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Stanley Arthur Robinson

April 1, 1931 — December 31, 2017

Stanley Arthur Robinson, 85, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, was released from his suffering on Saturday, December 31, 2016 after a long illness.The third child of Howard H. and Grace Chapin Robinson, of Augusta, Kansas, Stan married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Jo Bacon, and they had three children. They divorced after their children were grown, but never left one another's lives.All his life, until he could no longer do so, Stan worked hard to support his family. He was an engineer, but he had a deep romantic streak. His favorite book was "Wind, Sand and Stars," the memoir of the French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. And like the aviator, he always longed to have adventures.And that he did. He worked as a pipefitter at the Socony Vacuum Co. oil refinery, but when the Mobil Oil Corp. took over the plant and was looking for men who wanted to build a refinery in Venezuela, Stan volunteered. In 1959, he moved his family to El Polito, where they lived for the next three years, during which time much blood was shed as communist guerillas tried to overthrow the government. In the midst of all that, Stan took his family on road trips deep into the interior of the country, up winding roads into the Andes and down rutted dirt tracks in the jungle, crawling with iguanas and ending in shallow rivers, which they crossed in their purple Volkswagen Beetle.Back in the states, Stan took the family on road trips east and west, and, as he worked shiftwork at the refinery, he took classes at Wichita State University. When he graduated in 1969, he was promoted to the position of Safety Manager at the Mobil refinery in Buffalo, New York.He continued with his studies, and was promoted to a similar position in Paulsboro, New Jersey. Ultimately, he became the company's man in charge of safety worldwide. Though he was based in the New York office, he traveled the world as he had always wanted to do. And he had adventures. He even lived for a time in Abu Dhabi, and found himself ducking Scud missiles in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War.He is survived by his children - Kenton Kraig Robinson of New London, Connecticut, T. Kim Robinson of Philadelphia and Kurt Andres Robinson of Morrisville - and three grandchildren: Gabrielle Gilby Robinson of Hartford, Connecticut, Max Halbren Robinson, of Portland, Oregon, and Stephanie Jan Robinson, of Morrisville. Also, he is survived by his beloved and ever devoted companion, Carol Plath, of the Bronx, New York.Though his final years were hard for him, those who loved him will miss him nonetheless, for as Saint-Exupéry said, "Bit by bit ... it comes over us … that this one garden is forever locked against us. And at that moment begins our true mourning ..."In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Mr. Robinson's name be sent to Red Paw, 1328 S. 24th St., Philadelphia, PA 19146.

Memorial Service
To be held privately at the convenience of the family
Thursday, January 26, 2017
11:00:00
J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel
41 W. Trenton Ave.
Morrisville PA

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