Walter A. Robinson

Obituary for Walter A. Robinson

July 16, 1931 - January 28, 2019
Alton, New Hampshire | Age 87


Walter A Robinson of Alton, NH passed away peacefully on January 28, at the Wolfeboro Bay Center, in Wolfeboro, NH, with family at his side.
Walter was born on July 16, 1931, in Chelsea, MA to Jay L Robinson of Brooklyn, NY and Gladys L (Hood) Robinson, of Newbury VT. He grew up in Everett, MA.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Poole Robinson, of Sherborn, MA. He will be greatly missed by his children and grandsons. Tracey Tardif and Husband Murray with sons Dylan, Jayme, Nevin, and Declan of Dunstable, MA and Keith Robinson and his wife Stephanie with sons Kolton and Ty of Kensington, NH. Walter (Granky) had a very close and loving relationship with his grandsons all of whom played hockey, among other sports. They were a great source of pride to him, for the children they were , and the young adults they became. He kept abreast on all the details of their lives whether it be sports, jobs, girlfriends, or school grades. He always had advice to give right up until his passing.
He is also survived by beloved nieces and nephews, Carolyn, Linda, Claudia, Eddie and John whom he spent a great deal of time with and shared many special memories, including skating, skiing, fishing and boating together.
He is predeceased by his sisters, Lois Lawrence of Westford and Ruth Altieri of Wakefield, MA. as well as his nephew Jay Lawrence.
Many summers of his youth were spent working on his grandparents farm in Topsham, VT. He loved riding the family horse and predawn fishing for brook trout to be enjoyed at breakfast by many family members. Other special memories were spent in North Truro, MA where his siblings had cottages. All family members as well as his parents enjoyed great times there.
His wife's sisters and their spouses, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, were an uplifting presence in his life. He was loved by all and considered each his family.
After attending Everett High School, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed at Nellis Air Base in Las Vegas. He taught driving school and did mechanical work. The highlight, however, was playing baseball for the Air Force as a pitcher. He was then drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. A shoulder injury
brought that position to an end.
After his discharge he studied and became a Journeyman Electrician at Local 103 in Boston. He was a member for 66 years at his passing. He was foreman on many jobs for Mass Electric and later spent 16 years at Suffolk Downs as a permanent Electrician. Also while working at Suffolk Downs, a second job included running the spotlights in Boston Garden from the ceiling catwalk for the Ice Capades, Circus, Concerts, and Disney on Ice. He also was a locker room attendant for several years for the Boston Bruins which led to the family's love of Hockey and his son's eventual career.
One of his jobs was an assignment at Shoppers World in Framingham, where he met Sandy, an Assistant Buyer at Jordan Marsh. He proposed after a few months and they were married 6 months later on November, 27, 1965. They moved to their new home in Tewksbury, MA, where they spent 25 years and raised their children. While in Tewksbury Walter coached The Reds Little League team. He enjoyed cheering on the High School Football team where Tracey was a Majorette. He also enjoyed watching Keith play Hockey for the High School. During their time in Tewksbury, they made friendships with neighbors that became friends for life.
In 1972 while on a family vacation, Sandy and Wally purchased a time share interval at the Windrifter in Wolfeboro. They fell in love with the "Oldest Resort Town in America", which led them to purchase the abandoned Clark Homestead on South Main Street in 1980. Seeing the need for affordable rentals in the area and after town approvals, they put in 6 apartments, which later became the first condo conversions in Wolfeboro.
Upon retiring the couple completed construction of an abandoned camp on Rattlesnake Island where many more happy memories were made.
Eventually the family decided to build a home on a large parcel overlooking the Lake in West Alton, NH. Although enjoyed by all it proved to be too remote for that stage of their lives. Upon selling the property they enjoyed the next several summers with carefree living at Roberts Knoll Campground.
After spending winters in Port Charlotte, and North Port, Florida a dear friend invited them to Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor for a visit. They loved it, and immediately put a deposit on a unit. Many happy winters were spent there with family and friends.
The Robinson Family would like to thank those at Wolfeboro Bay Center who went above and beyond normal care for Wally in his final months by a consoling hug or light- hearted banter. His life was enriched by the compassionate care of his Hospice Nurse and LNA.
Lastly, it is with grateful hearts that the family would like to thank, Gail and Dave, Faith and Rod, and Dolly and Jim for daily visits, endless support and unwavering love for both Wally and Sandy. Without the prayers of family and friends the difficult journey of the past year would have been unbearable.
A Celebration of life will be held at a later date at The Windrifter in Wolfeboro. Family and friends will be notified.

The Cremation Society of New Hampshire is assisting the family.

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