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Henry H. “Robin” Honiss

April 21, 1937 ~ March 28, 2024

Henry H. “Robin” Honiss, 86, of Vero Beach, FL and Stonington, CT slipped his mooring on March 28, 2024, and headed out on an endless cruise to unknown waters after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Robin was born in 1937, the son of the late William T. Honiss and Dorothy Roberts Honiss of West Hartford, CT and Boca Raton, FL. He was a graduate of Kingswood Oxford and Northfield Mt. Hermon, and earned a B.A. degree from Boston University in 1959 and an M.B.A. from Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1961.

He served thirty-two years in the banking industry, mostly in the investment management field, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of New England Savings Bank from 1989 to 1992, before leaving banking to found Mystic Asset Management, an investment advisory firm. He sold Mystic Asset Management in 2002 but continued until his death to advise the firm and many of its clients.

Robin always believed it was important to give back to the community and he was active in civic affairs over the course of his life. He was elected to the Lyme-Old Lyme School Board where he served as Treasurer. He was past Chairman of the Board of the Southeastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, a past director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony and Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and also a former member of the New London Rotary Club and southeastern Connecticut chapter of Navy League. Before moving to southeastern Connecticut, Robin was also active in Community Theater in Litchfield County, Connecticut where he played several leading roles in community theater productions and served as President of the Torrington Civic Theater.

Robin also maintained a lifelong interest in creative writing and self-published his memoir, RiverNotes, in 2007 and Summer Seas and Autumn Leaves, a collection of his poems, in 2022.

Robin’s career and community involvement, however, never upstaged his passion for sailing and the art, poetry and prose of the sea. His happiest moments were skippering a series of boats in New England, Florida and Caribbean waters that he owned and chartered throughout his entire life. It made Robin very happy that all of his children learned to love sailing as well and they now wish their Dad fair winds and following seas.

Robin was a member of the Moorings Yacht & Country Club in Vero Beach, Florida, where he held flag officer positions as Treasurer and Rear Commodore. He was also a member of the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club and the Wadawanuck Club in Stonington where he served twice as a Governor. He was licensed by the Coast Guard as a Captain of up to 50-ton vessels, both sail and power.

Robin was married to Judith LaBoue Honiss for almost 45 years, and along with her, is survived by three daughters: Holly Martin of Virginia Beach, VA, Wendy Bourget (John Bourget) of Niantic, CT, and Heather Honiss (James Salsich) of Gloucester, MA. He also leaves five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His son, James L. Honiss, pre-deceased him in 1997, and his sister, Dorothy (Ducky) Kelso, in 2021.

Darkening twilight sea
Please wash all cares from me
That I may brave
A new dawn’s onrushing wave

The family would like to thank Indian River VNA Home and Hospice for their kind and attentive care. In lieu of flowers or contributions, Robin requested you savor a sunset over water to celebrate a life well lived. Services will be private.

Arrangements are under the direction of Millennium Cremation Service, Vero Beach. Condolences may be shared online at


Richard Rowe

March 30, 2024, 4:35 pm

Robin was a mentor, confidant but most of all a friend for over 45 years. I’m going to miss him too.


March 30, 2024, 8:31 pm

He was my american father ❤️. Je Made me love thé océan. He Made me love sailing. Thank you Robin!

Susan H Connell

April 1, 2024, 4:08 pm

Judy and family, This is one of the most beautifully written tributes to a special someone that I have read in a long time. Its reference to the sea and Robin’s poetry give meaning to Robin’s love of boats and the waters where they float. I send his family condolences. Susan C.

Helen DePersia

April 2, 2024, 1:19 pm

Judy and your family,
What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful, humble and kind man. He now joins Al, who loved his times spent with him lunching at Noah’s. Have strength in knowing your friends and family are there for you and relish the wonderful years you shared together. I will miss Robin and his infectious smile. Helen DePersia

Antoinette Harmsen Paludanus

April 12, 2024, 3:44 pm

My and our sincere condoleances for Robin’s passing, so sad to hear that.
Especially concerning my parents (they have already passed away in 2015 and 2021).
But knew him since his birth, although from a distance.
He has always been and will always remain part of “our American family” with his sister Dorothy (Ducky) and his mother.
He has also been to the Netherlands to visit my parents.
For my father (and us) there was a special bond with the family, mother and sister for over 78 years!
Condoleances to the family and friends with this loss.

Antoinette Harmsen Paludanus
Laren NH
The Netherlands

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