Robin L. Hackett

  • Born: October 27, 1965
  • Died: October 19, 2012
  • Location: Schenectady, NY, New York

Bond Funeral Home

1614 Guilderland Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12306

Tel. (518) 346-8424

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robin L. Hackett, 46, died Friday, October 19, 2012 at her home in Schenectady surrounded by her loving family. Born in Syracuse, Robin is the daughter of Sally Lewis Farrell and the late Glenn C. Hackett. A graduate of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Robin received her Bachelors degree from Hartwick College and also attended Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Robin worked as a chemist for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and also the NYS Department of Health for the past 19 years. Robin was a member of the congregation at Burnt Hills Baptist Church, the Schenectady Civic Players and the Society for Creative Anachronism. Robin is the beloved daughter of Sally (Lewis) Farrell of Clifton Park, the late Glenn C. Hackett and beloved step-daughter of the late Ted Farrell. Besides her mother, Robin is survived by long-time companion, Thomas R. Justin, II of Schenectady; her siblings; Glenn "Curt" Hackett Jr. (Laurie) of Bristow, VA, Wendy S. Hackett of Orlando, FL, Laurie A. Begnaud (André) of Schenectady and Christopher R. Farrell of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews Carolynn Hackett, Benjamin Hackett, René Begnaud and Cassandra Begnaud. A Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-8pm at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway & Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady . A memorial service for Robin will be held Wednesday, October 24 at 2 pm at the funeral home, Inurnment will take place at Vale Cemetery in Schenectady. A reception will follow at Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church Street, Schenectady. In lieu of flowers contributions in Robin's name can be made to the Schenectady Civic Players, 12 S. Church Street, Schenectady, NY 12305, the Burnt Hills Baptist Church, 193 Kingsley Rd. Burnt Hills, NY 12027 or to Community Hospice 1411 Union St. Schenectady, NY 12308. Robin's family would like to thank Doctor Tai and the staff at N.Y.O.H in Rexford and the staff at Ellis Health Center for their loving care.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I dropped 'The Wick' when I read of Robin's death. She was a housemate, friend, actress, bright light, full of laughter and whit and I'm in shock. To her friends and family you are all in my prayers.

Posted by Barbara Bouton Snyder - friend   May 31, 2013


I knew Robin at Hartwick College where we often acted together in short plays and scene study class. She was a wonderful presence on stage and a joy to act with. My heartfelt condolescences to her family and friends.

My God bless and keep her soul.

Posted by Robert Maley - Charlottesville, VA - Former Classmate   May 26, 2013


I was looking through facebook tonight, and saw a comment Robin (eLeri) wrote to something several months ago, and it brought her passing right back.

I didn't know eLeri that well, but I have known her for as long as I've been in the SCA.She was a wonderful person, always with a smile & a kind word. Her loss leaves a huge hole in the hearts of Concordia, Anglespur, and the whole Knowne World.

Rest in peace, eLeri. You are, and always will be, missed very much.

Posted by Bill Studdiford - North Greenbush, NY - Scadian Friend   November 03, 2012


Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and Tom at this difficult time.

Posted by DeniseRrudolph - Scotia, NY - Knew her in the SCA   November 01, 2012

Sally and family,
I was so sad to read of Robin's death. I was away for a few days, and saw the Gazette when I returned.
My sincerest condolences to all of you. She was a very talented young lady, and has left the world way too soon.
Mary Ann Sinnenberg and family.

Posted by Mary Ann Sinnenberg - Scotia, NY - Friend   October 31, 2012

you were one of the very first people I met when I arrived at college, and you were always in or near my biggest circle of friends. I had been enjoying our second round of friendship here on Facebook over the past two years. It ended far too soon.
To Robin's friends and family, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jack Vietas - MA   October 28, 2012

My dear Robin.... thank you for being a part of my life. So many great college memories, so much laughter. And truly amazing that I was able to discover you again, of all places, working together, in the same building, only floors apart. I was never a big believer in fate, but somehow this has made me believe there is/was a reason for our paths to recross. Not sure what it is just yet. But, I'm sure you'll remind me.

Posted by Jay Perrotte - Ravena, NY - College friend and co-worker   October 26, 2012


My deepest Sympathy to you and your family Sally. I didn't know Robin but if she is anything like you, she was a wonderful and caring person.

Posted by Rita Machin - Schenectady, NY   October 23, 2012

I met Robin when she moved from the Chemistry Lab to the Central office of the Department of Environmental Conservation. We were in one training class together. We also played Bocce Ball on the same team at the Division Picnic. Although Robin was a quiet person, she was part of our team at work.a part that will be missed. I am happy to have known her and I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Pamela J. Brown - Cohoes, NY - Co-Worker   October 23, 2012


Although still young, Robin showed such grace, wisdom and wit in every situation I ever saw her. It was always a pleasure to talk with her. Although I was not close to Robin, I know that those who knew her best and loved her miss her deeply. People like Robin serve as models to us all as to how we should treat each other. I am honored to have known her.

My sincere condolences to Robin's family. I wish you peace as you grieve and knowledge of the light she brought to the world, and in which she now dwells.

Posted by Rocky Bonsal - Niskayuna, NY - co-thespian   October 23, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. The news of losing one of our classmates is so sad and truely shows us how fragile life is.

Posted by Lisa (Jansen) Day - Burnt Hills, NY - BHBL High school   October 23, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. The news of lossing one of our classmates is so sad and truely shows us how fragile life is.

Posted by Lisa (Jansen) Day - Burnt Hills, NY - BHBL High school   October 23, 2012

Too soon, you left us too soon. Your brilliant smile and beautiful face will be remembered.
We loved you, and never told you enough.
Danabren & Hans

Posted by Leah & Bryan Lloyd - Lancaster, PA - Friends   October 23, 2012


My thoughts are with all Robin's family and dear friends at this time. It was too soon to lose her.

Posted by Rebecca (Killeen) Brown - HS Friend   October 23, 2012


May her memory be a blessing to everyone who knew her.

i will miss you.

Posted by Kirsten Houseknecht - philadelphia, PA - friend   October 23, 2012


Robin has always been a wonderful friend and a enthusiastic teacher for me.
She had a great gift; that of really listening then giving some of the best advice I have ever received from anyone. She taught me to not be afraid to cook for the many. Because she was such a warm and helpful mentor, cooking for others is now what I love to do. Her spirit is one of the most encouraging that I have ever known. I will miss you so very much, Robin.

My heart goes out to Tom, her family, and friends.
I am sure her light will shine in all of us.

Posted by Deb Dorsey aka Deirdre - Scotia, NY - Friend   October 23, 2012


Sally and Tom,
Robin was a nice and sweet person and I will miss our long conversations. She made me feel welcome when I started volunteering at Schenectady Civic Players and years later with the SCA. She had a huge heart and words can't express the lost of a daughter and a companion. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Robin will be missed.

Felecia Wescott

Posted by Felecia Wescott - Schenectady, NY - Friend   October 23, 2012


Praying for Family And Friends. Remembering what a Lovely girl Robin was, and I know she Is blessed to be with her God. Many Blessings, Sonya

Posted by Sonya (Cardi) Young - wrightsville beach, NC - highschool friend   October 23, 2012

We only met fleetingly, but her grace and kindness truly meant the world to us. We wish you all much love at the passing of such a kind and gracious person.
Josh and Mina -East Kingdom

Posted by Chantal and John - Hyde Park, NY   October 23, 2012

So sooty to hear about robin. I graduated from burnt hills wih robin. I remember her being a very sweet person. Thinking of her family during this difficult time.

Posted by Pepper "Schwartz" lisieski - Avon, NY - High school friend   October 22, 2012

We became Robin and Tom's neighbors 7 years ago, after we purchased and moved into Robin's mother's house, just two doors down... As in most urban neighborhoods, we all tend to go about our lives with sporadic contacts with the people we share a city block with but running into Tom and Robin has always been a pleasure and the only thing that could brighten up Parkwood Boulevard more than Robin's smile, was when Sally was there as well and the warmth and joy were doubled!
To Sally, Tom, all the family, friends and Loved Ones: we offer our deepest condolences and our hearts are with you in this difficult time.

Anne-Marie and Jason

Posted by Anne-Marie Serre and Jason Keith - Schenectady, NY - Neighbors   October 22, 2012

Robin was one of my earliest childhood friends on Willow Lane. I will remember her from Pashley School, performing the lead in Lil Abner her senior year, and dancing the role of Dorothy with my little sister as one of the munchkins that same spring. A lovely, creative, joyful girl. My condolences to her family and loved ones.

Posted by Anne Lindyberg - Rochester, NY - childhood friend and classmate   October 22, 2012


Robin was one of the most gracious, kind and gentle souls I have ever known. I first met her many years ago in the SCA, and I was honored to be her friend. Knowing her enriched my life in many ways. My deepest sympathies to her family, Tom and her friends.


Posted by Elizabeth Dunhom - Easton, PA - Friend   October 22, 2012

Tom I am so sorry for your lost, my condolences go out to you and Robin's family......blessings to you all

Posted by Camesha Hill - Albany, NY   October 22, 2012


Sally: I can't imagine what you and your family are going through loosing a child and sibling. I remember Robin growing up on Willow Lane along with my boys. Condolences and prayers to you all.

Posted by Carolyn DeWeese - Salem, NY - neighbor   October 22, 2012


My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Posted by Dennis Greenaway aka Denys the Decadent - Lock Haven, PA - friend from SCA/Pennsic   October 22, 2012

My time at NYSDEC is highlighted by the couple of years my desk was next to Robin's. Every day she would greet me with a smile, and we would talk like we had been friends for life. She was full of inspiration, humor, technicaly knowledge (which I utilized many times), and entertaining stories of SCA trips, SCP productions, and the two recent feline additions to her home. Robin's warmth and positivity were just simply unparalleled. When she fell ill, I mourned her absence; work is much less fun with her gone. I, like Robin I'm sure, remained optimistic until I heard the news today. My deepest, most heartfelt condolences go out to her family, and her world of friends who have been deeply touched by such a funny, warm, and beautiful person.

Posted by Kiera Thompson - Albany, NY - Friend/Co-worker   October 22, 2012

I am very sorry to learn of Robin's passing. She was a kind, spirited and very talented person. I recently had learned of her illness. My deepest condolences to her family, and to you as well Tom.

Posted by John Kuster - Pelham, NY - BHBL High School Friend   October 22, 2012


As we pick the loveliest flowers from our gardens, so God picks the lovliest flowers from HIS and he chose Robin. I have known Robin since she was born and a lovlier child I have seldom known. She was an inspiration to all who have known her and I will miss her. Sally, Wendy, Curt, Tom and all of her friends and relatives----I am praying for all every day and I know Robin is now in a beautiful place shining her beautiful smile down on all of us.
Love and hugs, Jackie

Posted by Jackie Warner - Winter Park, FL - Friend   October 22, 2012

Robin was one of the most lovely and gracious people I've ever known. I know she's somewhere where there are friends and family, warmth, laughter, and she's cooking a wondeful meal. She will be sorely missed.

Posted by Derek McNiff - Boston, MA - Friend   October 22, 2012

Looking back to my first encounter, I recall Robin, eLeri, Baroness of Concordia, where, presiding over court, her quick wit and banter with Baron Emerson kept the populous entertained and gave me a reason to participate in the SCA. I later discovered Robin was fellow chemist at the DEC where our paths occasionally crossed; I always felt richer for our encounter.

Robin exemplified grace and joy, faced her challenges with courage, optimism and hope, and despite her illness, always offered a welcoming smile, a laugh and comfort to others in need.

May Robin's soul be forever blessed. We will miss her.


Posted by John Munn - Troy, NY - Friend   October 22, 2012

I wrote this to my colleages and friends at work, (DEC), where I had the priviledge of reconnecting with Robin through the last several years. She was a kind, sweet soul. Taken from us too early, but I know she is free of her pain, and smiling at us, as we think of her today.
A longtime friend of mine, Robin Hackett passed away yesterday (Fri) after a relapse with cancer. Robin worked in my Division at DEC. She also graduated with me from BHBL in 1983.

Robin was very bright. I was in classes with her since 7th grade with all the alledgedly "smart" kids, about half of whom, became Doctors or PHd's. I re-connected with her about 8 years ago, when I got into DEC. We laughed, that we became under-achievers as State workers, as we spoke about friends from high scholl that we still kept in touch with. She had gone into remission a few years ago after rigorous treatments, right around the time when Sophie's Mom (My spouse Mary) was diagnosed with cancer. So, Robin was a very strong influence, spiritual advisor, and inspiration to me at the time. Unfortunately, Robin had a relapse several months ago, battled again, but this time, lost to this terrible disease. But now, my faith tells me she is finally at peace.

I wrote to Robin's sister, whom I also recall from HS, earlier; .... All I can think about right now is the pleasant memory of a sweet, caring, loving person. She touched many people. I told my boss earlier today when I learned of Robin's passing, he replied: "She was a great woman, never met nicer ..."

I will tell you a longer story someday about this song, on my 'all-time favorites' playlist, by my all-time favorite artist, Eddie Vedder. It is the melody of my soul. Listen carefullly to the words. This week, when I listen to it, I will think of Robin, too, on the 3rd anniversary of my Mary's passing - 3 years ago this coming week (Oct 28).

When you hear me say 'I'm a lucky man' (... to count on both hands...) you will know what I mean.

"See you on the other side..." Robin.

Posted by Dennis Pokrzywka - Burnt Hills NY, NY - Friend,Co-worker,BHBL Classmate   October 22, 2012


Though I wish I had known Robin (eLeri) better, I have always admired her grace and friendliness. She was never too busy for a warm greeting, and her genuine smile lit up the room. She was a fine example of courtesy and nobility, and I will miss her. My sincere sympathy to all who loved her.

Posted by Susan Kell (Ygraine) - Natick, MA - friend in the SCA   October 22, 2012

On behalf of the Class of 1983 at BHBL - A wonderful classmate, very involved and friend to many. Best to all Robin's loved ones - God bless and RIP Robin!

Posted by Scott Germain - Burnt Hills, NY - Classmate   October 22, 2012


Tom... I am so very sorry for your loss. She will continue to live on in your heart and watch over you.

Posted by Christine Garhartt - Colonie, NY   October 22, 2012


I remember many years ago, when we were in our 20's Robin came with two other friends to Syracuse to see a Rolling Stones concert. I was living there at the time and had everyone back to my apartment for breakfast after the show. I made omelets seasoned with, amongst other ingredients, mustard and dill . Years later at a WOR, Robin told me that she often added those two spices to her omelets and thought of me every time she did. I now call that omelet the eLeri omelet in my head when I make it. She is a beautiful soul and I will miss her greatly. I am grateful for having known her and I know my life is richer forit.

Posted by M'elle Pirri-Lee - Glen, NY - Friend   October 22, 2012

I'm so glad I got to know Robin! Taking care of her and getting to know her was a great joy. Thank you Robin for enriching my life! R.I.P. my friend.

Posted by Linda Parker - Schenectady, NY - friend   October 22, 2012


Robin was always quit with a smile even if she was advising me not to go through with a bonehead plan. Working with Robin was a joy and her light fun personality made the chores seem like rewards.She always gave me good advice. I will miss her. I am absolutely better for having known her and she lived her life to the fullest.

Sleep tight Robin.

Posted by john haren - high bridge, NJ - Friend.   October 22, 2012

I truly believe that I am a better person for knowing her. She inspired everyone with her wit and her smile.

Posted by Michel - Braintree, MA - Friend   October 22, 2012

Robin had a great sense of humor and could find the silver lining or a laugh in the late night hours while studying in Miller Hall at Hartwick. Robin and her friends Cheryl Plummer and Julie Staley were the Trifecta on the chemistry floor, although Robin's laugh was the loudest.

Posted by Rick Baum - Arlington, VT - Friend   October 22, 2012


Robin was one of my very first friends and we spent many hours together on Willow Lane. I have nothing but fond, wonderful memories of her. I was very happy to reconnect with Robin through Facebook and I loved that we were able to "catch up" there. Rest in peace my friend! My prayers to all of your family.

Posted by Linda Felczak Hunt - Charlton, NY - Childhood Friend   October 22, 2012

To Robin's family and to Tom: my deepest and most sincere condolences. I remember her beautiful smile and sweet kindness. She was truly a beautiful person inside and out.

Posted by Vanessa Jonsson Gilmore - Burnt Hills, NY - BH - BL HS   October 22, 2012


Condolances to all those closest to Robin, be they family or dear and lifetime friends. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. Remember she will live in our fondest memories.


Posted by Penny Supina - Schenectady, NY - Friend   October 22, 2012


I am deeply sorry for your loss. She really was a one-of-a-kind person!!

Posted by Jennifer Haley (frigga) - Saratoga Springs, NY - friend   October 22, 2012

I am greatly affected by her passing. And although I did not spend as much time with Robin as I would have liked, whenever life conspired for us to see each other, she always had an easy smile that emanated genuine warmth, as was her way. She was undoubtedly always welcoming and sincere, each and every time leaving me looking forward to our next meeting. She will be greatly missed!!

Posted by Jen Haley - Saratoga Springs, NY - friend   October 21, 2012


'Such a warm and generous spirit! Her graceful (and brave) nature touched me, and I am better for having felt it.

Thank you, Robin. You will be missed.

Posted by Elizabeth Strum (Elisabeth Greenleaf) - Kingston, NY - friend   October 21, 2012


I am deeply saddened by Robin's passing. I will miss her greatly. Robin had a way of making people feel welcome by giving the best greetings. She always made it seem like she was so happy to see everyone, as I guess she was.

Posted by Brian Starke - Delanson, NY - Friend   October 21, 2012


Robin was smart, beautiful, talented - I always picture her beautiful smile and joyous laugh. My sympathies to all of her family and loved ones. I am so very sorry for your loss. Robin's memory will be with us all forever. I feel blessed to have been her friend in high school.

Posted by Kathleen Homic Rogan - Johnson City, TN - high school friend   October 21, 2012

I remember Robins, enthutiasm and passion for the theatre, there was never a production that she was not involved in during school. My deepest symphathy for her family and close friends.

Posted by Crystal Rowledge - balla vista, AR - friend   October 21, 2012


I am sorry I didn't know Robin. I did know her brother Curt in school. My deepest sympathies go out to her all of her loved ones.

Posted by Lisa (Van Pelt) Bauer - Laconia, NH - Friend to Curt in HS   October 21, 2012


I have fond memories of Robin from HS at BH-BL and am shocked to learn of her passing. My heart goes out to her family and deepest condolences. She is now watching over us all.

Posted by Felicia Benson-Kraft - Maywood, NJ   October 21, 2012


Sweet Lady, take your ease in the arms of the Angels. You've earned your rest. We, whose lives you touched, are better for the knowing.
A more fun & graceful woman, I have yet to meet. Please accept the tears that are shed. Remember, just how much you are valued & loved.
Til we may meet again...Merry part.

Posted by Heather Moss - Hudson Falls, NY - SCA friend   October 21, 2012


You are my Diva, my Goddess, and person I want to be when I grow up. You will forever be the positive voice in my head and for that I can never repay you. I hope that you are dancing with the Goddess.

Posted by Becca Damour - Albany, NY - Friend   October 21, 2012

I only knew Robin as eLeri, through SCA events and correspondence, and every one of my memories is of fun conversations on many an interesting topic. A brilliant mind matched with a sweet disposition.

Our world shone more brightly for her presence, but what can such loveliness pass into but greater loveliness still.

My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones.


Posted by Alayne - Kingston, NY - friend   October 21, 2012

Robin literally taught me courtesy, and not just by her example. We debated the term itself, and I have come to cherish her definition: gladly assuming the mantle of responsibility for putting others at their ease.

In the many years following those first talks, I watched her brave many trials and tragedies unflinchingly. There was nothing theoretical in her commitment to her values and her community. And more, she had a rare gift for grace and loving - a gift that lit candles of hope in others.

Thus that remarkable smile of hers betokened not just friendship but a heart of gold and a healing sincerity. I do not mourn her passing, per se, for she needed to find her peace. And she shall live on in the hearts of all those she has touched so deeply. I mourn that never again will the coming of summer be heralded by her unparalleled smile.

Posted by T.C. Clare (Tristan le Chanticler) - Philadelphia, PA - friend   October 21, 2012

I did not know Robin well or for very long but she made me feel like a friend. For the time that I knew her, I was touched by her kindness. I never heard her complain about her situation or say an unkind word about anyone. My deepest condolences go out to her family and friends. I know she will be greatly missed.

A. Yeboah (phaedra kenz-el khafi)

Posted by A. Yeboah - Albany, NY   October 21, 2012

My heart is aching for your loss. I wrote Robin a letter that likely came too late, but I hope it brings some comfort to Tom and her family. For those lucky enough to have known her, Robin will always be in our hearts, smiling her warm smile and making us laugh with her wicked sense of humor. Be at peace, Robin, and may the angels watch over you always.

Posted by Eileen & Mark Miller, aka Lina & Bedawyr - Apex, NC - friends   October 21, 2012

Where do I begin... we shared some many special times in high school. Field Hockey, long hours on Sweetman Rd., a million cats running around your house, fritos and chocolate frosting, endless teenage secrets,Spartan Spotlight, your visits to me at college. The time and distance drifted us apart, but I will always cherish your friendship and beautiful memories. Rest in peace.

Posted by Barbara Beninati-Yablon - Katonah, NY - High School Friend   October 21, 2012


"Eyes are the mirror of the soul." Robin's eyes always smiled first and served to light the exchange. The light is out, the exchange over, and the day is dimmer because of it. The memory lives and lights the darkness of her absence. My life is a better place for having stood in the warmth of her light.

Posted by Wayne (Pierre de Tours) Spinaci - Hudson, NY - Friend   October 21, 2012


I first met Mistress eLeri several years ago through the SCA ~ she was an amazing woman then with her warm giving spirit, quick wit and generous smile. Since then I was blessed to meet her at several events and work with her on a few SCA events. The more you got to know her the more wondrous she was. She is truly inspirational and I feel blessed that I was lucky enough to know her. May the gods hold you in the center of their hearts as you wing along the rainbow bridge.
Brightest Blessings with love
Lady Katryne Morgant
mka Shelley McKinnon

Posted by Shelley McKinnon - Schylerville, NY - friend   October 21, 2012

Your infectious smile will always burn bright, guiding the way and bringing comfort to others. You were a very special gift to this world and we are all richer for it. Farewell eLeri.

Posted by Claire Siconolfi / Isabel Chamberlaine - Clifton Park, NY   October 21, 2012

Sweeter, gentler ladies you will seldom find. She fought the hard fight my late husband fought. Rest in peace, Robin. Rest from your hard battle, and may Brian (Willie) be there to hold the door open for you.

Posted by Ana Keveney - Jackson Heights, NY - Friend   October 21, 2012

My deepest condolences on your loss - she was an inspiration to us all.

Lisa Evans
(Mistress Sarah Davies)

Posted by Lisa Evans - Easthampton, MA - Fellow SCAdian   October 21, 2012

Leri, there was never a time you did not have a welcoming smile or an encouraging word to those around you. You didn't look at people and see misfits or what they could do wrong.. instead you saw what was good and what they could do better.. you brought out the best in us as a community. You made us into a family instead of just a group of people who socialized. For myself, an awkward person who felt so unsure of herself you always gave me warmth and made me feel i belonged... your light will be missed but not forgotten. May the angels fly you to the heavens and smile as you watch over that which you loved so much.


Posted by Shannon Mulstay - GUILDERLAND, NY - friend   October 21, 2012

Robin was a rare soul...she never held back when asked to give of her time, energy, and other gifts. Yet no matter how many responsibilities she had, she never lacked a smile for me. And that smile was always warm and cheerful and made me feel welcome in her life. I will always treasure her memory and someday believe I will see that warm smile again.

Posted by Susan J. O'Dee - Highland, NY - Friend   October 21, 2012

Robin (eLeri) was a friend and inspiration. Beautiful, inspiring, witty, the epitome of graciousness. In teh SCA we have a term, "Peer Like Qualities." She personified those qualities. I am so glad I knew her and will miss her terribly. Thank you for sharing your life with us, Robin.

Posted by Ernie Martinez - Danbury, CT - Friend   October 21, 2012

I will forever cherish my memories of Robin. High School.... theater... SCA... biker show tunes at Roses. You will live on through all of us you have touched. Be at peace.

Posted by Rob Williams - schenectady, NY - friend   October 21, 2012


I was not a very close friend of Robin's but I did know and regularly see and speak with her for more than two decades. In all that time, I never saw or heard anything but graciousness and generosity from her. Robin was the light in every room, and each of her smiles felt like a little gift intended only for you. And she smiled often! I feel so shocked and heartbroken to hear of her passing. Henceforth the world will be a little sadder... a little dimmer. My prayers for all who grieve for this kind, intelligent lady. For Robin herself I have no doubts... she is now where my beloved grandmother went, 23 years ago today. I am lighting this candle for the both of them.

Posted by Maria Foss a/k/a Marea - Wynantskill, NY - friend   October 21, 2012

This woman was one of the most beautiful, kind, encouraging people I knew. She was an inspiration to so many... and she will continue to inspire. She will live on in my heart, as I know she will live on in many others.

You were, are, and always will be loved, eLeri. Thank you for everything you have done and everything you have given us.

Posted by Laura Munn - Rensselaer, NY - friend   October 21, 2012

I knew Robin's mom before I knew her, but during all the years we were connected in the SCA we were much closer than I ever was with her mom. I will miss you leri!

Posted by Hilary Buckland - Schenectady, NY - Friend   October 21, 2012


I will cherish Robin in my heart always. She was always an amazing friend and a true inspiration. Such an awesome woman who I am sure is in Heaven watching over us all.

Posted by Ken Anders - Windermere,, FL - friend   October 21, 2012

I don't think I ever saw her without a smile. Robin was one of the kindest souls I have ever met. When I was young and new in the SCA, I learned so much from her, whether she ever knew it or not.

May the angels sing thee to thy rest.

Posted by Virginia Bennett    October 21, 2012


Robin will be sorely missed and never forgotten. She touched so many lives and so many hearts, both as Robin Hackett and as Mistress eLeri.

Posted by Melissa Schuman    October 21, 2012

I will always remember her as being quick with a smile and always willing to help.

As another friend said, you'd couldn't go wrong pointing to her as en example of how to live and play.

Posted by Bill Toscano - Glens Falls, NY - Friend   October 21, 2012