John E. Robinson

John E. RobinsonJohn Edward Robinson passed away Aug. 16, 2019, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 76.

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 23, from 4-6:30 p.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. Rosary service will be held from 6:30-7 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. Graveside services and reception to follow.

John was born Aug. 9, 1943, in Milton, Mass. He graduated from Sherman E. Burroughs High School in 1961, joined the Army in May 1962, finished Signal School and worked as a lineman. He was stationed in Germany and really enjoyed his time there learning local customs.

His career was as a cable splicer for the phone company. He loved his family and friends deeply, was compassionate towards strangers and would give them anything he had to make life better. He could not say “no” to homeless people and “panhandlers,” but would give them whatever cash he had in his pocket and always shared a cigarette, a smile and comforting conversation.

He was married three times and had four children. He is survived by his wife, Ellen of 35 years; children, Shelley of Bakersfield, Robert and wife Sarah of Auburn, Wash., Thomas of Ridgecrest, and Gwendolyn of Shawnee, Kan.; grandchildren Hadassah and Logan; and cousins, numerous nieces, nephew, great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral arrangements were provided by Holland and Lyons Mortuary.

— Submitted by the family of John Robinson

Story First Published: 2019-08-23