Keith Robinson

January 1, 1931 - July 16, 2011
Keith Robinson

Keith Robinson, 80, of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Saturday July 16, 2011.

He was born and raised by parents Howard Faulkner Robinson and Marian Tuttle Robinson in Yonkers, NY, during the Great Depression.

Those left to cherish his memory and celebrate his new life with Christ are his beloved “bride” of 48 years Carole S. Robinson, daughter Karen R. Stone, son Kent S. Robinson, Son-in-law Cameron M. Stone, daughter in-law JoAnn H. Blumenstein, Grandchildren Melissa R. Viteri, Shawn M. Robinson, William K. Robertson, Kelsey A. Robertson and Tristan A. Haring and Great-Grandchild Camilo K. Viteri, as well as many other family and friends who appreciated his quiet strength.

His devotion to teaching, faith and family was evident to all who knew him. He served in the Army during the Korean War after earning a BA in Business administration. He obtained an MA in Industrial Arts from NYU. He taught at the Hendrick Hudson Jr./Sr. High School and Blue Mt. Middle Schools in Peekskill, NY before retiring to North Carolina in 1987. During his 30 years as an educator he was known for his helpful and patient manor and never took a sick day. He was instrumental in organizing a “Teams of Teaching” approach bringing together Industrial Arts, Home Economics and Arts departments for a Unified Arts Program. He was a faithful and active member of the Faculty Association as well. He taught printmaking, typesetting, silk screening, ceramics, and electricity. In school related camps and as a Boy Scout Merit Badge Instructor ropes and knots. He coordinated sports and activities as well as taught swimming and lifesaving as Recreation Director for Putnam Valley, NY during the summer months. Some of the most memorable keepsakes of his work and hobbies are his pottery, ceramics, woodworking, sculpture and jewelry made for his family. He was well liked and respected by his students, administrators and coworkers.
He had a deep voice that carried ”like Moses” and was a licensed Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer and elected Jr. “People’s “ Warden at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Mohegan Lake, NY. He held leadership roles at many other churches as well. He was a Red Cross Drive Chairman and always spoke a blessing to people he met, even casually. He worshipped whole heartedly and was a humble, gentle and compassionate soul.
As a husband and father he was kind, infinitely patient and forgiving. He had a way of catching you off guard with his dry sense of humor and gentle play that endeared him to his children and grandchildren. He freely involved neighborhood children in family activities. He was a helpful, involved husband and father who enjoyed swimming, boating, home remodeling, camping, and especially sailing which he loved as it is how he met his beloved “bride.” He was a voracious reader and loved to escape into a story and learn from books, TV and his favorite radio shows like Car Talk. He enjoyed the outdoors and porch sitting with his dog, whatever the weather.
Although his health prevented him from doing some of his favorite activities in the last few years he gladly made the effort to go to his grandchildren’s baseball, softball and football games, have Sunday Breakfasts at the Atlanta Bread Company with his wife, help his son grill his favorite meal of London Broil and go out to a Father’s Day lunch with his daughter. He was an extraordinary man with great gifts and he will be truly missed by all.

Memorial service 3:00 PM Tuesday July 19, 2011 at Glad Tidings Community Church 3110-1 Randall Parkway, Wilmington, NC 28403

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