Joseph William Robinson
August 17, 1942 – April 6, 2021
Joseph William Robinson, age 78, was born in Chicago, IL, and peacefully passed away in Orlando, FL on April 6, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.
He was the beloved Husband of Susanna (Mori) Robinson; Dear Father of Kimberly Robinson Sprinkle, Joseph (Nancy) Robinson and Sandra (Alexander) Sanchez; Cherished Papa of Andrew (Kathleen), Mark, Luke, Jack, Sarah, Nya, Alexander, Michael, Olivia & Tyler.
He was preceded in death by his cherished parents, William & Josephine (Hamel), older brother Albert and younger brother Ralph.
He was a dear Uncle to Steven, Kathleen, Jayne, Pamela, Elizabeth, Melissa & Jennifer; Cousin; and friend to many.
The family will gather in Orlando, FL on Saturday, April 17, 2021 for a small private service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to The Salvation Army.
He loved with his whole heart. A big heart.
He loved his childhood sweetheart & wife of 57 years, his 3 children, and his 10 grandchildren.
We always knew that he loved his family most.
He was always ready with a kiss & big hugs for those he held dear.
He was a man of few words…but still waters run deep.
He was his Mother’s son….and he lived and loved by carrying on her values of Family.
He was a true “Chicago Joe”. Tough as nails, fierce…a fighter. At times, prickly on the outside, but soft & kind hearted on the inside.
His zodiac sign was Leo the Lion, and he embodied that persona.
He grew up on the Northside of Chicago & lived there most of his life. Even when living in Orlando, FL, his heart was always in Chicago.
He boxed golden gloves as a young man, loved his fast cars, loved the sun & the beach, and his beloved Bears & White Sox.
His steely blue eyes could deliver any message.
He was charming (when he wanted to be), could carry a tune & loved music. Janis Joplin & Tracy Chapman were his favorites, he also loved county music.
He never turned down a good slab of BBQ ribs & cole slaw, but also loved sushi.
He was a printer by trade, as his father had been, a foreman of the press. He worked hard and always provided for his family….bringing home his checks as well as some of the books he was printing…always wanting to take care of his family.
Despite working a 3rd shift for many years, he always found a way to be present for his kids.
Our morning breakfast at the kitchen table was the beginning of our day, but was the end of a long work day for him. He always gave us that time with his attention & his love.
He was there in the stands, in the park, in the field and in the crowd....to cheer us on for little league games at Horner Park, volleyball, football, baseball and softball games in high school...sports of all kinds. Throwing a baseball & running “bases” out front, swimming at Lake Wauconda, spring breaks in Daytona, toboggining at Cricket Hill, Bears games at Soldier Field and tons of games at old Comiskey Park to cheer on his White Sox.
He was always “game”, and he shared his great love of sports with us.
We enjoyed his humor, his company, his generosity & his smile …as did our friends.
He was always present & (oh, so proud!) with each milestone or accomplishment...he enjoyed all the award ceremonies, family festivities, celebrations, graduations & weddings.
Our family....and those family celebrations, will never be the same without him….but he will always be right there with us...always present in our hearts.
- The Salvation Army link