William "Irish" J. M. Robinson, a longtime Santa Rosa resident, died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2013 from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was 82. William was born in 1930 in Columbus, OH to the late William and Margaret Robinson. He had one brother, Robert Robinson, who preceded him in death. William graduated from St. Joseph High School in Dover, OH, and honorably served his country as a Korean War Veteran in the U.S. Army. He was a passionate stock car enthusiast, who often raced in the 1950's at Midvale Speedway in Ohio. He moved to Culver City, CA in the early 1960's before settling in Santa Rosa in 1973. Known as "Irish" to his coworkers, William worked for the US Postal Service for 33 years as a postal carrier and as a mechanic. However, it was his love and dedication as a volunteer firefighter for the Rincon Valley Fire District (Larkfield station) that was most satisfying to him. William is survived by his loving wife, Linda, of 47 years, and their two children, Joseph and Gail, who will miss him dearly. In addition, he is survived by his granddaughter, Paulina Babb, and great- grandchildren Jackson and Dallas Babb. Family and friends are invited to attend graveside services, which will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9 at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home & Crematory 525-3730
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Published in the Press Democrat from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2013