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Passing of Manoah “Robbie” Robison

Robbie passed away peacefully yesterday, May 5th in Ripon, Ca. with his family by his side. He had been battling ALS of his throat and airways for many years but had only been diagnosed with it two years ago. Robbie was 84 years old

Robbie was born in Mississippi with a family of 15 brothers and sisters. To say they were poor would be an understatement to the term “dirt poor.” He went to high school with another deeply poor person, her name: Virginia Wynette Pugh but we all knew her as Tammy Wynette! “What are the chances?   Wanting to see more of the world Robbie joined the Air Force and was stationed in Santa Maria at Vandenburg A.F.B. He was assigned as an M.P. and given a guard dog and patrolled the missile sites. He obviously left the missile sites on more than one occasion as he met his future wife to be Linda, who was completing her senior year in high school.

They hit it off and a few years later after Linda graduated and attended Allan Hancock Jr. College and became a PBX operator, they decided to tie the knot. That knot endured for 62 years. They raised two children, Rhonda who became a CHP officer only to be injured in a bad car crash but is now working for the Ca. Dept of Social Services investigating cases of elder abuse, (that means us!) and child abuse. Their other child was Randy who was a career fire fighter for Mountain View, serving 29 years, was promoted to engineer and specialized in hazardous materials. Linda and Robbie have (6) grandchildren and (2) great grandchildren.

Robbie served on the San Jose Police Dept. for (23) years from 1965-1988 retiring as a lieutenant having worked multiple assignments including everyone’s favorite: Internal Affairs! Prior to lieutenant Robbie was a supervisor in the F.T.O. program; worked with me as partners in the auto theft detail and worked in narcotics as an undercover officer where he took on the appearance of a crazy, drug fueled homeless person! Perhaps Robbie’s favorite assignment of all was as a patrol officer where he served many years as a canine officer with his beloved best friend, Shadow! All of us loved Shadow! Robbie was known to have a quick wit and great sense of humor. As an example: one day I asked him how he liked being a lieutenant and he said, “I hate it! I’m studying now to take the next sergeants exam!” Ah, that was Robbie!

Robbie will go to his final resting place at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, Ca. There will be a Celebration of Life for Robbie at the First Baptist Church at 803 Ripona Av. Ripon, Ca. 95366 Sat. May 27th at 11am with reception to follow.

You can send cards to Linda Robison at 1752 Daniel Dr. Ripon, Ca. 95366

RIP old friend.

Dennis McKenzie

Robinson Family




16 Thoughts on “UPDATE: RIP Manoah “ROB” ROBINSON

  1. Robbie was one of the finest men I had the pleasure of knowing during my years at SJPD

  2. One of the finest to pin on the badge. Rest in peace in the arms of GOD in your new and perfect body my friend.

  3. Rob was a great friend all the way from our attending the ’65 academy together at San Jose City College to present day. His sense of humor was contagious and he was joy to work with and be around. RIP

  4. RIP Sir. One of the finest I was honored to know and work with. I know you’re home with our good Lord above my friend.

  5. A good down to earth man. He was always a pleasure to talk with him about country life.

  6. R.I.P. Robbie. You’ve done it all and in fine fashion. Honored to have spent so much time working with you.

  7. Robie was my friend and brother in Christ. He came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior shortly after his wife Linda gave her life to Christ. He raised two wonderful children that also came to Christ as did his grandchildren. I say all of this because it is what Rob would want to talk about. Not himself but hoping all who read this would ask Christ to Save then from thier sin. Rob will hear Jesus say “well done my good and faithful servant.” Love you brother. Bill and Ssndy Clark

  8. R.I.P. Lt. Such an honor and blessing to work for you. Peace be with you and your family!

  9. Rest in peace, my friend. Our time goes back to City College 1965. You could be depended on and always kept your word. I’m so sorry for all the suffering you have endured these last few years. The blessing is you are relieved of your pain and with your lord.

  10. RIP Robbie. I am so glad we got to be friends way back when. Such a great guy to work for; definitely one of the BEST.

  11. Robbie was my first FTO Sergeant when I joined SJPD. I was a lateral Officer and he came to our swearing in ceremony and introduced himself to my wife and I and said I was assigned to his team. Being a kid from Michigan, this impressed my wife and I a lot. Robbie was just a “Class Act”. RIP sir.

  12. It was an honor to work with him, for him and around him. Robbie was a fine police officer and a Christian gentlemen. RIP dear friend.

  13. What a great man Robbie was. Not only as a police officer but just a wonderful person. RIP Robbie, you will be missed.

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