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Friends and family of pilot Anthony Robinson and his wife Regina have been left stunned by their deaths following an apparent domestic dispute in their St George's home.

“They had their problems, but no matter what went on between them, when they came out it was always a unified front,” a source close to the two told The Royal Gazette.

“Everyone says you don't know what goes on behind closed doors but this has left everyone in shock.”

The Robinsons were recalled as a generous and sociable couple who would have been married six years this June.

But an impending separation may have triggered the disturbance at their Wellington Slip Road residence on Sunday night.

The Royal Gazette understands that family members discovered their bodies at the home on Monday, following a confrontation that an area resident said was reported to police — although authorities have not confirmed whether officers attended the residence.

The St George's neighbourhood where they lived and the Island's piloting community have been left in shock by their loss.

Mr Robinson, 49, originally from the Dock Hill area, was a respected harbour pilot at Marine and Ports, while Mrs Robinson, a St Georgian, worked as an accounts analyst for Amlin Bermuda.

Deputy pilot warden Mario Thompson, who worked alongside Mr Robinson, said his death had left the nine-man crew of the pilot vessel “totally devastated”.

Laurie Tait, commodore at the Mid-Atlantic Boat Club where Mr Robinson had served as commodore, offered condolences to both families on behalf of the club — while Mr Thompson said he was “deeply saddened by the news and circumstances of the death”.

“Pilot Robinson has been an employee of more than 20 years at Marine and Ports, starting under the leadership of pilot warden Keith Battersbee.

“He had friends throughout the globe. He built up a rapport with all the officers of the ships that came to Bermuda. It wasn't uncommon for him to take out the captain of a visiting cruise ship for a social break or offer him fish or lobster. That's the type of guy he was — a caring person who enjoyed life.”

Mrs Robinson shared her husband's passion for good food and socialising, creating her own cocktails and sharing their home with a wide network of friends.

A relative, who requested not to be named, recalled her as a carefree woman whose favourite expression was “no worries”.

“She was just happy; she didn't let nothing stress her out. She loved to cook and was always sharing food. She was enjoying life — you know how it is when you raise your children and get your own life back.”

Both had children from previous marriages: Mr Robinson is survived by son Malik and daughter Malae, and Mrs Robinson had sons Shakai and Mikyle.

The two enjoyed travel, with a timeshare home near Miami, Florida; Mrs Robinson also travelled with friends to the island of Saint Martin.

The couple's home would become an open party around Cup Match.

“Everybody would come round — stepchildren, half sisters and brothers; it didn't matter,” the relative said. “It didn't matter — the way they were, if you were family you were family. And if you told Regina you needed help, she was there. Anthony too.

“People can't believe this — you feel like you're in a dream and you can't wake up.”

Meanwhile, Amlin Bermuda CEO Rob Wyatt told The Royal Gazette: “On behalf of everyone at Amlin Bermuda I would like to express our sadness at yesterday's tragic events. We are all deeply shocked at the loss of a much loved colleague.

“Regina was a cherished member of our Amlin Bermuda family and will be deeply missed. My colleagues and I would like to extend our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to both Regina and Anthony's families and to all their friends and colleagues.”

Along with boating and deep sea fishing, Mr Robinson was a keen fan of sports, particularly NASCAR racing, Mr Thompson recalled.

“He was dedicated to his children and shared a lot of time with them — kite flying was one of the things he enjoyed with his children. And Anthony was always to be seen with his wife at the various social events we held.”

Added Mr Thompson: “Pilot Robinson was a wonderful person, always considerate to his friends. He was an outspoken person, a very professional and respected pilot who shared his knowledge of the job.”

He said he had spoken to Mr Robinson on Sunday night at about 8pm to prepare for their morning's work together and had “a wonderful conversation” with no hint of trouble — but had received no answer when he called on Monday morning.

“It's going to be sad without him. We're just trying to uphold each other right now. We're a small fraternity — there are only nine of us.”

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Published March 12, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 12, 2014 at 10:37 am)

Tributes to friendly and sociable couple

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