Chapter Eternal: Rob Trotter ’75

Photo and story courtesy of Dignity Memorial.

Robert Jeffrey Trotter, age 69, of Lake Mary, Florida passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs.

He was born on January 30,1954 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, son of Clarence Earl Trotter and Margaret Allaine (Kirchner) Trotter. He spent most of his youth years in State College, Pennsylvania and graduated from State College High in 1971. After high school graduation, he went on to college at Penn State University graduating with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree. During his college years, he was a proud member of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, where he met brothers who were loyal friends throughout his life. Through the years, Rob worked for Delta, AT&T, and lastly, for Teradata as a program manager in their global professional services division. He lived and worked in Lake Mary most of his adult life and retired from Teradata in 2014.

Rob loved bowling, golfing, Nascar, all Penn State sports (but mostly football), the Pittsburgh Steelers, 80’s music, the beach, and catching up with friends. He also liked to travel and went on annual fishing trips with his dad in northern Maine, for small-mouth bass. Rob visited Hong Kong, San Diego, St. Johns in the BVI’s, Tijuana, Mexico, the Hawaiian Islands, Fiji, Spain, Costa Rica, Niagara Falls, Bar Harbor, Maine, and many more.

Rob had a special place in his heart for golden retrievers. He had three adorable goldens, Nikki, Nittany and Bradley. He also had mixed-breeds, Penny and Joesy, who were rescues and also near and dear to his heart. He was a generous supporter of animal rescues, Penn State and other worthy causes.

In 2014, Rob was diagnosed with a brain meningioma. After the surgery to remove the mass and subsequent radiation treatments, Rob battled infections in his skull bone for many years. After numerous surgeries and treatments, he was placed in a long-term care facility in 2018, where he died of natural causes, peacefully in his sleep.

Rob is survived by his wife of 22 years, Debra Trotter, his sister Linda Trotter, and his nieces Kelli and Devin Brosnan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Margaret Trotter, sister Susan G Trotter, and brother, Terry W Trotter.

He will be missed by countless friends and family. May he Rest in Peace.

Rob’s ashes will be interred at Oaklawn Cemetery in Lake Mary, Florida.