Obituary of Julian K. Robinson
Julian K Robinson, known to his family and friends as Red, passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2023.
Red was born on August 26, 1953, to the late Charlotte Kennedy Robinson and Scott Stites Robinson and grew up in Douglaston, NY with his two brothers, Rob and Scott, before getting married and moving to Levittown.
Red's career path had a few twists and turns. After a short stint studying architecture and doing some drafting work for NYC, Red worked in fast food and restaurant kitchens. During this time, he met Debbie, who was to become his wife, and returned to college where he studied Hotel and Restaurant Management and earned his Associate's Degree. After several years of working in restaurant kitchens, Red moved on and joined the United States Postal Service as a carrier, where he stayed for over 33 years before retiring last year.
Red was a kind, good-hearted and easygoing soul who made an impression on people and made friends wherever he went. He cared deeply for others - his family, his friends, his coworkers, and his customers on his routes - he was always there to help or to listen. He never liked being the focus of attention and preferred small gatherings and quiet conversations. He had a unique knack of being able to talk to just about anyone. He was comfortable being goofy with his nieces and nephews or having a deep heart-to-heart conversation with them. Just about everyone he leaves behind has a story, not only of time spent together but also of a special connection, shared experience or conversation that impacted them.
Beyond his love of his family and friends and his dedication to his job, Red enjoyed many things in his life. His love of bowling was well known but he also had a penchant for writing children's stories - two things he had to step away from and had looked forward to returning to in retirement. He had many stories from his years hiking in the White Mountains with his brothers and happy memories of traveling with his wife, Debbie. He loved spending time with family and friends - anytime, anywhere was a good time to get together. He enjoyed taking a ride out to the wineries on the North Fork, to the beach to unwind after walking his route in the summer heat, and more recently out east to look for the eagles - to name a few. He was a NY Mets fan, so a lot of years he may not have had a lot to cheer about, but he always rooted for them.
Red's love of bowling played a big part in his life for many years - from the early days when he bowled with his dad in the Douglaston Club, to his early dates with Debbie, and with the many close friendships that started out by a chance meeting on a bowling league. With all the good things that came from his bowling, there was one aspect that always frustrated him - the elusive 300 game!
Red leaves behind his wife of almost 40 years, Debbie, his brother and sister-in-law Rob & Candy, his brother Scott, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Mark & Cathy, Maureen & Artie and Janice & Jim, his nieces and nephews James, Jess & Chris, Tim & Amber, Mike & Tessa, Nick & Kayla, Jason, and Kelly & Talia and several grandnieces and grandnephews. He loved them all and they him.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital