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Charles P. Robinson

Born: Sun., Sep. 7, 1930
Died: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018


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          Charles P. Robinson, 88 of McConnellsville, New York died on December 26, 2018 at his home with his family and friends by his side.  He was born on September 7, 1930 the son of the late Philo and Laura Bohn Robinson.
          Charles graduated from Camden Central High School in 1948.  Following his graduation, he was employed with the Harden Furniture Company.  In 1950, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, his last tour of duty being in Japan.  He gained much historical knowledge of the country while there.  In 1954, he returned to his home in McConnellsville where he earned his associates degree in accounting through the GI Bill.  He was employed a number of years in the accounting department of Revere Copper and Brass in Rome, New York.  During his time at Revere, he started his own business, Robinson’s Florist and Greenhouses.  Robinson’s proved most successful and he was able to pursue his business full time opening locations in McConnellsville and Camden and opening a third shop, Nielsen’s Florist, in Rome, New York.  He was completely self-taught in the art of floral design.  Robinson’s Florists subsequently added a gift shop, yarn shop, and at one time, a dress shop.  He took great pride in his work and enjoyed visiting with his many customers spanning over 50 years.  
          He was a longtime active member of the former North Bay Odd Fellows Lodge.  He was also a member of the McConnellsville Golf Club.  
          Some of Charles’ most enjoyable times were the hours spent with a pair of knitting needles in his hands.  He would select the patterns with the greatest degree of difficulty memorizing the stitches and creating beautiful sweaters.
          Charles had a wealth of loyal friends with whom he stayed in close contact.  He had a vast knowledge of the history of his hometown and the surrounding areas, and he enjoyed sharing it with interested listeners.  He was a wonderful host, opening his home throughout the years for high school reunions and Christmas parties.  A real animal lover, he treasured his canine and feline companions over the years.  He leaves behind his special cat Grady.
          A very special thanks to his cousin Celia Bohn and the Willson Family whose loving care and devotion during the last few months was immeasurable.  
          There will be no calling hours.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment McConnellsville Cemetery, McConnellsville, NY. Memorial contributions can be made to the Rome Humane Society or the McConnellsville Fire Department.

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Anita Phelps Lockhart Spainhower
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
To Charles' family. I was saddened to learn of his passing. My late sister, Caroline Phelps McDaniels, was a classmate of Charles, and in 2011, I was fortunate to accompany her to their Class Reunion. Charles was an impeccable host and spared no expense for the comfort of his guests. Robinson's Florist was our go-to place for floral arrangements or gifts. If it was a child wanting one rose to honor their mother, they got the same courteous service as a grownup ordering a more ornate floral arrangement for a deceased loved one. I was proud to be an acquaintance and 'neighbor' of Charles. (Counting a few country miles.)
Rest in Peace, Charles. Sincerely, Anita

Carl Kalk
   Posted Fri December 28, 2018
Very sorry for your loss of Charlie. He was a great and knowledgeable man. I always enjoyed helping him at holidays with delivery of flowers during my college break days many years age. Was sized many times for a tux from my wedding and forward. He was great friends with my mother Beverly (Hopper) Kalk. I dearly can remember the times we would go out for dinner while I was still in HS along with Marrion. I did an internship one summer for my master's at Cornell. Oh those mums!! My thoughts are with you. He will greatly missed. No more looking out the window or great visits before I left for home. May he rest in peace.

Stephanie D Schell
   Posted Fri December 28, 2018
Chuck, I am very sorry to hear about your second cousin's passing. My prayers are with your family during this very difficult time.

Patricia Washburn DeMinico
   Posted Mon December 31, 2018
I worked for the Rome Sentinel for 32 years and had the pleasure of being Charlie's advertising representative. I was always impressed over the heartfelt care he always showed his mother. I vividly recall that he always had her comfortably seated at the window facing his flower shop so she could enjoy seeing customers coming & going. Charlie was a very kind, sweet man and always a gentleman. I am thankful for having him as my account and friend.

Sincerely
Patty Washburn DeMinico


Holly Osterhoudt
   Posted Wed January 09, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. I delivered flowers for Robinson's, Nielsen's and Queen Village Florist in the 80's when I was in college and worked at his shop in McConnellsville after I graduated. Charlie was by far my favorite boss, such a sweet and kind man. He always called me 'Holly Berry' even last year when I went to order flowers and had a nice chat with him. I will always remember him fondly as a fellow animal lover and great conversationalist. Rest in peace, my friend.

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