William "Sir William Robinson" Robinson
William (Alston) Robinson, was born on April 12, 1942 to the late Louis A. Pyatt and Louise Alston in Mauss Hill, now known as Hollywood, South Carolina. He departed this life on June 24, 2018 at the Jack D. Weiler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.
William was raised in Mauss Hill by his great aunt and great uncle, Bertha and Oscar Robinson, whom he affectionately called “Mama” and “Daddy” and was educated by the Charleston County school system. An only child, William was raised with a host of cousins, who served as his surrogate siblings. He was fun-loving and mischievous, traits that he carried through to adulthood. He often shared stories of growing up on the farm and skipping school with cousin Joseph and others to go fishing (no surprise). One of William’s favorite stories he often told was about “Daddy” (Oscar)… “Daddy kept his money in his pillowcase. So, I would climb in the bed and say, I’m sleeping with you tonight. Then I spent all night chewing a hole in the pillowcase and took the money out.” Then he would just laugh, with that mischievous twinkle in his eye. He loved and was well loved growing up in the country. He just hated farming…
In the early sixties, William migrated to New York City, and was a resident of the Bronx for 56 years. He was united in marriage with the late Virginia A. Robinson on November 27, 1962. To this union two daughters were born: Dana Alicia and Shanell Lois.
William was employed at John Civetta Construction in the Bronx until 1974 when he was employed by Penske Detroit Diesel Allison and later Atlantic DDA as a truck driver in Piscataway, NJ and Lodi, NJ. “Willie” worked at Atlantic DDA until he retired in 1994. He was a faithful member of Local 15C of the International Union of Operating Engineers and was honored to receive a special recognition pin from the union for his dedicated service. Again, his infectious, fun-loving and mischievous nature was evident to his employers, and co-workers and extended to everyone he met, which included the toll-booth clerks servicing the George Washington Bridge, PNC bank tellers at his branch in Lodi, and the waitresses at the diners he frequented in New Jersey (there were quite a few), who all knew him by name.
William had two passions: fishing and sports. His love for fishing began when he was a boy and continued until the end. He loved going fishing with his family and friends, especially his father, Louis Pyatt. “Sir William” was a faithful member of the Kodiak Fishing Club and served as their Treasurer. He loved attending the meetings, going on the fishing trips to North Carolina, Florida Keys and Massachusetts, among others and the comradery with his “fishing buddies.” He was an avid sports fan, and his favorite teams were the New York Mets and the New York Knicks, but his passion was the New York Giants. As a longtime family season ticket holder, William faithfully attended New York Giants games with “Uncle Walter” starting back when the Giants played at Yankee Stadium and the former Giants Stadium in New Jersey. On any given Sunday, the neighbors could hear him yelling “FUMBLE” or “THROW THE BALL.”
He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Dana A. Robinson (Scarsdale, NY) and Shanell L. Robinson (Hackensack, NJ); step-mother, Helen Pyatt (New York, NY); two aunts, Marguerite Pyatt and Rosalee (Pyatt) Gibbs; brothers-in-law, Melvin Smalls, Jr., Matthew Smalls, Joe Glover, Jerry Peacock and James Daniels; sisters-in-law, Angelet (Smalls) Glover, Della Mae Smalls, Cathleen (Smalls) Peacock and Jeanette Smalls; 2 God-Children, Melor (Smalls) Stewart and Jason Ravenell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.