David Robotham

November 1, 1951 - February 20, 2012
David Robotham


David Ray Robotham, passed away Monday, February 20 at his home in Wrightsville Beach NC.

He was preceded by his loving mother Peggy Manchester, father Gordan Robotham and Stepfather Paul Manchester. He is survived by Half Brother Richard Robotham.

David was raised in Westport Ct. where he distinguished himself as a young Sea Scout and starting a successful scuba salvage company, SOS.
He attended Roanoke College in Salem Va. and earned a BS in Biology. After returning to Westport, David started Sound Island Lobster Company, fishing for lobsters, selling them in his seafood stores and restaurant.
Following a move to Wrightsville Beach to be with his Mother Peggy he started Robotham Marine Surveyors and had a successful career appraising and surveying boats. He also served several years as a President of NAMS, a respected marine surveying organization.
David had a great passion for cooking, gardening, painting and entertaining. But it was his love of the ocean as a Master Diver, seaman and marine expert that was most admired by his many friends.
Capt. Dave we love you.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Wilmington Sea Scouts.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am Saturday at St. Andrews-On-the-Sound Episcopal Church, 101 Airlie Rd. Wilmington, NC.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • April 04, 2012
    Thomas D. Laing, Jr. says:
    I knew David for a long time. He was a friend, colleague and a good guy. I will miss his wit and humor. Tommy