Melvin Robinson
1948 - 2021
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Melvin Robinson

Mel, "The Bus Driver"

Sunrise - April 27, 1948

Sunset - April 11, 2021

Melvin Robinson, known in the Lehigh Valley as "Mel the Bus Driver" passed away Sunday evening, April 11th at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was 72 years old. The beloved father, brother and friend was a resident of Allentown for over 54 years. Melvin was born in Canton, Mississippi was raised in the cotton fields of Mississippi among his uncles and aunts who were like brothers and sisters. He started driving bus for his high school at the early age of 15 and continued to drive until he graduated from high school in 1967. In high school, he met Louise who became his high school sweetheart, and eventually the love of his life.

In 1967, he moved to Allentown, where he married Louise to make the Lehigh Valley their permanent home. He began working as a bus driver for Lanta/Metro and made driving his life-long career. Many knew him for his love of football, Cadillac cars, and his boisterous laugh. Melvin and Louise continued their careers and lives together for over 56 years, married for 54 years. Melvin retired from Lanta/ Metro in 2010 after 41 years of driving. Melvin and Louise have one daughter, Tabatha, who is an artistic scholar, a Performing Arts director, Doctoral candidate and published author in California.

Melvin was a lifetime member of the NAACP, working and supporting many humanitarian organizations throughout his life. He was a member of the Prince Hall Masons. He loved telling stories and talking to people and would go out of his way to help anyone when he could. He mentored many young people throughout his years and worked to create events for youth and community. He was always seen driving a bus, a limousine for Elite Limousine for over 25 years, his favorite Silverado truck or one of many Cadillacs throughout the years.

Melvin is the son of the late Clyde Robinson and Evelyn Jackson. He is survived by his wife Louise, his daughter Tabatha, and his two grandsons, Jailani and Jordan. He leaves behind brothers: Clydale (Christine) Robinson (Fort Worth, Texas), Robert Jackson (Allentown, PA), Ramon Jackson (Deanna) (Center Valley); and sisters: Evelean (Tony) Duke (Jackson, Mississippi), Evelyn L. Jackson (Lebanon, PA), Mary Anne Robinson (Jackson, Mississippi), and Geraldine Smith (Whitehall, PA). His brothers Joseph Robinson, Eddie Lee Robinson, and David Lee Robinson greeted him in heaven. He is also survived by a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

There will be a public viewing for Melvin Robinson on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Judd-Beville Funeral Home located on 1314 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18102. There will be a private funeral on Saturday, April 17, 2021 for immediate family. All guests are expected to follow the National and local CDC guidelines for Covid-19 prevention. Masks are required at all times. Flowers can be sent to the funeral home or donations can be made in Melvin's name to his favorite organizations: the American Heart Association, My Brother's Keeper Alliance (MBKA), or to the Allentown NAACP

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Published in Morning Call on Apr. 15, 2021.
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April 22, 2021
Sincere Condolences to Louise and Tabatha. We met Mel and Louise almost 40years ago when our daughters attended day care and we have remained friends. (Marje) My mother who is now 98 years of age spoke so highly of Mel as she rode his bus daily during her earlier years. Mel would step down from his bus to assist her beaming with a big smile as he did for so many of his passengers . We will certainly miss him. May God Bless and Rest Well.
Edwin and Marje Solomon
April 22, 2021
Edwin Solomon
April 21, 2021
Condolences to Mel’s family and loved ones.
I met Mel when he played flag football many years ago.
Whenever I saw him driving bus he made sure to wave, blow the horn, and smile.
A great man who will be missed.
Sue Dilcher
April 21, 2021
When I was a younger man working 3 jobs I would take Mel’s bus daily from my day job and fall asleep pretty much every day. Mel would always come and gently wake me up at my stop. He would also always wait a few minutes if I was running late. Such a nice man and I’m a better man from riding his bus. He made a difference in my life.
April 20, 2021
I met Mel in 1999 when I started at LANTA. He was by far the most funniest, kindest, and gentle man I ever met. He always had a story to tell and his smile and laughter is still remembered. I always looked forward to his visits when he retired, he would stop by and chill out with the drivers. RIP Mel, you earned your wings many years ago.
Cindy Reiman
April 17, 2021
Talked to Mel ALOT at his Village West LANTA stop, when I was getting ready to retire from the Marine Corps! Helped me get started on my driving career! My son was in a lot of plays with his daughter at Parkland High School and was BLESSESED to meet the extended family!
Andrew Svaby,Sr.
April 16, 2021
Condolences to Mel’s family.
Remember Mel from the flag football days when he played for Jawn
Construction. A big man and a gentleman with a contagious
positive attitude on and off the field.
Would see him driving bus and would get big wave and smile.
Proud to have known this man.
God bless and Rest In Peace.
ray roche
April 16, 2021
I drive bus with Mel and he taught me how to be nice to people. He will truly be missed.
karl e constantino
April 16, 2021
God put Mel and I together like brother and sister. We and our families have know each other for about 40 years. Mel God, his family, country, and people. No matter where he was, who he was with, or how he felt, he had a word or quote of encouragement for anyone he met that day. Love and hugs to Louise and Tabatha and the rest of his large family. He will be dearly missed by many. I will see him again in Glory!
Margie Shaw
April 16, 2021
Mel was my brother in the Lord and a dear friend. He loved the Lord, his family, his country, and people. Mel had the gift of encouragement. No matter where he was or who he was with or how he felt, he always had a word of encouragement for anyone he met that day. He would also give you a quote or something his Daddy always said to him. I will dearly miss my brother and dear friend. But I know I will see him again in glory.
Margie Shaw
April 15, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Mel's family. I met Melvin 1983. Mel was always smiling. He trained me trained drive bus. I can say I was trained by one of the best! This world will miss his smile and personality.
God bless you Melvin and his family.

Gary Rutt
April 15, 2021
Rest in Peace Mel. We worked together at LANTA for 15 years. 70’s through the 80’s, knew him well. Always a big smile. Condolences to the family.
Dennis Harris, San Jose, Ca.
April 15, 2021
May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.
American Heart Association
April 15, 2021
Melvin (along with his wife Louise) were easily the nicest neighbors we ever had. He was always smiling, always laughing and always friendly. We are very sorry for your loss. Mel was truly one of the "Good Guys". Rest in peace Mel.
Terry and Sue durich
April 15, 2021
Remember those day back on the seventy. Going to PennNational Race Track. An those day .at Lehigh street .were he Reside with his Family.Driving The Lanta.Bus.and So much More.Our Deepest ,sympathy .to ,His ,Wife and Daughters on this, harth breaking ,Moments. To,All in,his Family.
Esteban Vita Colon
April 15, 2021
My sincere condolences to Melvins family on his passing. May your memories bring you comfort in the days and weeks ahead! I rode the bus to work many years ago to downtown Allentown and was delighted when he was my bus
driver! He made riding the bus to work fun! Always had a smile on his face and had an infectious laugh! He even beeped the bus horn if he spotted me walking at lunch time!
Rest in peace Melvin ! God Bless!
Karen Hemerly Muldowney
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