Donald Charles Robinson 1929 - 2016 FAIRHOPE, Ala. - Donald Charles Robinson, 87, formerly of Manchester, Maine, and Lansdale, Pa., passed away peacefully Oct. 6, 2016. While our hearts ache with his loss, we were all better for having known him, and find solace that he is in his Heavenly home amongst the angels. On Jan. 13, 1929, just before midnight, Don was born in the back seat of a Philadelphia taxi cab. He did not get to the hospital until the 14th - and that is what his birth certificate listed as his birthday. Don loved telling the story of his two birthdays. The son of Frank Robinson and Caroline (Funk) Robinson, he grew up in Philadelphia. He was a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Don, lovingly called Pop Pop and Papa Don by his family, was a true optimist, a patient, kind man, whose love for his family shone bright in everything he did, and cast a lifetime of light for all who knew and loved him. In our Papa Don, we had a person whose devotion was our stalwart anchor and whose capacity for love was a buoy for us all. Don was a longtime customer service manager with Philadelphia Electric Company until his retirement in 1987. After retirement, Don and his wife Marge moved from Lansdale to Manchester, where they lived in a house on the Cobbosseecontee Lake with their yellow labrador, Cody. During the winter, he would clear the snow off the ice for his grandchildren to ice skate, and during the summer, he would take them tubing and fishing. Family dinners were frequent, the table always set days in advance. He enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge, and games were usually accompanied by his freshly blended frozen strawberry daiquiris. The special "virgin" daiquiris he made for his grandchildren were always a special treat. Don made many dear friends in Maine. His life was busy with his commitments at the Manchester Community Church and the Augusta Rotary Club, yet filled with family time and the serenity of lakeside living. He enjoyed woodworking and even had a workshop dedicated to this hobby. It was a loving home where many memories with their children and grandchildren were made and still treasured to this day. After Marge passed away, Don was blessed to find love with his wonderful wife Kay, with whom he enjoyed living in Ocala, Fla., and then Alabama. Her love sustained him through his later years, during happy times spent with new friends in Florida, cultivating close relationships with Kay's daughter Vivian, her husband Ray, and their children, and eventually through his illness. Don's family will always be grateful that he was able to enjoy so many years of his life with such a special lady. What is the hallmark of a life well lived? We know, from our Pop Pop, that it is everyone you knew thinking of you with a smile, and your family remembering you with love and gratitude for a lifetime of laughter and happy memories. Papa Don had a unique ability to embrace life and truly marveled at everything he experienced, from the adventure of living through Maine's ice storm of 1998, turning ice into water over the woodstove in their tidy and cozy kitchen, to his first Christmas in Florida, with warm air, sunny skies and palm trees. Thank you, Pop, for teaching us to experience life with such wonder. He is survived by his loving wife, Kay (Crandell) Robinson of Foley; his sons, David C. Robinson and his partner Veronica Hopkins of Oakland, Maine, and Kenneth J. Robinson and his husband Richard Strahm of Lansdale; his stepdaughter Vivian Durgan and her husband Raymond of Daphne, Ala.; former daughters-in-law, Virginia Robinson and Selma Robinson; six grandchildren: Bradley Robinson, his wife Morgan, and children Cameron and Makena; Molly Robinson and her fiancé Nathan Lipsi; Megan Bachelder and her husband, Adam Bachelder, and son Cole; William Robinson; Jeremy Durgan and his wife Emily Durgan, and son Ari; and Nick Durgan, and children Naomi and Nicholas; brother, Quintin Robinson and his wife, Emily; and sister, Caroline Walsh. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Donald Walsh, who passed away in 2007. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, 701 Derstine Ave., Lansdale. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Private interment will take place in November at Manchester Forks Cemetery, Maine. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to a charity of your choice.
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