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Harold Calvin Robinson

September 22, 1948 ~ October 30, 2018 (age 70)

HAROLD CALVIN ROBINSON entered the world on September 22,1948, making him a member of the famous "Baby Boomer" generation of post WW II America. The Robinson family at that time, his proud parents were James and Juliette Robinson, (deceased). From an early age, Harold demonstrated a strong-willed, determined nature and an aptitude for working with his hands. He was never one to be idle. These traits would remain with him throughout his life. Harold enjoyed the Robinson family life: going on beach outings to Michigan City, Indiana, visiting the museums and other attractions and all the family holiday traditions. Harold made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ in his early teens. He was baptized by Rev. Wendell Johnson at the Lilydale First Baptist Church in Chicago Illinois. He continued to attend this church until High School graduation. Harold was always a hard worker. As a youth, he found odd jobs around the neighborhood. A paper route, a car wash, D&S Grocery Store, and Wimpy's (a hamburger chain). He attended and graduated from Chicago Vocational High School where he majored in machine shop. (This proved to be a wise choice as he worked as a machinist in later years.) After graduation from high school, he began work at Interlake Steel. It was probably during this time, that he adopted his lifelong motto: "Keep on Pushin'" He was never one to give up but set his mind toward overcoming any problem or obstacle. He enjoyed many friends as a teenager and had a very active social life, underscored by the great music of Motown. While still in high school, he met his sweetheart, Eileen Stevenson. The Stevenson family were neighbors of the Robinsons and the two families were already acquainted with each other. These two fell in love and decided to get married. They were united in holy matrimony at St. Thaddeus Catholic church in a beautiful ceremony on February 24th,1968. Harold joined the United States Air Force. After completing basic training, they selected Beale Air Force Base in California as Harold's duty station. Harold and Eileen were blessed with four children: Harold II, Christopher, Nicole, and Jumoke. He also was the father figure for Eileen's brother, Seymour. Seymour lived with them while he completed grade school. He was also Uncle/Father for two nephews, Taiwo and Kehinde Stevenson helping them to mature into responsible young men, also one godson Troi Love. Harold and Eileen opened their home to a goddaughter, Brianna Love, who lived in their home for two years. My children in the community flocked to the Robinson home and he was known as Uncle Harold and "Pops," dispensing wisdom and sage advice. This role seemed "second nature' to him. He was a hands-on Dad and supported all of the activities his children were involved in. He guided his children and gave his opinion, but he left the final decision up to them. He recently expressed pride and satisfaction in each of his children and the respective paths they had chosen for themselves. He maintained a good relationship with each one of his children. The Robinson home was the center for good times for all of their extended family and church friends. Eileen attended New Testament Baptist and New Love ministries for which they hosted many church fellowships, among them was the annual Easter egg hunt. This took place for over 25 years. Harold was employed by Wemco Corporation as a machinist for many years and received a number of accolades. Later on, however, he decided to branch out on his own, taking on jobs such as remodeling, repairing, and some rehabbing. 'Whenever he would come to Chicago for a visit he ended up helping his parents and numerous family members as well, with much-needed home repairs. He had such a zeal for helping people whenever he could, that he also repaired the automobiles of many of Eileen's friends so they wouldn't be taken advantage of by high priced auto repair shops. Harold leaves to cherish his memory his wife of over fifty years, Eileen. Children: Harold Robinson II, Christopher Robinson, Nicole (James) Stone, Jumoke Robinson. Three grandchildren: Lerinn, James III and Michele. A brother, Timothy (Ruth) Robinson, sisters Ruth Butler, Carmena (Gerard) Fleury and Elizabeth Robinson. Brother-in-law Theodore (Dee) Stevenson. Two godchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

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