Don has always been a great cousin. He has always been very cordial to me and I always enjoyed our conversations at any of the reunions or family gatherings I was able to attend.
I, of course, knew Don all my life, being a cousin. I did not get to associate with Don and his family that much because of distance, he living in Pennsylvania, and I having spent the last 50 years in the West. The Shoemake family and my family (Carl Robinson family) grew up together and were like brothers and sisters.
I, being the youngest of the Robinson family, did not have the opportunity to develop that kind of relationship with the Shoemakers like my older siblings did; Melvin, Dorothy, Robert, or Susan. I did, however, always cherish our family relationship.
Don was a good man, he will be missed by us all.
Joseph H. Robinson