Robin D. Ellison

RUTLAND, VT — Robin D. Ellison, 56, died unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Hanover, N.H., on July 22, 1957, the son of George F. and Nancy (Sprout) Ellison, and grew up in White River Jct., Vt.

Robin was a 1975 graduate of Hartford High School, earned his bachelor’s degree from Bates College in 1980 and his master’s from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1988.

He worked as a counselor for Rutland City Schools for several years. Previously, he had worked as a counselor at Woodstock Union High School, and coached cross-country ski teams at Woodstock, Lebanon, and Hanover High Schools. He was a mentor and source of inspiration for many young people through his work and coaching.

He was an avid cross-country skier, hiker, contra-dancer, and ultimate Frisbee player. Robin’s whimsical sense of humor was often displayed in productions by the Parish Players, Light Opera of Norwich, Open Fields Circus, and VPR’s Panther Players. He was a devoted follower of the Red Sox and student of the game of baseball.

Robin is survived by his brother, Walter Ellison and his wife Nancy Martin of Chestertown, Md., his sister, Gayle Ellison-Davis and her husband Barry Davis of Bloomfield, N.J., his niece Sophie Davis and nephew Ian Ellison, his step-mother Molly Lofgren of Duxbury, Mass., his step-sister Kristen Dennison and her family of Dover, Mass., his step-brother Eric Lofgren and his family of Lewisburg, Pa., and his dear friend Lisa Chapman of Rutland.

He was predeceased by his mother in 1985 and his father in 2012.

A memorial service will be held in March.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Robin Ellison J2 Championship scholarship fund at the New England Nordic Ski Association, 49 Pineland Dr, Suite 301A, New Gloucester, ME 04260 or the Rutland Community Cupboard, PO Box 1272-A, Rutland, VT 05701. Online condolences may be offered at