Paul R. Robinson

9 junio , 194122 octubre , 2020

Family, friends, and admirers remember Paul Raymond Robinson as a devoted spouse, dedicated stepfather, doting grandfather, caring son, uncle, brother, and cousin who committed his life's work to education, service leadership, and social justice. An engaged community leader, driven by a sense of fairness and a steadfast commitment to helping those in need, Paul was a lifelong Yankees fan, an adventurous pilot, a curious hobbyist, and a collector of coins with a soft spot for dogs and children. Many people will remember him walking his Boston Terriers Beacon and Sugar Bear through downtown Oneonta, New York.

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1941, he served in the United States Marine Corps for nine years, part of which time he was an Embassy Guard stationed in Ankara, Turkey, and later in Kabul, Afghanistan. Paul remained active in the Marine Embassy Guard Association for many years. He was a respectful critic of our country's military and made several trips to Fort Benning, GA, protesting the School of the Americas. Throughout his life, he also remained a member of Veterans for Peace. After concluding his military service, Paul became a teacher in Denver, Colorado, and later in Franklin, New York, where he met Martha. During his time at Franklin, Paul was a committed basketball coach, respected scout leader, and was also Assistant Principal. Forever devoted to his community, Paul made his mark serving on several boards and commissions. He also was an elected Alderman for the City of Oneonta for two terms (eight years).

A champion of and long-time volunteer and treasurer for First Night Oneonta, Paul was also an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Society (for decades). He was also a Town of Franklin Code Enforcement Officer and a volunteer tax preparer for the Office of the Aging. His additional volunteer work included support for Habitat for Humanity and Opportunities for Otsego, Inc., as well as participating in the OFO River Ride for Hunger and Homelessness as well as serving as a member of the Elks Club of Oneonta, and volunteering for many other community-based organizations. One of Paul's great honors was to serve (along with Martha) as Grand Marshall of the Oneonta Fourth of July Parade in 2017. Throughout his life, Paul had many passions and hobbies that intrigued him. From launching the Drytown Brewery to flying his Piper Cherokee, being an avid bowler, and securing both a perfect game and a hole-in-one in golf, he was also an avid traveler. He loved playing pinochle with Martha and their friends. He and Martha traveled extensively, visiting family in Indiana and North Carolina, relaxing on Myrtle Beach, touring Europe and the U.S, and exploring other parts of the world.

He died peacefully on October 22, 2020, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY, after struggling for years with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

His parents Carl and Martha Robinson and his brother Charles "Buddy" Robinson predecease Paul. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Martha Robinson, sister Dottie Jenkins, brother Carl Robinson, stepchildren Robert Lofthouse (Michelle Courtney Berry), Susan Lofthouse (Paul Green), and many nieces, nephews, and his beloved granddaughter Nina Berry-Lofthouse.

Donations in Paul's memory can be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT. 84741-0567 and the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 16 Ford Avenue, Oneonta, NY, 13820.

A remote service will be announced.


Paul R. Robinson


Dr Lisa Barr

2 marzo , 2021

Farewell to a smart champion of human rights. Paul was discrete, yet savvy in how he fought for the oppressed. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t a target for nonsense. People under-estimate the toll suffered by white men who do the right thing in this culture. One thing the obit left out—Paul rescued 2 Unitarian or Universalist church properties from the clutches of thieving fundamentalist ‘christian’ groups. And he told a good joke or two. We are better for him having been right where he was. Another thing: Paul was perhaps the first person I saw treat the late Joe Story with dignity—that was not always how Joe was treated in local ‘liberal’ circles. Paul, like Martha, led by example. When I think of Michelle Obama’s phrase ‘when they go low we go high’, Martha and Paul come to mind. Rest in Power good man.

Joyce Miller

22 noviembre , 2020

Martha, My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I was disappointed that I couldn't "be at" his service and hear all the wonderful memories/stories of Paul. When I think of Paul, I think of the two of you, because you were always together since I have known you. Both of you have contributed so much to the Community of Oneonta. May the love of family and friends continue to surround you as you grieve his loss.

Deborah Bush Woodruff

18 noviembre , 2020

Hello. Sorry to hear about Paul's passing. I remember when he brought his plane up to Lowville and landed in New Bremen. It was awesome. Also, I enjoyed when we visited with Peg at your home. Prayers to you and your family.

Susan Ackerly

17 noviembre , 2020

Martha, I’m so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. My mother, Lorrie Stalter, always had such kind things to say about him. My mom is living at the Delhi Rehab and Nursing Home after a fall in March. I will read her Paul’s obituary tonight when I speak with her. Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. Susan Ackerly

Shirley Annie wilson Trosper

9 noviembre , 2020

So sorry to hear of Pauls passing. He Was my cousin. Everytime i saw him he had a smile on his face . He was good to my mom Virginia Wilson and my Aunts Dorothy and Martha. My mom always talked about when he took them to New York. Just wanted you to know Martha im thinking about you. Paul was a great guy.

Barbara Church

1 noviembre , 2020

Dear Martha,
I just read about Paul’s passing. I am so sorry. I was his student teacher in the fourth grade at the Franklin school. I often saw him at the baseball games at the park. I always thought Paul was a wonderful & kind person.
Please know you & your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
With sincere sympathy,
Barbara Church

Van Jaffie

31 octubre , 2020

Dear Martha and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry to here of Paul's passing. May all your wonderful memories hold dear to you and guide you through this sad time.
Stephanie and Van Jaffie

Ed & Vicky Lentz

31 octubre , 2020

Our hearts go out to Martha and family. We very much enjoyed traveling with Paul and Martha in Belize and getting to know them both as the wonderful people they are. We are very saddened to learn of Paul's passing and offer Martha our sincerest condolences and best wishes.

Irene Hassard

31 octubre , 2020


So sorry for your loss. I will miss seeing you and Paul walking downtown. You are in my prayers.

Irene Hassard

Carol Malz

29 octubre , 2020

Such a loss to our community. Paul always had a smile to share. Sorry for your loss Martha. Carol Malz & Mike Empey