Jonathan "Bubba" G. Robbins

September 13, 1981March 30, 2019
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Jonathan Gary Robbins, 37, of Oneonta passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition at his home, Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Jonathan was born on September 13, 1981, in Oneonta, to parents Gary & Karen Robbins. Jonathan grew up in West Laurens and Oneonta. He graduated from Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School in 2000. He lived the majority of his life in the Oneonta area.

He is survived by his father and mother: Gary Robbins & Karen Robbins Ryder. Three siblings: Jordan Robbins and fiancé, Amanda Chase; Jessica Robbins; and Jeannine Engelbrecht and husband Eric. Nieces and nephews: Xander, Lillie, Ayden, Mackenzie, Brayden, Noah and Jackson. Grandparents: Frank and Joyce Harkenreader. Uncles and aunts: Robert and Cathy Kelsey; Terry & Carla Harkenreader; James & Ivy Harkenreader; Gail Baden; and Joel & Lisa Robbins. Cousins: Sarah Baden and many cousins on the Harkenreader side. Jonathan, also known as Bubba, leaves behind his life-long friends: Jason Noble, Duane Roux, James Champen and Emil Aponte as well as many “brothas from other mothas”. He was predeceased by his grandparents: Philip and Carol Robbins; and step-father Edward Ryder.

A life-long sports enthusiast, Bubba loved to play all sports. Since early childhood he could always be found at the Oneonta Boys Club, local gyms, basketball courts and playing fields. Jonathan was also a passionate spectator and he loved rooting for his favorite teams, the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jonathan loved to spend time with family and friends at the family camp in Middlefield, N.Y. “The Property” was Bubba’s home away from home.

He truly loved the companionship of his dog, Sherman, who was faithful to the end.

Jonathan’s enthusiasm, intelligence, sense of humor and friendship will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019, at Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, NY.

A celebration of Jonathan’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Jonathan’s memory be made to the Oneonta Boys & Girls Club, 70 River Street, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Online condolences to the family can be made at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


28 April

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm

Oneonta Boys & Girls Club

70 River Street
Oneonta, NY 13820


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Jonathan "Bubba" G. Robbins

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Karen Brooks (church)

April 6, 2019

Karen, Gary, and family. It broke my heart when mom told me of Jonathan's passing. My fond memories babysitting the kids and playing ball with the boys. Along with Jonathan and Jordan always nagging one another lol... my fondest memory is when I brought them up to my parents for a cookout and the boys climbed the tree... then they started picking on each other and then they heard ole Albert's voice and I've never seen two kids climb down a tree so fast. Karen and Gary, my wife and our children offer our deepest sympathy to all of you. God bless Jonathan and know he is smiling on all of you. Karen

Terry Church

April 5, 2019

Karen and all your family, my heartfelt sorrow for you. Sending special prayers to Jonathan. He was such a special person. Always had a smile on his face and would always speak to me when he saw me out shopping. I remember when My Karen used to babysit for the boys. As always, Terry

Pamela Harris

April 4, 2019

Karen and Family

It hurt us deeply when we read about Jonathan. We feel your pain and are grieving with you. May God's love and the love of your family and friends comfort you at this time.

We love you very much,
Pam and Zachary Harris

Patrick Jackson

April 4, 2019

I remember a very persuasive pictch from Johnathan as a vacuum salesman. I was left with the impression that he had a talent for that line of work.

Suzanne Jackson

April 4, 2019

Pat and I were so sad to hear of Jonathans' passing. He was a great kid. He was well liked in school. I remember him always as a positive influence and good natured student at GMU. Our condolences to the family, especially Gary, Jessica and Jordan. We are so sorry for your loss - Suzanne and Pat Jackson

Uncle Danny

April 3, 2019

To Jon's family, there is nothing I could say to make this easier. His loss can't be calculated. His intellect, which I enjoyed every time I saw him...gone. His passion for life, family and friends will be missed. The hours I spent trading thoughts and ideas with him, be it on the Blues Train, or in a pub. Sometimes in passing on the street. I will cherish everything he ever said to me. I will hear him call me "Uncle Danny!" In his voice, till the day I join him. He was a confidant, a friend, and family to me. . Seeing him, and talking about sports, life and humanity was always welcome. A bright spot in my life for sure. I will miss you terribly Jonny! To his family, I wish peace and solace.

Jackie Graves

April 3, 2019

"Bubba" was always a great friendly person and a nice face to see many days growing up around here. His brother and him have were always great spirit lifters. I will forever be grateful for his kindness he showed and friendship we had. ♡ R.I.P...hes with some very good people up above.

Stacie Turner

April 3, 2019

Jordan and Jeannine, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers and with you and the entire family ❤

Sue Bronson

April 3, 2019

I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. I remember all the stories Jess use to tell us. He will be watching over all of you. <3

Kathleen FinkRoss

April 3, 2019

Karen and family sending prayers and hugs at this difficult time. May all of your memories surround you with love and bring you comfort at this time. ❤️