Obituary of Stanley Herman Robinson, Sr.
On Friday, October 2, 2020, we said a loving farewell to our cherished husband and father, Stanley H. Robinson after a brief stay at Abington Hospital, Abington, Pennsylvania. Stanley was born November 23,1929, in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Florestine (Hickman) and Fred Robinson. He was the devoted husband of Claudia Munford-Robinson for the last 12 years.
Stanley was raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he attended Atlantic City Public Schools and graduated Atlantic City High School. Stanley proudly joined the Army at 17 years old, where he served for 20 years and retired as Master Sergeant. He served during the Korean Conflict and was posted in Paris, France; San Francisco at the Presidio, and Kinshasa, the Congo. After leaving the Army, he joined the State Department where he became a Foreign Service Officer and was stationed in Yaoundé, Cameroon and Dakar, Senegal. Following this period of service with the diplomatic corps, he became an administrator at CW Post College between 1970 and 1977 and earned a master's degree in history. He later rejoined the Foreign Service and worked in The Hague, Holland; Ouagadougou, Upper Volta; and at additional posts including Reykjavik, Iceland; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Dublin, Ireland; and West Berlin, Germany, to name a few. He was very proud of his role in helping to open an Embassy in Uganda. He also met President George H. W. Bush and Hillary Clinton as well as brushing shoulders with President Bill Clinton. Despite being a lifelong Democrat, one of his proudest possessions is a picture of him shaking hands with President Bush in Senegal.
Stanley was a jazz aficionado and enthusiast, a news junkie and an avid traveler. His many travels included trips to: China, Alaska, Argentina, Egypt and Spain and he made friends all over the world. He enjoyed his retirement years in Ocean City, New Jersey; Sarasota, Florida; and Jenkintown, Pennsylvania; where he and Claudia continued making many friends.
All who knew him remember his sense of humor, genuine respect and appreciation for all people, and his love for his family. He was a true gentleman and renaissance man in every sense.
He was preceded in death by: his first wife of 42 years, Lillian R. (Washington) Robinson; parents, Florestine Johnson and Fred Robinson; brothers, Donald and Robert Johnson.
Stanley leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 12 years, Claudia; sons, Stanley "Robbie" Robinson, Jr. (Diane) and Stanley H. "Skip" Long (Leona); daughter, J'nean Robinson; sister, Joyce Pines; granddaughters, Crystal Bowers and Melanie Robinson; stepson, Derick Munford (Deneen); and a host of other family members and friends worldwide.
Graveside military services will be 1:30PM Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Greenwood Cemetery, Pleasantville, New Jersey.
Donations may be made in memory of Stanley Robinson to:
Arrangements are entrusted to Greenidge Funeral Homes, Inc., Atlantic City, New Jersey, where condolences maybe left at www.greenidgefuneralhomes.com.