NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. -- Robin Joseph Dashnaw, age 30, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at his home in New York City, N.Y.
He was born Sept. 21, 1982, the son of Joan and Michael Dashnaw of Argyle, N.Y.
Robin grew up in the country in upstate New York with his twin brother, Joel, and his older sister, Sarah. He attended Argyle Central School, graduating in 2001 after completing his senior year at Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, N.Y. His interest and ability in art surfaced early. While in high school, he had several pieces of his work included in the Annual Student Show at the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, N.Y.
After the birth of his daughter, Ada, he attended Rochester Institute of Technology. While in college, he had positions as a senior staff artist for the RIT Center for Campus Life, an industrial designer of David Cooper Associates in Pittsford, N.Y., was a design intern at Adirondack Studios in Argyle, N.Y., and had an internship with Johnson and Johnson in Skillman, N.J. He graduated with a degree in industrial design in 2007 and was subsequently hired by Hoberman Associates in New York City, where he worked for the next five years as an industrial designer and associate creative director.
Robin was always drawing. He loved music, drumming with friends in a band throughout high school. He found the museums, art, architecture and life of the city stimulating, but he also enjoyed the outdoors, escaping from the city when he could to go hiking with his father and brother. He was a strong hiker. One of his most special qualities was his way with children, especially his daughter, Ada, whom he loved beyond all else.
Robin is survived by his daughter, Ada Blakely, her mother, Emily Blakely, of New York, N.Y.; his parents, Michael and Joan Dashnaw of Argyle, N.Y.; his twin brother Joel, of Jamaica Plain, Mass.; his sister, Sarah (Patrick) Burton, and their children, Noah and Naomi of Preston, Conn.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Marvin Dashnaw and Ann McLean, and his maternal grandparents, Tadeusz and Marjorie Januszkiewicz.
A time to remember and celebrate his life will be scheduled this spring.
In memory of Robin, donations can be made to Trustco Bank, 3750 Burgoyne Ave., Hudson Falls, NY 12839 to start a college fund for his daughter, Ada Blakely.