Phil Robinson Jr.


Phil Robinson Jr. was born in Ocala, Fla., on December 20, 1921. He died suddenly on January 8, 2011, at Waterbury (Conn.) Hospital.

He attended grammar school in Naugatuck, Conn., where he grew up. He graduated from The Wooster School in Danbury in 1939. He matriculated at Princeton University and graduated from Tufts University in 1947 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In the interim, he served in the United States Army Air Corps, specializing in meteorology, in the Sudan, Ethiopia, Iraq, and the Pacific during World War II.

After the war, he worked for Eastern Malleable Iron in Naugatuck, and Waterbury Farrell. From 1960 until his retirement in 2000, he worked as an advertising representative for Thomas Publishing Company. He also founded and owned GOSH Electronics and Robitec Electronics, of New Britain and Cheshire respectively, for years.

In his spare time, he was an avid fly fisherman, snow skier, a voracious reader, and an engaging storyteller. He was a member of the 70+ Ski Club, and the Zipfelberger Ski Club, where he met his wife of 56 years. He was also a member of the Mayflower Society, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and served as President and Treasurer of the Southern Connecticut Business Professional Advertising Association. He also served on the Region 15 School Board, was a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Naugatuck Rotary Club, and served on the Vestry at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury.

He leaves his wife, Gwen, of Middlebury, his sons Scott of Oak Bluffs and Mark of Middlebury, and his favorite granddog, Poobah. He was very loved in life and is very loved now.

His funeral was held on January 13 at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury, followed by burial in Grove Cemetery, Naugatuck, with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr., P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, Conn. 06492-5022, or St. George’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 162, Middlebury, 06762-0162, or St. Vincent DePaul Society of Waterbury, 34 Willow St., Waterbury, 06710.

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