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John G. (Presley) Robinson, age 77, was born in Canton, North Carolina on September 3, 1935.
John G. Robinson
After his family moved to Snohomish,
WA, John attended Snohomish High School where he excelled at football and track and field, and still holds a record for the shot-put. Known by many as "Big John" he also played football at Everett Jr. College where he was recently acknowledged for his participation on a championship team. John enjoyed golf, and after work he could often be found out playing 18, 36 and even 54 holes in one day. An avid sports fan, John also loved going to the Husky games with the VFW
After he retired from Scott Paper in 1990, he turned his focus to photography. It was rare to ever see him without a camera in his hand or in his office putting the finishing touches on each picture he took.
John leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Delores; and his children, Kim and Steve Sakai, Kerri Robinson and Karen Weisz, and John Jr. "Robbie" and Christine Robinson; and his grandchildren, Misty and Chris Frombly, Christopher and Caite Rainwater, Mia Dorney, Whitney and Cody Robinson. He is also survived by his sisters, Pat Dennis and Judy McManis; and by his extended family Larry and Judy Foster and Billy Tackitt and Sally Herschlip. Known as 'Papa' to his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (Avery Frombly and Charlie Rainwater), he was their gentle giant. And we cannot omit his beloved dogs, Sweety and Buddy. He also had many loved nieces and nephews and long time friends, especially those with whom he played Zilch every week at the VFW. He rarely missed a chance to play.
We will all miss his soft and caring heart. His gentlemanly spirit was his most loving trademark.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 31st at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy on pacific in Everett from 11-3 p.m. Services to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st, with a gathering immediately following at the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) hall on Oakes Avenue in Everett.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2012