that his surviving loved ones will be comforted as they learn to live without seeing his smile each day. And until we see each other again on the other side, Roger I will miss you my friend!!!

Michael Leavitt - Orem, Utah

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