Robert D TinWin

Born: Wed., Jun. 15, 1932
Died: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017

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Robert D. TinWin found his well-deserved peace and rest after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s disease on Monday November 13, 2017. Born on June 15, 1932 to U Law Pyaung and Daw Kham Aung in Kyaukme, Burma, Robert (Bob) earned a prestigious government scholarship to study in the United States. He received his B.S. Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 1958. Soon before returning to fulfill his obligation to work for the Burmese government, Bob met a German, Ebba Stender, in New York and swept her off her feet. The young couple sailed on the Queen Elizabeth I to England and then continued on a month-long voyage to Burma. During his seven years working as a Burmese telecommunications and radio engineer, Bob proved to be a resourceful inventor, re-creating Western conveniences and maintaining aging equipment using rudimentary materials. After the socialist coup in Burma, he and Ebba emigrated with their three young children to the United States. In the US, Bob pursued a fulfilling career as a satellite communications engineer for RCA, ESystems, and GE, setting up earth stations and satellite communications systems throughout Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and South America. A highlight was his work in China prior to President Nixon’s 1976 visit, where Bob’s Chinese heritage and fluent Mandarin language skills proved invaluable on the team establishing satellite communications. During these years, the family lived in NY, NJ, TX and VA. Family played a central role in Bob’s life, and one of his proudest moments was being able to sponsor his eldest brother, TinMaung Tong, and TinMaung’s wife and children as immigrants to America. Over the following years, Bob and Ebba were able to host and help acclimate many additional relatives. Another family highlight was a visit to Burma in April 2001, when Bob and his 5 remaining siblings were all able to gather together in their hometown of Kyaukme. Bob was preceded in death by his brother Dr. Win Shwin, two sisters, Daw Shwe Yi and Daw Shwe Hla, and niece, Myint Myint. He is survived by wife, Ebba A. TinWin; son, Norbert TinWin and his fiancée, Xiomara, of West Palm Beach, FL; daughters, Monika Bridgforth and her husband John, of Cape Charles, VA, and Sarina Hrubesch of West Palm Beach, FL; grandchildren Nicholas, Tyler, and Brianna TinWin of West Palm Beach FL, Anna Bridgforth of Washington, DC and Julia Bridgforth of Sewanee, TN; his brother, TinMaung Tong of East Brunswick, NJ; sister Daw Than Nu of Kyaukme, Burma; nephews Trevor, Marcus, Brian and Gregory Tong, Andrew Khin, Khin Maung Shwe, Kyi Sein; nieces Joy, Jennifer, Linda, Melissa, Lena, Kristina, Hillary, Sophia and Vanessa Tong, as well as their spouses and children. A private memorial service will be held on January 20, 2018. Notes of condolence may be sent to Ebba TinWIn at 5600 N. Flagler Drive, Apt #610 West Palm Beach, FL 33407. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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   Posted Sat November 18, 2017
To the TinWin family,
my family and I would like to send our condolences for your dearest loss. Mr. TinWin seems to lead a wonderful life , filled the Adventure and excitement. I know he will be dearly missed by you all. May God's promise for a better future bring comfort and hope to your family. God has promised us in his word the Bible that in the near future there will be no more sickness,sorrow,pain, or death. These promises are found in his word the Bible at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. For more encouragement please visit Again our condolences to your family. Please be assured that your family will be in our prayers.

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