ROBINSON , Jerome Gerald On April 29, 2013 my father |
Jerome Gerald "Gummy"
Robinson passed away. This is my story. He would have been 96 on May 25. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1917 to Russian Immigrant parents. His much older brother was sent to medical school so it was up to Dad to make a living and help pay the bills. He was a depression baby, enlisted in the Army and was sent to Europe along with 7,000 soldiers. The 40th Army Division that Dad was attached to was never created so they gave him an assignment that was most unusual. He was, along with 17 enlisted men and three officers, to pay the thousands of soldiers their salaries and compensate the innocent victims for the consequences of war. He was stationed 80 miles from London on a base called Stowmarket, named after the town. They slept in overcoats the entire winter of 1943. During WWII he won 5 Bronze Stars for The Battle of Great Britain, The Battle of Normandy, The Freeing of Paris, The Invasion of Germany and The Battle of the Bulge. He was my hero. Dad was a Renaissance man and had a long happy marriage to my Mother Edith. They were compatible to his end enjoying friends, travel, collecting art, reading books and laughing at life. He was President of the Maryland Furniture Association. He worked as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, The American Cancer Society, The Associated Jewish Charity, Sinai Hospital, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. So it is with great sadness but joy in my heart that we celebrate his life. We look to the skies for him for he surely is in Heaven. And, on one dark night, when you see a shinning star, grab it and hold it to your heart, for it is my Dad.
Kathleen Robinson-Nikiforov Edith Berkow Robinson Wendilyn Robinson Isaac
Published in Baltimore Sun on June 16, 2013